Car Wash 101: Automatic vs. DIY

Car Wash 101: Automatic vs. DIY

Keeping your car clean is crucial to preserve the body. Regularly washing your vehicle is one of the easiest and best ways to maintain it. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself home car washer or you run your vehicle through the gas station car wash, there are pros and cons to both methods. What is the best method for washing your vehicle? Read on to find out!

Automatic Car Washes

Automatic car washes are fast, convenient and typically not expensive. Many gas stations have car washes, which makes it easy to get a wash when you gas up. In general, most gas station car washes are safe for your vehicle, but there is always a risk of damage when it comes to automatic machines. Be aware of the risks before you decide if an automatic car wash is best for your vehicle.

When using automatic car washes, choose washes that don’t use brushes. Brushes can be abrasive and scratch your car’s paint or clear coat. Additionally, the water pressure jets could cause damage on already-scratched or rusted vehicles. Be aware of the state of your car before you use a drive-through car wash. It’s also smart to check that the car wash is in operating order and there are no risks to your vehicle or personal safety before you enter.

If you do choose to use an automatic car wash, be sure you bring a clean, soft drying cloth with you. Most automatics do not efficiently dry your car, and water spotting can be damaging over time.

DIY Home Car Washes

Many people like the thoroughness of washing their vehicle at home. Though home washing is effective and allows for more control than an automatic wash, there are a few things to consider before you soap up your vehicle.

The biggest thing to consider with home car washing is the products you’re using. Be sure if you wash your car at home that you’re using quality car soap, clean rags and good water. Beware of sponges since they tend to absorb grit and scratch it back onto the paint. You will also want to be sure you’re efficiently rinsing the entire vehicle so that no soap remains.

Another con of at-home washing is that it uses a significant amount of water if you’re not careful. Try to conserve water by doing an initial rinse, and then use a soap bucket for washing until you’re ready for a final rinse. In addition, be aware that dirt, grime, oil and chemicals from home car washes will travel into the storm drains and back out into the ecosystem. Be attentive to city regulations and water conservation laws in your area.

Whichever method you choose to keep your vehicle clean, knowing the pros and cons of each will help you to be a more responsible car owner. We hope that this gives you some insight. Every vehicle is different, so your decision will ultimately be up to you and your car.

From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!

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