"Not Responsible For Damage To Customer's Vehicle."
You've all seen the signs outside of the automatic car washes. When they are
talking about "damage," they are not just talking about broken antennas! That
includes scratches and swirls, as well as dings and dents.
After your house, your vehicle is probably the most expensive piece of
property that you own. Like your house, your vehicle needs to be properly
maintained in order for it to keep its value and protect your investment. You
wouldn't sand blast your house to clean it because it would remove all of the
paint from your house. Why should you allow your car to be sand blasted by
taking it to a high pressure touch-less automatic car wash?
Let me explain. The Clean Water Act prohibits water run off from all car
washes from entering into the sewer system, and thereby entering into our
waterways and polluting them. That leaves automatic car washes a couple of
choices for dealing with water run off:
A) They can collect their waste water in tanks and pay to truck it away to a
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B) They can filter and then recycle the water Autel
Hauling the waste water away is a hassle and in most cases, is prohibitively
costly. Therefore, most car washes filters and recycle their water. (Recycling
the water also cuts down on the sewer bills, thereby lowering the automatic car
wash owner's overhead.) Recycling the water means that any road dirt, sand, and
grit missed by the filtering system will affect how much dirt is being
sandblasted back on your car at up to 1000 psi during the wash and rinse
To remove salt, road dirt, and grit without agitation (brushes) requires the
use of very strong chemical cleaners. That is why automatic car washes use
high-pressure water and strong alkaline detergent to clean vehicles which strip
your vehicle's protective coating of wax or sealant. If you use automatic car
washes, be prepared to apply wax or sealant more often to ensure your painted
surfaces are properly protected.
As for the automatic / drive through car washes which use rotating brushes to
scrub the dirt off of your paint, they will get your car clean for the price of
damaging your paint by inducing micro-marring and swirls in your automobile's
finish, making the finish look dull and unsightly. Avoid them like the
Let's not forget about the soft cloth washes Autel
MaxiDiag MD808. While at first blush these types of washes would seem to be
just the ticket, they also have their own pitfalls. Just imagine it's a nice day
car wash has had a line outside it all day. You get off of work, get gas, and
decide to go through the soft cloth car wash at the station before you go home.
As those soft cloths are "gently" dragged (slapped) across your vehicle autel
maxisys ms906, they are actually scratching your car with the dirt, sand,
and road grime that becomes embedded in the cloth from all of the previous cars
that were washed before yours, as well as all of the grit and road grime that
was left on your car during the first rinse.
So, there you have it. The choice is yours.Dan Curnyn is the owner of
Ultra Classic Detailing located in Omaha, Nebraska. Ultra Classic Detailing is
the Omaha Metro's premier full service mobile auto detailing and appearance