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I already told my dealership I do not want them to wash, wax, or even take off any of the covers. Anyone else ask their dealer to do this? I just did not order my car with the DSO (dealer swirl option). I plan to do a complete detail of the car as soon as I get it (wash, clay, polish, sealant, and wax). I figure I can save my self some work if I prevent any unnecessary swirls being put onto my baby.
 

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H20Stingray, love it, the "DSO" option. Some are masters at it. Conversely, there is a shop that always brings out a brand new microfiber wash mit, two buckets, and more when my car goes in there. They have earned my repeat business, and if the bill is a few bucks more for the treatment they give me, happy to pay it.

My shop is a non-DSO shop!
 

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Of course not , many do request this.. Send me an email and I'll send your some simple lists of products that make it easy.
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Thanks Glen, right now Adam's has hooked me up big time. They gave me an awesome discount since I am military. Got a two bucket wash, foam gun, cyclo polisher, pads, clay, polishes, sealants, waxes, brushes, interior cleaner/leather conditioners, microfiber towels like it is going out of style and so much more just to say the least. Now I have been looking at your opti-coat usage and may give that a try in the future if I do not like my current paint sealant.


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I talked to my dealership about this. They said, "Don't worry, we are a large Corvette volume dealer (true), and only a few of our detail guys at this Chevy dealership have graduated to the point where they touch the 'vettes." I am inclined to believe them. What are your thoughts?
 

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I talked to my dealership about this. They said, "Don't worry, we are a large Corvette volume dealer (true), and only a few of our detail guys at this Chevy dealership have graduated to the point where they touch the 'vettes." I am inclined to believe them. What are your thoughts?
Call me paranoid but I am big on the if you want it done right do it yourself. You would be amazed how a fresh coat of wax can cover swirls up. I want a clean slate so I know exactly what I am working with where I can remove all the swirls on my own and then take the proper steps to ensure I correctly protect my "as close to perfect" finish. If they do clean/wax my car it is just going to also add another step of me having to remove all of their wax and worst case scenario have to polish out their swirl marks.

Also on a side note if they have Larry from /Drive Clean & AMMO NYC in back he can touch my car all day.


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I already told my dealership I do not want them to wash, wax, or even take off any of the covers. Anyone else ask their dealer to do this? I just did not order my car with the DSO (dealer swirl option). I plan to do a complete detail of the car as soon as I get it (wash, clay, polish, sealant, and wax). I figure I can save my self some work if I prevent any unnecessary swirls being put onto my baby.
That's exactly what I told my dealer yesterday! After reading these forum blogs, I plan on meeting the truck at delivery. The salesman was somewhat shocked and said his PDI guy was very good. That may be, but why take the chance?

BTW, I even told him to leave the plastic on the seats!

I plan on following Glen's detailing tips, his car looks super!

Thanks to all the forum users for their valuable input, I learned a lot.
 

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Thanks Glen, right now Adam's has hooked me up big time. They gave me an awesome discount since I am military. Got a two bucket wash, foam gun, cyclo polisher, pads, clay, polishes, sealants, waxes, brushes, interior cleaner/leather conditioners, microfiber towels like it is going out of style and so much more just to say the least. Now I have been looking at your opti-coat usage and may give that a try in the future if I do not like my current paint sealant.


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I'll send you the docs....there is no "best" product - they all work great - I use adam's too and love their stuff. It's more the procedure that is important. The secret is in the polish stage, not the "wax" stage. Get the surface like a mirror with polish and an orbital and then the "wax" is just a sealer....people miss this....so "what's the best wax?" is way off base....polish the car right and you can you your dad's simonize and get fantastic results....

and as far as "do some dealers get the detail right?" - Of course they do! But you never know when that one MF dirty towel or wool pad on a rotary is rushed on your car and you swirl....Just get it home and do it right, IMO...
 

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I'll send you the docs....there is no "best" product - they all work great - I use adam's too and love their stuff. It's more the procedure that is important. The secret is in the polish stage, not the "wax" stage. Get the surface like a mirror with polish and an orbital and then the "wax" is just a sealer....people miss this....so "what's the best wax?" is way off base....polish the car right and you can you your dad's simonize and get fantastic results....

and as far as "do some dealers get the detail right?" - Of course they do! But you never know when that one MF dirty towel or wool pad on a rotary is rushed on your car and you swirl....Just get it home and do it right, IMO...
couldn't have said it better myself. ^^^^^This man dun got it right. Not to sound like a dork but Glen would definitely be Jedi Master status.
 

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Make sure they stay on top of that and your dealer is top notch. I asked for same thing, ie covers on, etc but when I got the car, the car covers were off (and thrown away to my dismay). They did give me car cover from another vette later and also gave me an outdoor car cover free of charge for my troubles. Just make sure they know exactly what you want at delivery.
 

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Make sure they stay on top of that and your dealer is top notch. I asked for same thing, ie covers on, etc but when I got the car, the car covers were off (and thrown away to my dismay). They did give me car cover from another vette later and also gave me an outdoor car cover free of charge for my troubles. Just make sure they know exactly what you want at delivery.
Yeah they better do it, or this guy won't be a happy camper and will expect some type of compensation.
 

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MIne was still dirty from the train and truck rides, woohoo. Just rinsed off I think. No chance for swirls or anything else
 

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As per scottsdaledave's post, it is imperative we make all our pre-delivery inspection (PDI) process directions (for they are a lot more than wishes) known up front, pleasantly, but early, and at least a couple of times. And for each of us, as much as is possible, should track the progress of our cars as it gets close to our dealership, and, again if possible, welcome our car as it arrives to the dealership (yes, to welcome it, but to be there to make sure all dealership staff know how much you care, and how closely we will watch over how they do the PDI process.

Here's related threads that amplifies on these and everyone's above comments and thoughts regarding the PDI process, though PDI is not something to get panicked over, but something to methodically approach and work through. Making our expectations known up front in a positive and pleasant manner is the key to setting the PDI tone. And as stated in one of the following threads, due to the GM's customer satisfaction follow-up survey, which specifically asks how the delivery process was handled by the dealer, you have leverage (within reason). Additionally, if/as necessary, I remind them that they way they take care of my car through the PDI process, will determine if I bring it back to them for its lifetime of services. My goal is always to make friends with those who are handing me keys to my car, and it often works.

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum...s/699-pdi-what-will-new-delivery-involve.html

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum...363-new-pre-delivery-pdi-inspection-form.html

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum...sions/992-delivery-inspection-check-list.html

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum.../890-important-when-you-pick-up-your-car.html

Note, a couple of these threads were written a while ago, and we have collectively learned a lot over the past 3 1/2 months deliveries, such as the transport covers are best used once for transport, not for repetitive use, etc.
 

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I am planning on picking mine up at the museum. I hope I don't need to be worried about them.....right???
 

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Museum Delivery experience is second to none, with the most experienced, best PDI program and staff in the country! The private factory tour is outstanding, far more detailed than a public tour.

You made an outstanding choice, one we did before on our C6 Z06 and one we look forward to on our C7 Z.
 

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The dealer has touched my paint for the last time when I picked it up. The black paint still seems a little soft so waiting to clay polish wax and wrap.
 

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I was at a car show at the local Doge dealer a few months ago and they had a new Viper on display and they had ruined the paint with the DSO option....could not believe it! And the saleman by it was bragging about how their body shop di a custom "Buff and polish" to prepare it for the show.
 
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