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Polish your own car and save money.

Friday, June 7, 2013

For those of us who drive, it is quite common to see those kiosks in car parks which offer to wash and polish our cars for $40 or so. Then, if we become "members", we get a member price ($28?) and this would involve signing up for a "package" which requires us to pay in advance for a few sessions.

I have always wanted to try these and approached one kiosk a couple of weeks ago. The old uncle manning the kiosk put me off with his attitude. Business was very good, I guess.

Anyway, after almost 3 years, the bonnet of my red colour car was looking washed out. Seriously, it puzzles me why the bonnet was the only part of the car that looked like it was dying. The rest of the car, after a good wash, would still look pretty good.

Yesterday, when I went shopping with my sister, I decided to buy a bottle of car polish. I didn't want those heavy wax type which I have used before for my previous cars. Those really worked up a sweat. I saw on TV that they have those spray on ones. Spray, spread and buff. Looks easy. Cost: S$12.00 only.

I went home, washed the bonnet and proceeded to spray, spread and buff. Since it was the first polish in almost 3 years, I did it twice over and when I was done, I was perspiring. Good work out!

The car looks better now although not showroom condition.

I am sure I still have plenty of polish left in the bottle. Should last a few more years.

So, if you are thinking of giving your car a polish, maybe you could try doing it yourself this weekend. Save money and get a good workout at the same time.


Don_Jerome said...

Think they should do a documentary on your life. Would be enlightening to a lot of people struggling to save money. :)

Sorry a bit too free tdy... :p

AK71 said...

Hi Jeremy,


"Struggling to save money? Watch this documentary on how AK71 saved money by polishing his own car after having spent a small fortune buying one!"


ivan said...

Hi AK,

I am perhaps the only person in Singapore who happen to wash my own car twice a year on average (normally during Chinese New Year) since buying it brand new (Accord) back in 2006. Whenever there is a great down pour, I am the first to celebrate :)


AK71 said...

Hi ivan,

I have a friend who would squirt shampoo on his car and drive it out when there is heavy rain on days he is off from work!

coconut said...

no no no, i used to keep 2 big towels in my car, so after a raining day when i park my car, if its dirty ofcos, i will pull out these towels and just wipe dry the car, very simple, no need shampoo or polish, lagi save money and time and energy.

AK71 said...

Hi coconut,

You win liao!

Now, the only way for me to do it even cheaper is to buy only 1 towel instead of 2! ;p

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