Everyone, save yourselves the $8 bucks it costs to buy the "works" carwash at the gas pump. The Smart is narrow so the rocker sprayers for the rims are a bit far away and don't do a good job of cleaning. Then the parking sensor for the wash is the driver's side front tire, so the car is normal to the front and left side spray but far from the right and rear side sprays. The blow dryer worked os expected, but what good is it if the car is still dirty? Well, at least it got the bird poop off the sun roof! HA!
Check out some photos of what happens when you take a Smart through one of these machines.
Sure, everything begins normally, just as one would expect, soap please!
No problems on the sides of the car either.
The rear of the car hardly gets any soap at all.
The real "tell" is during the rinse; see how little water is getting to the car?
Look at the water jets on the left, they are about 4 feet away from the car!