Are automatic car washes safe?

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017

At one time, automatic car washes had a bad reputation. The reason was that they used brushes that could scratch the paint, especially if they were not well maintained and had a buildup of soap scum and grime. Today, however, the vast majority of car washes are brushless, using soft cloths rather than scratchy brushes. Some are even touchless, replacing both brushes and cloths with high-power water jets.

Brushless and touchless car washes are not only safe, but are considered by many experts to be the best way of washing vehicles. Pre-measured detergent and computer-controlled washing methods eliminate human error from the process.

There are two caveats, though. First, if you drive a larger vehicle, be sure it will fit in the bay with plenty of clearance for the machinery. Second, if you have anything attached to your vehicle such as a large hitch or aftermarket roof rack, remove it before entering the bay. Otherwise, the equipment could get caught on these attachments, causing an aborted wash and possibly an entanglement that will require an attendant to clear. In extreme cases, this could even damage your car.

If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try   Colchin Automotive  instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!

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