How much to tip the guy who hand dries you car at the car washes?

Carlo Medina

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I was just at a car wash today. I got the premium wash, which was normally $13.99 but I had a coupon for $9.99. The guy who finishes the car--by this I mean does the drying, windows and tires, no hand wax--took about 10 minutes for the job, diligently working the whole time. I tipped him $3 but I have no idea if this is appropriate.
Does this sound right? What would you guys tip?
 

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I always say tip them what you think they deserve. I give them between 3-5 bucks depending upon how fast and friendly they are.
 

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By the way, just so everyone knows. That tip goes to everyone that works at the car wash. The guy that does the drying will put the tip into a pot that everyone splits. At least that's the way it was explained to me at one of the hand car washes I used to frequent. That way the guy that did a good job washing off the bird poop, or the guy that vacuumed out all the dirt also gets a piece of the tip.
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$14 for a car wash?!!
No kidding. I had a similar reaction. I pay $2, get out, and use the little wand myself. I then get on the freeway and dry it off at a high rate of speed. Works pretty well.
Sometimes I treat myself to a $5 automatic wash...

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Joel Mack

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Dang, I had no idea I was Mr. Moneybags, here.

I routinely drop $20 for a wash and tip $5...
Call me "sucker". Everyone else does...

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Mark Lee

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You guys have to take into account that this is LA -- a car is your second home (maybe even your first home in some cases....). When hordes of people pay for regular $100.00 detailing jobs for their Bimmers and Benzos around here, a $15 car wash don't look so bad....
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Carlo Medina

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Yes, it's a lot. The $14 wash is for 100% hand wash/dry, no machine scrubbers touch your finish. They do have a $6.99 version that they don't do so much interior/tire/sealer wax stuff, but I figured since I had the $9.99 coupon for the step up, why not spring the extra $3?
Also, I would always do the car wash myself...except this is West L.A. and no one has a lawn or driveway unless you're rich. And there aren't any of those do-it-yourself stations that I've seen. My apartment complex strictly prohibits car washing or repair in the underground parking lot.
 

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This must be a west coast thing, because here: A) I've never tipped for my car wash and B) I've never seen anyone else tip.
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I usually tip $3. Here in Atlanta (N. Druid Hills & Buford) it's $14.99, and they send the car through an automatic carwash. The $15 includes vacuuming the interior first, wash and the spray on wax during the auto wash, hand cleaning the interior windows, dash, etc and hand drying the car.
 

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Yeah tipping totally sucks, whoever invented standardized tipping should be pointed towards the closest firing range.
When I lived in Ireland tipping was definitely not the norm but then you would get the occasional person who liked to always tip and then they would just drop a load of cash for a tip and I guess this makes up for everyone else.
Aaron
 

Mark Lee

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A lot of Mr. Pinks here....

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