Category Archives: Automotive

Just Wash: A Waterless Delivery Car Washing Service

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I like keeping my car clean but I hate waiting at gas stations for an hour on a Sunday morning in order to wash the car. Few malls like ABC Achrafieh and City Mall have a car wash service but it’s not a practical solution. Having said that, Just Wash looks like the ideal solution for people like me, as it’s a delivery car washing service and more importantly an environmentally-friendly one. They basically send their cleaners to wherever the client has parked his car and clean both the inside and outside for 10,000 LL.

What’s interesting about Just Wash is that they are trying to spread awareness on the excessive water consumption in Lebanon by using a water-less washing technique (non-toxic biodegradable chemicals) that needs only 250 ml of water per car, as opposed to at least 10-20 liters for a normal car wash. Their staff also drive electric motorcycles to reduce carbon emissions.

I like almost everything about Just Wash (Their Facebook Page Is Great), but I am a bit worried about the chemicals they use and whether they could ruin the car’s paint or the interior. Moreover, Just Wash doesn’t operate on Sundays which is weird since it’s the peak day for car washes in Lebanon usually and it’s not very practical to go down open your car or pass the keys to the Just Wash staff during week days while you’re at work.

In all cases, it’s good to see Lebanese going for eco-friendly solutions like Just Wash and I think it’s worth a try. I hope they will reconsider their working hours though and open on Sunday from 8 till noon at least.

Statistics On Stolen Cars In Lebanon Over The Last Five Years

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Source: Al-Jomhouria

Al-Jomhouria posted today statistics related to cars stolen over the past five years in Lebanon. I assume the source is the ISF since the numbers match for the years 2009 and 2010 but the ISF stats are not yet updated.

As you can see, the number of stolen cars has almost doubled between 2012 and 2013 and there are around 5000 cars that haven’t been returned and that we know nothing about. The sad part in all this is that the sides that are behind most of the car thefts are apparently well known, but nothing can be done to stop them.

The Masrou2a App I had posted about previously would definitely help identify the bad guys, and lead the cops to the source, but it’s useless if there’s no green light to arrest these criminals.

World’s Largest Toy Car Collection Is In Beirut

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Billy Karam’s awesome toy car collection makes it to AutoBlog.

It’s common for auto enthusiasts to have a few miniatures of their favorite cars around their home or office. They provide a respite of happiness knowing that if you can’t have the real things, at least you can look at them in miniature. However, Billy Karam of Beirut, Lebanon, has taken collecting toy cars to its extreme. His collection of over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest collection of car toys.

“You cannot buy the big ones, so you buy a thousand of the small ones instead,” says Karam in the video. [Link]

Car Accidents On The Rise On The Achrafieh – Furn el Chebbak Bridge

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I was surprised to see an ISF officer in the report complaining about the separator and how the authorities should fix this problem the soonest. It’s like an employee telling his bosses that they are not doing a good job.

In all cases, and until the separator is fixed, a good idea would be to put some signs to alert the drivers to slow down specially at night. By the way, the Dora (Facing the Forum De Beyrouth) and City Mall (Maritime road) separators are no better and should also be fixed.