Thursday, July 24, 2008

Waiting to wash

Somehow, I've never felt a need to take my car to someplace just to have it washed by a machine. And I haven't known anyone in Chennai who has actually done something like that. I am sure there would be folks who have; but unlike for the Loch Ness monster or the Sasquatch, we don't even have grainy photographs showing folks swerving their vehicles furtively into this MRF Tyredrome on Cathedral Road. And the more or less dry floor does not support the theory that Automatic Car Washes are Minting Money in Chennai. MRF can probably afford to run this along; it is rumoured that they charge Rs.200 a go; for that money, you have machines cleaning the inside and washing the outside while you get to wait in the lounge. And anyway, this is just a talking point for MRF, they're into other, bigger things. (Yes, they're the same guys who advertise on the outdoor thermometer of an earlier post).

If they'd at least let people sit in the car while it is washed, it might have been interesting for kids to see it from the inside. But for the kind of money that they (are rumoured to) charge, I can have someone come in every day for a month to wash my vehicle - he might even agree to wash the undercarriage, something that urban legend says this MRF Tyredrome does not do!

Would love to hear if you - or anyone you know - has used this. Any stories?


Hilda said...

Gosh, we don't even have a single automated car wash here in Manila. When you see a car wash sign here, it means a guy with a high-pressure water hose. ;)

Shantaram said...

>> Hilda>> I can imagine that - there are many of those over here, too!

Anonymous said...

car wash or eye wash we do them at home with the available water in taps.
actually like most chennaites i do car cleaning(If you can call that!!) only once in a week i.e on sunday.

Shantaram said...

>> Rajineel>> That seems to be what all of us do - does this machine ever get into operation? :o