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The Dangers of Automated Car Washes

Published on
April 10, 2024
close up of bristles of an automatic car wash
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Yes, automated car washes are much cheaper than a high quality detail, but the damage they leave is more than the money saved. As we like to say in the detail world, “there is nothing more expensive than a cheap detail.” Automated car washes are no exception to that. But why exactly are they so bad? Well, one of the main dangers of automated car washes is the potential for damage to your car's exterior. The high-pressure water and harsh chemicals used in these washes can strip away wax and protective coatings, leaving your car's paint vulnerable to scratches, dings, and other types of damage. In addition, the bristles and brushes used in automated car washes can also cause scratches and other damage, particularly if they are not properly maintained.

The damages don’t just stop there. Another danger of automated car washes is the risk of water and debris entering sensitive areas of your car, such as the engine compartment or interior. This can lead to costly repairs and potentially even cause your car to malfunction. In addition, the high-pressure water used in these washes can also push dirt and grime into crevices and hard-to-reach areas, making it difficult to properly clean your car, and making more expenses for you further down the road. 

Furthermore, automated car washes are not always effective at removing all types of dirt and grime from your car's exterior. In many cases, they simply rinse the surface of your car, leaving behind streaks, spots, and other blemishes that can make your car look dull and unappealing. 

In contrast, professional auto detailing services offer a safer and more effective alternative to automated car washes. Our trained and experienced technicians use specialized tools and techniques to carefully clean and protect your car's exterior, ensuring that it looks its best. We also take the time to thoroughly clean and protect the interior of your car, removing dirt and grime from all surfaces and leaving your car looking and smelling fresh. All things automated car washes could only hope to do. 

The dangers of automated car washes make them a poor choice for properly caring for your car. For the best results, trust the professionals at your local auto detailing business to provide the high-quality care and protection that your vehicle deserves. Although a professional detail might seem costly, both our customers and our team members want what is only the best for their cars, and a cheap automated car wash is far from that.