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Why You Should Never Take Your Car to The Car Wash

Apr 12, 2023
Detailing Mercedes

It looks like sun damage…☀️

Now, you would think that a new Mercedes like this would use high-quality materials that aren't susceptible to sun damage. If you were thinking that, you’re right.

It’s actually caused by harsh chemicals! 🚫

And that brings me to the main topic of this article. The owner of this car used to take the car to a drive-through car wash on a regular basis

Car Washes Are Bad For Your Car

While drive-through car washes may seem like a convenient option, they come with some potential drawbacks that could leave you with more problems than you bargained for.

For starters, these car washes use harsh chemicals and automated brushes that are damaging to your car's paint job. You can see what the chemicals do to a new Mercedes. The brushes are designed to be gentle, but they still cause damage. The brushes cause micro scratches that are hard to see at first, but over time those micro scratches turn into obvious swirls. 😰

 Plus, some car washes use recycled water that could contain abrasive particles that might cause damage to your car's finish.

They Don't Clean Thoroughly 

But that's not all! These drive-through car washes don’t provide a thorough cleaning of your vehicle. For instance, automated brushes may not reach all the nooks and crannies of your car, leaving dirt and grime behind. 

And if you're worried about the cost, well, the cost of a car wash can add up over time. Plus, if you factor in the potential for damage, you might end up spending more money on repairs than you would have on a professional detailing service.

Last but not least, drive-through car washes use a lot of water, which can contribute to water waste and environmental pollution. The harsh chemicals used in these car washes can also be harmful to the environment. 

Alternative Options

So, what are some alternative options?

One alternative option is to wash your car yourself using gentle, eco-friendly products. 🌍

I have a course that could teach you the best way to detail a car.

Another option is to take your car to a professional detailer. While it may be more expensive than a drive-through car wash, we know what we’re doing when it comes to cleaning and protecting your car.

So, while drive-through car washes may seem convenient, they can come with potential drawbacks that may not be worth the risk. By considering alternative options, you can ensure that your cars are cleaned effectively while also being mindful of our impact on the environment.

Watch the video below to see how I detail this Mercedes. 

Thanks for reading and as always happy detailing

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