Lather, Rinse, Repeat! Join our VIP Unlimited Car Wash Club today!

Lather, Rinse, Repeat! Join our VIP Unlimited Car Wash Club today!

Love a clean car all the time? Then Drive & Shine’s VIP Unlimited Car Wash Plan is for you!

Wash your car as often as you want – as often as EVERY DAY for a low monthly fee. 

Enjoy the speed and convenience that a VIP Unlimited Car Wash membership brings with no long-term contract. Members can wash as often as they like at any Drive & Shine location and feel good knowing they’re always driving a clean and shiny car.

Our VIP Unlimited Wash Club provides members with unlimited, worry-free car washing starting at just $30 per month. With a range of VIP Unlimited car wash package options, you can choose the wash that best suits your needs and using your membership couldn’t be more convenient! Best of all, since there’s no contract so you can cancel any time.

Stop by any Drive & Shine full service location and sign up for our VIP Unlimited Car Wash program today!

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5 Reasons to Stay Away from Damaging Car Washes

It’s not safe for your vehicle

Have you heard the horror stories of someone having their 2015 Volkswagen Touareg scratched after going through a gas station car wash? Those stories are out there and here’s why; car regulation.  A major example of this is rusty cars. When a rusty car goes through a car wash, the rust flakes off then attaches to the cloth wraps, which clean the car more aggressively than foam wraps and are used at most gas station washes. Then you go through with your new car hoping to get a fast, cheap wash and those cloth wraps, with small rust particles stuck to them, scratch your car. Drive & Shine uses foam wraps and regulates the vehicles that enter the tunnel and turns away vehicles that have excessive rust so your car is safe from scratches.

It’s not safe for the environment

Washing your car at home can be causing unnecessary pollution. Between 100-120 gallons of fresh water is used to wash your vehicle and the runoff can contain grease, gasoline, oil, exhaust residue, bits of rubber, and road tar from your car. This material eventually flows into rivers and is very unsafe for wildlife that lives in and drinks the water. Turning to a short tunnel car wash to do the job not only harms the environment, it also harms your car! Some washes use Hydrofluoric acid because it is cheaper and removes road grime in a short amount of time but destroys rubber seals, damages paint, etches windshields and is terrible for the environment. Drive & Shine is a member of the Water Savers Program and only uses about 30 to 50 gallons of water per car which then is recycled.  There is also a longer tunnel giving the biodegradable soap more time to sit on the vehicle making it shinier while also being eco friendly.

It saves you money

Having a dirty car can become expensive. Let’s say you wash your car around 5 times a month and pay $8 every time. That’s $40 a month just on car washes! Now let’s say you pay the cost of 3 $8 car washes but wash your car as often as you want? That’s a pretty good deal, right? Drive & Shine actually offers this! It’s a VIP Unlimited Wash program where instead of constantly paying for car wash after car wash, you only pay $25 a month for about 7x more washes. Even if you don’t wash your car THAT frequently you can still save your money on car washes with the buy 5 washes get one free coupon book which never expires. EVER. See, you can still get the most for your money, even with a dirty car.

It saves you time

Washing all the rims, tires, and getting the bugs and bird poo off isn’t the most exciting way to spend your day off and could take hours. Scrubbing all the marker off your vinyl from those darn kids along with washing the food stains of out the carpets could be a whole day process which you COULD be spending by the pool or beach. Luckily there is Drive & Shine to take the burden of a messy, dirty car off your hands and put it in the hands of speedy professionals. You can get the full exterior of your car cleaned while a 2 week wax is applied and turn 3 hours into 3 minutes. As for the inside, the only thing you need to worry about is saying bye bye to those stains on your seats. Not only do you not have to get your hands dirty, but you don’t have to spend your whole day cleaning and more time enjoying the summer! 

Is it a name you can trust

Cars are not cheap and putting that big of an investment in the hands of just anyone can be nerve racking. You can be confident in bringing your vehicle to the #1 trusted car wash in Michiana. Drive & Shine wasn’t rated #1 in Michiana for 17 years in a row for nothing!  Pride and ownership is taken in every vehicle received and no job is finished until you are happy. Clean, shiny, dry and most importantly safe!

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Protect the Environment; Use a Car Wash

Surveys suggest that more than half of Americans wash their cars at home at least once a month. The result is unnecessary pollution. The soapy, dirty water flows down driveways, into streets and into storm water sewers that lead directly to creeks, streams and rivers.

Using a carwash is a more environmentally friendly way of caring for your vehicle, many experts say.

The run-off from washing your car at home contains grease, gasoline, oil, exhaust residue, bits of rubber, and road tar. Oil products that flow unfiltered into streams and lakes can harm fish and wildlife that drink the water.

Even the detergent you use might be harmful, especially if it contains phosphates. Phosphates, a chemical that also is used in fertilizer, affects rivers and lakes because it encourages the growth of algae, a process that robs the water of oxygen needed by other wildlife.

Detergents can poison all types of aquatic life if they are present in sufficient quantities, and this includes the biodegradable detergents, according to Lenntech, a Dutch water treatment solutions company. All detergents destroy the external mucus layers that protect fish from bacteria and parasites. Detergents can also damage gills.

 In addition to polluting the environment, home car washing is wasteful and uses more clean water than necessary, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 Somebody who washes a car at home uses an average of 116 gallons of water to wash a car. Most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.

 If you must wash your car at home, the EPA recommends:

·         Use biodegradable, phosphate-free, water-based cleaners

·         Use a spray gun with flow restriction to minimize water use.

·         Wash in an area that absorbs water, such as grass or gravel.

·         Always empty wash buckets into sinks or toilets.

“The best way to minimize the effect washing your car has on the environment is to use a commercial car wash. Most (carwash) locations reuse wash water several times before sending it to a treatment plant,” an article on the EPA website says.

The International Carwash Association (ICA) encourages its members to participate in its WaterSavers program, which requires that a carwash discharge all of its used water to local water treatment or to a permitted leech or septic field. The certification also requires regular maintenance of equipment.

Haji Tehrani, president and CEO of Drive & Shine car care centers, is a on the board of directors of the ICA. He said he has been encouraging even higher standards, including the use of biodegradable soaps.

 Tehrani would like the use of hydrofluoric acid (HF) banned from carwashes. Although the chemical is poisonous, a diluted solution is used in many carwashes because it is cheap and effective at removing road grime. He says that HF destroys rubber seals, damages paint, etches windshields and is terrible for the environment.  Tehrani refuses to use it in his carwashes.  

Instead, Drive & Shine operations have 200-foot tunnels that negate the need for such nasty acids. The longer tunnels allow his carwashes to use safe soaps, Tehrani says.

“We use biodegradable soap,” Tehrani said. “Most carwashes with short tunnels use hydrofluoric acid for cleaning.”

The longer tunnels provide more time for soap to be effective. The effect is similar to taking extra time to wash your hands. The longer you scrub, the soapier your hands get while the soap becomes more effective.

Even with such long tunnels, Drive & Shine uses just 30 to 50 gallons of fresh water for each car.

Several of the Drive & Shine locations recycle the used water. They also have baffled filtration systems to remove sediment from the water. The sediment removal eases the strain on sewage treatment systems and allows for either disposal or use of the sediment in other products.

Taking care of the environment is part of being a good citizen and neighbor, Tehrani said. “We live in the communities we serve. We’d better be nice to their environment. We need to be good citizens to our current and future generations.”

This article was originally published in the Elkhart Truth on June 5th.

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