Hand Car Wash vs. Touchless Car Wash

Car Entering Automatic Car Wash

Is your car in need of a good scrub down? To help protect the exterior from the elements, it is a good idea to have your car washed every couple of weeks. Hand car wash and touchless car wash options are readily available, but which is best for your vehicle? No matter which option you choose, there are benefits and drawbacks to each one. Learn more about hand car wash vs. touchless car wash below, thanks to the experts at the Auffenberg Dealer Group service center

Hand Wash Car Wash Basics

If your vehicle requires a more thorough cleaning, you may want to opt for a hand car wash. You can do this yourself, or leave it to a professional. 

Hand Car Wash Advantages

  • A More Thorough Clean –  Small crevices may be missed by a hands-free car wash, so when your vehicle needs a more thorough clean, you may want to wash it by hand. Places like the undercarriage are more easily accessible and it is easier to eliminate eyesores like dried bugs on the windshield or headlights. 
  • Affordable – If you are looking to save a bit of cash, it is quite affordable to wash your car right at home. 

Hand Car Wash Disadvantages

  • You’ll Pay a Bit More at Specialty Facilities – If you decide to leave this task to a professional, it will be a bit more costly. 
  • Car Paint Could Be Damaged – If you frequently wash your car at home, the paint could become damaged if this task is not done properly. 
Man Cleaning Car Wheels by Hand

Touchless Car Wash Basics

Your other option is to opt for an automatic mechanized car wash. Touchless car washes are usually pretty affordable and they have additional benefits as well, but they, too, are not without some drawbacks: 

Hands-Free Car Wash Advantages

  • Convenience – If you do not have a lot of spare time to wash your car at home, touchless car washes usually only take a few minutes. 
  • Easier on Your Paint – Touchless car washes are more gentle on your car’s exterior. 
  • Cheaper Costs – Because no manual labor is needed, hands-free car washes are not very expensive. 

Hands-Free Car Wash Disadvantages

  • End Result Might Be Unsatisfactory – While touchless car washes are gentle on the exterior, one issue is that your car may not end up as clean as you hoped. 
  • Water Spots – Air dryers are not always able to eliminate water spots. 

Keep Your Car in Pristine Condition with Auffenberg Dealer Group

Are you searching for a dependable car wash service in O'Fallon? You can rely on the friendly service team at Auffenberg Dealer Group! We would also be happy to share other tips for keeping your car looking and performing like new. Contact us today with any questions.

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(618) 622-4517
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