Cost of Living in Mexico: Car Wash

Source: Q-Roo Paul

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.

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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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

9 Comments on "Cost of Living in Mexico: Car Wash"

  1. Love this blog. I am heading to Puerta Vallerta. Really like it there.

  2. Great post! Even cheaper on the West coast. Last year, near Puerto Escondido we were asked for 30 pesos for the best inside, outside car wash we had ever had!

  3. Absolutely fantastic. I’ll have to check what this costs in Ensenada.

  4. Derek Barlow | October 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm |

    I would love if you would do a cost of living for a month . I think it would be a great blog entry .

  5. I verify it’s the same in Mazatlan. The surroundings may not be high tech (sometimes its sponges and buckets under an awning, , but they do give it tender loving care.

  6. In Pátzcuaro, Michóacan, we generally opt for a bucket carwash at the plaza while we are shopping or walking around the plaza for exercise. The man does a really good job on the exterior of our pickup truck for 60 pesos and we add a tip. Helps us, helps him.

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