Are Car Washes safe for your vehicle?

Are Car Washes safe for your vehicle?

People LOVE their cars and the freedom and independence they have come to represent.  So are automatic car washes, that save time and hassle, safe for your car?.  Of course they are!  Not all car washes are created equal or equally maintained but with new technology and modern car wash engineering and design, automatic car washes are safer than ever before.

Automatic car washes are safer for your car's finish than washing your car yourself.  Do-it-yourselfers sometimes don't use enough water to safely remove dirt; or they wash the car in direct sunlight -- which can burn spots in the paint. They use the wrong type of soap -- such as dishwashing detergent, which removes protective wax and leaves a chalky residue on the finish. Any one of several common mistakes can end up doing more harm than good.

Keeping your car clean and the finish looking good can also mean higher resale value when it comes time to get a new car. All else being equal, a car with faded paint and a dingy overall look sells for 10-20 percent less than an otherwise identical vehicle that just looks nicer.

Car wash materials and cleaning instruments have changed with time and today damage is virtually unheard of. Well-maintained car washes have a number of safeguards in place to prevent swirl marks or customer damage.  Advancements have been made in water filtration, detergent application, high pressure washing, and in the friction cleaning material in particular.  Modern car washes, like Drive & Shine, use a closed cell foam material or highly engineered cloth made from densely woven cotton or polyethylene microfibers. These materials are specifically designed to have a structure that can’t and doesn’t pick up grit or dirt.  Plus, car wash brushes are continually primed with body soap and clean water, removing any debris and providing protective lubrication between the brushes and the body of the vehicle. These neo-glide foam brushes are safe to use, spin at a carefully defined speed and pressure to take mistakes out of the equation.  The overwhelming majority of people never have any issues – even after repeated washing.

In addition, automatic car washes with very long tunnels use detergents that are very gentle.  With the extra space, the soap can stay on your car longer to effectively clean while ensuring that clear coats and wax layers are unharmed.  Washes with shorter tunnels have to resort to harsher acids and aggressive cloth that over time can etch glass and damage the exterior of your vehicle. 

 So how often should you have your vehicle washed? That depends on how quickly it gets dirty -- and how dirty it gets. For some cars, once a month or so is sufficient -- especially if the car is lightly used and kept in a garage. But some cars will need a bath more often -- especially those that are parked outdoors where they're exposed to bird droppings, tree sap and so on, or driven in areas with very long/severe winters, where the roads are salted when it snows. 

If your car needs washing more than twice a month, you can save time and money with an unlimited car wash membership.  For less than the price of 2 car washes, you can keep your car sparkling all month long.  We already know the washes are safe, add convenience and huge savings! 


Stop in to any full service Drive & Shine location or visit our website for information on our VIP Unlimited Wash memberships!

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