Over the years there has been a lot of discussion over car washes and whether or not they are safe for your vehicle. In our blog post on preventing rust and corrosion, we learned a simple wash and rinse can help you avoid a brake repair or a visit to your mechanic.
The first automatic car washes appeared in the 1930s and were similar to the typical conveyor-style car wash we are familiar with today. These tunnel-like buildings pull vehicles through on a conveyor and use a serious of rotating brushes, nozzles and pads. These types of car washes have been criticized for being too rough on a vehicle’s exterior and may actually grind dirt and debris into the paint causing scratches and imperfections. When visiting this type of washing facility, ask about the quality of brushes and detergents to make sure they are safe for your vehicle.
“Touchless” or “laser” washes have become increasingly popular over the years. These car washes use pressurized nozzles with water and detergents to clean the vehicle. However, the pressurized water can also be damaging to your vehicle if it already has deep scratches or peeling paint and rust. These touchless washes are a great choice for drivers who have inspected their vehicle’s finish for peeling and flaking.
Car washes are great because they are quick and easy, but you can gain a lot from washing a car yourself. First, you’re probably not strong enough to scrub the paint off the car, so you don’t risk damaging the finish. Second, you notice dents, scratches, or rust that you might not have noticed before. And finally, there is a sense of pride that comes with maintaining a vehicle.
Keeping a car clean adds life and value to your car. Choose whichever method works best for your vehicle and your wallet!