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I'm going to be moving in the next couple of months. I found a condo that's perfect with one exception, possibly: No hoses to wash the car. With me being me, the tiny detail of not being able to wash my car myself is a dealbreaker. A popular solution for this problem seems to be using one of these waterless car wash liquids. Of course I'm skeptical because the last thing I want to do is scratch my paint. The one that seems to be the best one out there is Optimum No Rise. All the folklore I've read/seen points to this being a pretty good product. Does anyone else have experience with either ONA or one of the other waterless car wash products? if not, what do you condo/apartment dwellers do to keep your rides clean/ Thanks in advance.

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I'm going to be moving in the next couple of months. I found a condo that's perfect with one exception, possibly: No hoses to wash the car. With me being me, the tiny detail of not being able to wash my car myself is a dealbreaker. A popular solution for this problem seems to be using one of these waterless car wash liquids. Of course I'm skeptical because the last thing I want to do is scratch my paint. The one that seems to be the best one out there is Optimum No Rise. All the folklore I've read/seen points to this being a pretty good product. Does anyone else have experience with either ONA or one of the other waterless car wash products? if not, what do you condo/apartment dwellers do to keep your rides clean/ Thanks in advance.

A little bit of plumbing work under the sink, and you could install a faucet you can attach your hose to and run it out the window. This is what I did when I needed to fill my kiddie pool in the college apartment complex.

I'm skeptical about the waterless car wash...

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Thankfully, it's not an issue anymore. I've since soured on that condo - got a bad vibe after going back a second time and noticing the floors in the living room were pretty badly buckled. I'm now in negotiations to purchase a freestanding townhouse in the same development. I have two outdoor faucets, and the HOA actually seems pretty reasonable and has no rules against car washing.

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Well, this HOA seems pretty OK and not too anal. The owners tell me they're on top of things as far as maintaining what they're supposed to maintain. Since it's a freestanding unit I have more things that are my responsiblity but more leeway in what I can and can't do. I'd have seriously considered nixing the deal if I couldn't wash my car. It's a fair compromise between an apartment and a house I own myself. A lot of the burdens of homeownership are someone else's problem, which frees a lot of my time, and yet I'm building equity.

As for the Corvette - it's on the market. I haven't done much of anything because it's been one thing after another for the past couple of years. I can't fit it where I'm going, and I need the money for furntiture, etc. I have an interested buyer, so hopefully this pans out. Maybe once things stabilize I'll be able to take on another toy.

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