Automatic Car Wash vs. Hand Washing | Luther Brookdale Toyota Scion

You may have heard that automatic car washes can’t beat the good old fashion bucket and water approach. Maybe you’ve been told that automatic car washes can cause damage. Are these rumors true? 


Luther Brookdale Toyota Scion, your Toyota dealer in Robbinsdale, MN, wants to clear up the big debate on whether you should use an automatic car wash or just hand wash. Take a look below at the pros and cons of each, and decide which is best for your car. 

Hand Washing
PRO: Washes away dirt better
There is one thing that hand washing can do better than an automatic car wash, and that is getting into those hard to reach spots to remove grime, grease and dirt. The big automatic brushes can’t achieve the same level of precision. 

CON: Can cause damage
It may be shocking, but the risk of scratches during hand washing is greater than with an automatic car wash. How can this be right? There’s a large chance that you are rubbing grit into your paint and causing hairline scratches and dulling the finish. 

CON: Takes longer
In a busy and fast-paced world, many people find it hard to take a couple hours out of their day to wash, dry and wax their vehicle. 

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Automatic Car Wash
PRO: Convenience 
It’s simple. An automatic car wash is an easy way to get the top layer of dirt off your car. It’s almost a stress-reliever for some as the big rolling wipers brush over your car. And you didn’t even have to lift a finger...except to put search for change. 

PRO: Risk is smaller for a scratch.
Surprise, surprise! The automatic car wash has actually been known to cause less scratches than a traditional hand wash. Most car washes use the the right tools, such as detergents and brushes, that are designed to protect your paint. You’ll be more likely to find a car wash with effective equipment by choosing a newer, modern car wash. 

CON: Isn’t as effective
So, automatic car washes don’t get it all right. The big brushes can’t get into every nook and cranny of your car like your hands can. But, you have to make sure you know how to do it. Make sure you’re equipped with the right cleaning materials before you start. 


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