Fellow burners, here's a note to keep for next year. All us automobile renters (we came from NY), face the same problem every year...how to get that vehicle shiny and pristeen, so the rental companies don't whack us with a BM surcharge. Personally, I understand their concerns.
Just want to say athat we went to the Buggy Bath car wash on Virginia, a couiple of miles outside of downtown Reno. By the way, this is just across the street from Heidi's, which has the best breakfast in town as far as I'm concerned.
Anyway, I couldn't believe this place. First they hand-wash your car - and then you go through the car wash. After this your car is hand dried and vacuumed. Here's where things started to get interesting. I swear to you that three guys worked on the interior and exterior of my car for - no exaggeration, like 30 minutes. I've experienced this level of car care before, but only when paying well over $100 for a detail. This was just a car wash for crying out loud. $12, with a $5 surcharge because I had a monster SUV and it was obvious I had come from BM. $3 tip. $20 total, and this car looked about the way it did when Dollar rent-a-car first picked it up at the showroom.
I'll probably fire off a nice letter to the owner of the Buggy Bath, but these folks are burner-friendly, and gave me probably the best car-wash I have ever had in my life, for a ridiculously piddling sum, considering the time and effort expended. These guys deserve our patronage.
So, next year, trash the shit out of your rental, as we always do, then take the dust-encrusted contraption to the Buggy Bath and watch it be transfromed into a pristine gem before your very eyes!