Updated: Aug 4
CAR WASHES PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Maintenance goes beyond oil changes and tune-ups. Keeping a car clean is essential – and not just for cosmetic reasons. If a vehicle isn’t kept clean on a regular basis, it will be de-valued at the time of trade-in or resale. According to auto trade-in experts such as Kelley Blue Book, cars in excellent mechanical condition and appearance can be valued as much as $1,500 higher than those in good or fair condition.
PROFESSIONAL CAR WASHES ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY!
Professional washes can use up to 50% less water than at home washes, thanks to conservation measures. Furthermore, professional car washes are mandated to pipe dirty water to treatment facilities or into state approved drainage facilities. Quite the opposite, at home car washes pollute the environment as soap and road grime (oil, tar, dirt) end up in storm sewers that flow into lakes, streams and rivers.
MOST POPULAR CAR WASH SEASON
If you thought Summer was the season in which most car washes happened, you’re actually wrong. It’s actually during the Winter, a time where 32% of washes happen. It comes to no surprise though as there are a variety of reasons why you should wash your car when it rains (or snows).
FIRST AUTOMATED CAR WASH WAS…
If you thought that automated car washes have only been around for fifty years, you’re actually wrong. They’ve actually been around for 105 years as the first location that is often credited as being the first is the “Automobile Laundry” in Detroit, which opened in 1914. It really wasn’t as fully automated as you might think though as you weren’t in your car throughout the wash. You actually had to wait outside of your car for about 30 minutes while your car was being pushed down the line.
COST OF WASH BACK IN 1913
On the note of the first automated car wash, if you were to take your vehicle to the Automobile Laundry, you would’ve spent $1.50, which in today’s dollars would be $36.46! We’ve definitely made big improvements since then to be able to provide a wash for you at less than half that cost.
IMPROVES YOUR FUEL ECONOMY
A clean vehicle results in less wind resistance. Reduced wind resistance results in improved fuel economy. While some have argued in the past that driving a dirty car actually boosts aerodynamics, MythBusters proved them wrong on an episode of the popular TV show. When cars are dirty, there is no rhyme or reason to the placement of the dirt. This creates more drag as the air particles grab onto the grime. MythBusters calculated that a filthy car can reduce fuel economy by 10 percent.
PRESERVES YOUR VEHICLE’S METAL!
During the winter, salt is put on the roads to improve tire traction. This salt immediately goes to war with your vehicle’s metal. There’s just about nothing more corrosive than salt. A regular car wish will eliminate the salt so that unprotected metal parts don’t rust. It’ll also slow down the damage on existing rust. Keep in mind that you might not even notice that your vehicle is rusting because the corrosion could be occurring on the undercarriage of the car that you can’t see. This is where most of the salt kicks up from the tires onto the vehicle. Regular car washes won’t always reach this tough to reach area, as such, be sure to get a tunnel wash that cleans the undercarriage of your vehicle.