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Hand Car Wash vs. Touchless Car Wash

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If your vehicle is looking a little dusty or dirty, it’s time for a car wash. Whether you’ve been kicking up dust on Santa Clarita backroads or your vehicle has been collecting dust in the garage, be sure to contact us at Hello Mazda of Valencia for a good wash. Learn more about hand car washing and touchless car washing options to see which is better for you and your vehicle.


Hand Wash Car Wash Facts

When the time comes for a thorough washing, a hand car wash will get you there. This is something you can either do at home, or at a dealership with hand car wash services. In the meantime, consider the following pros and cons: 

Hand Car Wash Advantages

  • A More Thorough Clean – Opting for a hand wash car wash means a deeper clean for your car, as you can get into the small crevices that may be missed by a hands-free car wash. Places like the undercarriage are more easily accessible by hand, and you can get rid of eyesores like dried bugs on the windshield or headlights. 
  • Affordable – Washing your car at home vs. having someone else wash it can save you money. 

Hand Car Wash Disadvantages

  • You’ll Pay a Bit More at Specialty Facilities – Naturally, you’ll pay more if you get your car washed at a dealership or specialty facility than if you took the DIY route. However, if you don’t have the time or space to wash your car yourself, it’s probably worth it.
  • Car Paint Could Be Damaged – This isn’t a guaranteed disadvantage, but it could happen if you hand wash your vehicle too frequently. 

Touchless Car Wash Facts

A touchless car wash, or hands-free car wash, is an automatic, mechanized car wash that you’ve probably been through plenty of times for a quick wash. These are typically cheaper than bringing your vehicle into a dealership, but they can also offer their own perks and drawbacks such as:

Hands Free Car Wash Advantages

  • Convenience – Automated car washes are designed for speed and efficiency, and can have your car cleaned in 10 minutes or less. 
  • Easier on Your Paint – Touchless car washes are gentle on cars, so as to avoid paint scratching and damage. 
  • Cheaper Costs – No manual labor is involved at a touchless car wash, so the costs are relatively low. 

Hands Free Car Wash Disadvantages

  • End Result Might Be Unsatisfactory – Because automatic car washes are made to be gentle on car paint, they’re not always the best at removing stuck-on debris. 
  • Water Spots – Typically, air dryers are located at the end of automatic car washes to remove any stray water droplets, but they’re not always effective. Your car may end up with water spots. 

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