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How Do You Plan On Keeping Your Vehicle Fresh

Warm weather is approaching! How do you plan on keeping your vehicle looking like new?
  That nasty salt form the roads, the months without cleaning. Your vehicle is due for a nice and full detail. How are you going about getting it done? Do you hire a professional or do it yourself?
  I remember when I bought my first car. It was October of 1999. That awesome (sarcasm) 1990 Chrysler New Yorker was my one and only pride and joy. When I first drove that car off the lot, I was the proudest 17 yr old boy ever.  The vehicle was black, and never stayed clean.  By the time I got home, there was already dirt on the fenders. I grabbed the wash bucket and washed the entire car. The next day, I drove it to school while it was raining in the morning. By the afternoon, the rain had stopped and left nothing but water spots all over the hood. There I was, with the wash bucket again.  I assumed that because I bought the car from a "professional place of business", that they would have waxed and protected it. It took till the spring when I finally got around to waxing and sealing the paint. Boy, what a difference. The water just ran right off the paint. Before it sorta just soaked right in. It was a full week before the car needed a wash again. Even after that wash, it stayed clean another week after that. That's when i realized that the place I bought the vehicle from, never waxed it. They just cleaned it. From there on out, I made sure all of my vehicles were fully detailed every 3 months. Detailing was a leisure for me, not a chore. I'm sure you all know the feeling of accomplishment of that sparkling clean car when your finished. 
  Unfortunately, It takes a full day, maybe even more for the average DYI to detail their own vehicles. Then you need to purchase all the supplies which could cost about $200.00. Then there is always the hard labor of polishing and waxing. Yep, detailing, isn't for everyone.
  So tell us, Do you do your own detailing? If so, what products do you use and how long does it take you? Do you hire someone? What is the average price you do, or would, pay? Would you rather have a  mobile detailer perform a detail in your driveway, or would you bring it to a fixed location? And, last, have you had any horror stories about a detail you or someone performed?