Prior to moving to Mexico, I spent a great deal of time researching the cost of living in the Riviera Maya — or at least attempting to do so. Although there were a lot of articles that claimed that it was cheaper to live south of the border, I had trouble finding any exact figures. This made it difficult to determine if we could live comfortably within our means in Mexico and definitely added to the stress of moving abroad.
For that reason, we have decided to include more blogs containing detailed information about the cost of living. We already did one with our monthly bills and the cost of health care. Today I am going to talk about the cost of getting a quality car wash.
When we lived in the U.S., I used to either wash my own car or run it through the little automatic car wash at the gas station. The second option never left the car clean and I had to deal with random dirty patches that were clearly visible once it dried.
I occasionally opted for a more quality and thorough cleaning of the car at a local car wash but this generally ran between $20 – $30 USD depending on the package that I chose.
Let’s compare those experiences with getting a car wash here in Mexico.
We get our car washed at a local car wash in Tulum. They do an outstanding job and really take their time with each car — usually around 30-45 minutes.
It is very similar to the $30 car wash that we would occasionally spring for back in Florida: hand wash and dry; interior wiped down; floor mats removed and cleaned; interior and trunk vacuumed; and the tires sprayed with Armor All.
So, how much does this type of car wash cost in this part of Mexico? $75 pesos or $4.02 USD at the current exchange rate. Not bad, huh?
The business does offer more detailed levels of cleaning that cost a bit more but all of the prices are far below those we were used to seeing in the U.S.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Although I never looked at the cost of services like car washes prior to moving to Mexico, I thought that some of the readers might find the information useful.
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