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post #26 of 74 (permalink) Old 28th July 2005
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Flash wash

I have got one of these and whilst I have only used it 6 or 7 times, can confirm that it does actually work. The filter which comes as standard doesn't last very long (only 3 or 4 washes) and then you will see the odd spot on the car after it has dried. If you follow the instructions, it really does have a great effect. The Flash detergent is good at loosening squashed flies as well.

It is satisfying to rinse the car off with the "de-ionised" water, walk away and see it dry to a shine without you having to touch it!
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As it stands, mine's a contract hire car, so it's not worth sorting anything that I think will slip by the guy who comes to take it away. Based on past experience, apart from the cracked fog light, I don't think there's anything bad enough for him to actually flag it up on the paperwork.
I have bad news for you... the situation has changed in the last couple of years!
In fact, the whole motor industry has changed in the last few years... I have just finished a 19 page guide on the subject, so forgive me if I don't feel like explaining the whole situation on this forum (I'l post a link to the guide when it goes live - waiting for approval by the BVRLA).
But the long and the short of it was that lease and contract hire companies were getting problems... apparently one guy returned his car, or what was left of it in a holdall, Another story is that some guy mixed up cement in the back of his vehicle!
Anyway, the leasing companies got tough, fleet managers got a nasty shock, and so passed all the recharges onto the drivers. Smart fleet managers managed their cars better, they had less penalties, the lease companies made more money from the cars at the end of contract, and passed some of this back to fleet managers in the form of better deals.
And so both the leasing companies and the fleet managers like the new get tough policy.
And I swear that some lease companies have realized they can make a small fortune in re-charges.

Anyway, some contract hire and Leasing companies are still soft on the Fair Wear & Tear Standard, but many more have got really tough over the last 2-3 years.

We are finding that they are flagging things like excessive stone chips and small panel dents, they will even do you for things like stained seats and minor scuffs on wheels.

If you got your car yourself through a dealership, then they are more likely to go easier on you, but if your car is part of a fleet - you should consider having an independant inspection done.

Last year leasing companies charged British companies 120,000,000 in penalty recharges*, with some lease companies charging an average of 600 per car for wear and tear *Source: Fleet News Net FN50 - 2004 - www.fleetnewsnet.co.uk
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ive used the flash system on my Metallic Black Grand Scenic....it seems to work really well even used it on my van which tends to get covered in filth after a weeks driving.I would recommend it to speed up washing as you dont need to chamois after unless your like me...lol
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I've been thinking about this system too. I've just got a dark blue Laguna estate, and washed it for the first time yesterday. We live in a hard water area, and it was covered in small white circles when I'd finished (lime marks I guess). It took me over an hour to polish them all off. I never had this with my old car as it was a lighter colour, and metallic.

I'm just wondering if this flash system will still work ok in a hard water area. If you didn't have to chamois afterwards it would be great (there's a lot of panel area to an estate...lol)

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post #30 of 74 (permalink) Old 21st August 2005
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Uhm - I know what you mean:

MG ZT-T + 18" 11-spoke alloys = lots of chamois action!

I noticed in a magazine an advert for an industrial scale filter that clicked onto a tap with a normal Hozelock attachment. This gave something like 50 washes which sounds a bit more like it for about 40

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