The first step to proper vehicle care is making sure that your car looks as expensive and valuable as it is. Though it may not seem as important, washing your car is an essential part of being a responsible vehicle owner. Whether you are looking to increase the vehicle’s resale value or are looking to extend its life, it’s important that you wash your car regularly in order to keep it in its best condition and to avoid problems in the future.
There is a lot of debate among customers and their mechanics about what is the best way to wash your car. While some advocate for the fine bristles and brushes that are accompanied by automated car washes, some insist that the only way to get a true, clean shine is to do the job yourself. Below, we have listed the advantages and disadvantages of using a car wash, so you can decide the best choice for your car:
Advantage: Mechanical Car Washes Are Thorough – No matter how hard you scrub and how careful you are, there may still be some stains on your car that you cannot reach or clean by hand. Today’s car washes are programmed to take care of all parts of the vehicle, making it significantly less likely that they will miss certain areas while cleaning your car.
Disadvantage: They Never Dry Well – There has probably been at least one occasion (if not more) where you have had to spot dry a car yourself because the machine just couldn’t do the job. The high-powered fans that accompany automated car washes simply are not built to accommodate all vehicles. Smaller, more slender shaped cars may not have a dry windshield, while larger cars may leave the wash with half of their vehicle still soaked. Though a mechanical car wash may relieve you of a lot of the hassle, the dryers usually are not advanced enough to do a thorough job.
Advantage: They are Fast – With automated car washes, you can zip right through with little to no hassle for you. Plus, some newer car washes are more customizable, meaning that you may even be able to wax or clean your tires with just the touch of a button. The only thing you’ll have to worry about then is whether or not there is a line!
Disadvantage: Automated Car Washes Leave Spots – Similar to the problem described above, sometimes car washes leave water marks on mirror and windshields that are not aesthetically pleasing. These spots can also be distracting for the driver and will require some manual touch up and drying at home.
Advantage – Better Paint Protection – Because car washes are designed to be gentle, the paint on your car is better protected. This means it will last longer and will be less prone to weather damage later down the road.
Ultimately, whether or not you choose a car wash depends on the accessibility to the materials needed for a car wash and whether or not you can afford an automated one.