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Pick a Car Wash: Traditional vs. Touch-Free

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Your car’s exterior is one of the most important indicators that your car is in tip-top shape. With dirt, grime, and bug residue that can build up on the paint and windshield, running your car through a car wash is fairly standard maintenance. But with more and more car wash methods hitting the market, which one is the best option for your car?

Many car wash services offer “touch-free” services in addition to traditional soft-brush washes. Here are some of the pros and cons of each method.


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Traditional Car Wash

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Traditional Car Wash

Advantages:

  • Speed – Traditional car washes take about half the time as touch-free car washes, getting you in and out in an average of three minutes.
  • Cheaper – Touch-free car washes tend to be slightly more expensive than traditional car washes.

Disadvantages:

  • Damage Accessories – If you have any loose external components on your vehicle, such as a roof rack, it’s unwise to use a traditional car wash. The brushes can interfere with the stability of these parts.
  • Paint Chips – If you have any issues with paint chipping on your car, the friction from a traditional car wash is likely to worsen the problem.

Touch-Free Car Wash

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Touch-Free Car Wash

Advantages:

  • Safer for Your Car – With touch-free, you are far less likely to have any problems with damaged parts, scratching, or paint chipping since your vehicle is never touched during the process.
  • Versatile – Touch-free car washes are available for many different kinds of vehicles. You’re less limited by the space in the car wash itself, since you don’t have all of those large brushes inside.

Disadvantages:

  • Not-So-Tough on Grime – If you have any caked-on dirt or mud coating your vehicle, a touch-free wash is going to be less effective at removing it. There are a few pre-soaking techniques the touch-free washes use, but they can’t always get the toughest dirt off your vehicle.
  • Chemical-dependent – Rather than using a friction method to clean your car, touch-free car washes have to use harsher chemicals on your vehicle to give it that same level of clean.

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Which car wash method do you prefer to keep your vehicle squeaky-clean? Let us know!

Sources: Tommy Car Wash SystemsProfessional Carwashing & Detailing