Picking the Right Type of Carwash
Deciding on the right car wash may not be as effortless as you’d think. Before anything else, you need to decide how much you are happy to spend, how much time you can give, and the importance of your vehicle’s resale value to you. With some helpful tips, you should be able to choose the right car wash for you.
DIY Car Wash
No car washing method is more consuming than doing it by hand, but this is the most thorough as well, not to mention the least likely to cause paintwork issues. When washing your car by hand, make sure to use warm, soapy water to effectively remove every bit of dirt from the paint.
Once you have rinsed the car with water, use a chamois leather cloth to wipe it dry, keeping the surface free from streaks. And then apply a superior-quality car wax. Don’t do it in the open sun though, and don’t just leave your your car to dry under the sun or it will get sunspots (areas from where drops of water evaporate). This way, your car will be sparkling clean, the process only good for about two hours if done the right way.
Manual Car Wash Service
If you have no time to do this yourself, you can go for a hand car washing service. This may be the priciest method, but you can usually expect great results, and you’ll even be able to save a good amount of time. Plenty of car washing services now have a valeting service, so you can have the interior of your vehicle cleaned aside from the exterior. When deciding on a hand car-washing service, check if they are fully insured – just in case your car is accidentally damaged while under their care.
There are lots of mobile waterless car washing services nowadays, where different types of products are used to clean your vehicle. This is certainly worth checking out if water restrictions are a factor in your place.
Classic Auto Wash
Lastly, you can consider the old traditional automatic car wash. This is your quickest and least expensive car wash option available. Several gas stations let you drive into an automatic car wash station, but take note that the brushes used for cleaning are often stiff enough to leave tiny scratches in your vehicle’s paintwork. After a while, these scratches hoard dirt, causing your paintwork to look dull, or even lead to rust if they are deep enough.
If you want to preserve your paintwork – and the value of your car – you’ll be safer with the by-hand car wash option. Certainly, manual car wash services are hardly all the same, but you know this already. So you have to do your homework to find one which one to go with.