I use two Home Depot Homer buckets, both with grit guards in the bottom. I never take it to a car wash and I'd never let the dealer wash the car either.
I like autogeek.net for detailing supplies. It's also where I got the grit guards. My 10 year old car still gets lots of looks and looks better than when new -- aside from some rock chips here and there. It's not garaged and typically in the Florida heat. I am currently in the middle of her 4th strip and wax/seal. Hopefully with your new Avalon you will only need to wash and dry her for a little while.
Thanks for the insight.
I just drove the new Avalon, and here's my first impressions:
Well first my quick first impressions. (about 30 minute drive, 18-22 miles +-)
- The fit and finish is very good
- The doors feel real good and solid opening & closing
- The interior, (seats, floors, Center Console, Dash) is very nice
- The Nav is much nicer in appearance
- The GRILL is fine with the nice larger plastic plate frame that comes with the car
- Back Seat Heated and spacious
The NOT so Good
- The sunroof cover is WAY to thin, and cheap
- The seat belt straps are thinner and feel cheap
Although they pull nice, firm and smooth. (weight savings)
- The steering wheel will take some getting use to (it's slippery so you have to hold on tightly (maybe making you tired))
- Back seat should have a fan control along with the temp control
- Rear seats took a long time to heat up
- An awful lot of plastic (and thin too) (weight savings)
- Super Saver Spare Tire (weight savings)
The Not sure yet:
- The seats are nice and firm (Long rides?)
- Controls on the dash are a bit of a reach for me
- Not any quieter then my 2011
- Different ride then my 2011
These are just a few of the things I got out of my first test drive.