10475515_10152510794034803_7331450131760985896_nAutomatic or drive-through car washes are more popular than ever because they save time and hassle.  Are automatic car washes safe for your car? Studies show they are the “safest” course of action for many car owners who want to keep their car clean.

Automatic car washes are often safer for your car’s finish than washing the car yourself.  Common mistakes made by car owners that wash their own car include:

  • Not using enough water to safely remove dirt, consequently marring the finish
  • Exposing car to direct sunlight which can burn spots in the paint
  • The wrong type of soap such as dishwashing soap can remove protective wax

Keeping your car clean and the finish looking new will also mean higher resale value when it is time to get a new car.

How often should you wash your car?  A garage kept car that is lightly used can be washed once a month.  Wash your car more often when it is exposed to elements such as:

  • sunlight
  • bird droppings
  • sap
  • pollen
  • long/harsh winters and salty roads

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to automatic car washes:

Choose a brushless car wash.  Some older car washes still use the abrasive brushes instead of cloth which can mar the clear coat and possibly the paint leaving you with scratches. Cool Wave Car Wash is a touchless car wash. We strive to produce the best touchless car wash experience possible. We monitor our LASERWASH systems daily to ensure the best quality as well as adding family-friendly features to all our wash packages like our bubble machine for the kids. These features help contribute to our goal of 110% customer satisfaction. This is a safer option as it uses only high power jets and detergents to clean car.

Choose jet dryers for the after wash.  Most drive-through washes use a strong jet of heated air to force excess water off after the car goes through the wash. Cool Wave Car Wash uses these air dryers and also offers lint free clean towels to wipe down excess water.

Come by Cool Wave Car Wash for a time saving hassle free car washing experience.  We offer the latest in technology that will preserve your clear coat and paint job optimizing your car’s exterior look.  We also offer a vacuuming and detailing center.  Our vacuum and detail centers are available for you to put the finishing touches on your clean, shiny vehicle.  Stop in any of our convenient locations in Newport News, Smithfield and Poquoson today.