Working at the car wash

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Want a clean, dry, shiny vehicle, and the peace of mind that your vehicle will not be harmed in any way in the process, then try one of the many car washes in Phnom Penh. KT/Jean-Francois Perigois

The days may be wet, and the roads may be muddy, but who’s to say that driving a gleaming, clean car or motorbike during a monsoon is a practical impossibility? Not here it isn’t.

These operations may not look as advanced as an automatic carwash, but by virtue of having actual manpower working on each vehicle means that each time a customer drives in to get their rides cleaned they can be sure that no spot will be missed – both inside and out. From those hard-to-reach crevices between the seats to oft-overlooked underbody, these men have it all covered. Tires need polishing in time for a showing for a buyer? Done. A day trip on a wrong day dulled the shine on your brand new car? Consider it sorted.

But as with everything in Cambodia, the services offered extend beyond mere cleaning. Whether it is hairline scratches courtesy of a tuk-tuk trying to slip through an opening, or a major scuff as you rush to your next meeting, be sure to ask these pit-crew for a quick buff, and the reminder of how brutal the traffic is in the capital during rush hours will disappear by lunchtime.

Whatever the reason, whenever the time, and however harsh the elements are – these men will spray, scrub, and polish it all, in exchange for a few dollars.

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