Hand Car Wash vs. Touchless Car Wash

Looking to get your car shining like new? A simple car wash can do just the trick. With many options available around North Tonawanda and Grand Island, you may be wondering if a hand wash car wash or a touchless car wash is the better option for you. Both options have their perks, so in this guide, we will discuss the pros and cons of a hand car wash and a hands-free car wash. We will also cover how to wash your car properly at home. 

Hand Wash Car Wash 

If your vehicle has seen better days and is in need of a more thorough cleaning, you will likely want to opt for a hand car wash. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of a hand car wash: 

Hand Car Wash Advantages

  • They clean the vehicle more thoroughly - With a hand wash car wash it is easier to get into the small crevices that may be missed by a hands-free car wash. It is also easier to clean the undercarriage and remove eyesores like dried bugs on the windshield or headlights. 
  • They are budget-friendly - If you wash your car at home, you can save significantly compared to a bringing your vehicle to a specialty facility. We will discuss how to wash your car properly later on in this guide. 

Hand Car Wash Disadvantages

  • Speciality facilities can be costly - Having your car washed at a dealership or specialty facility is more expensive than opting for than the DIY route. 
  • They can be damaging to the paint - If you hand wash your vehicle too frequently, it could lead to paint damage. 

Touchless Car Wash 

A hands-free car wash, also known as a touchless car wash, is the automatic mechanized car wash that quickly and conveniently gets your vehicle looking its best. While it is likely much cheaper than a hand car wash, this option is not without its own pros and cons:

Hands Free Car Wash Advantages

  • They are quick and convenient - Automated car washes are designed for speed and efficiency. In just minutes, your car will be spotless!
  • They are gentle on paint - Touchless car washes are gentle on cars, so you don't have to worry about damage.
  • They are affordable - No manual labor is involved at a touchless car wash. This is why they tend to be much cheaper than hand car washes. 

Hands Free Car Wash Disadvantages

  • They are less thorough - While automatic car washes are gentle on car paint, the trade-off is that they may not completely remove stuck-on debris. 
  • Water spots may remain - Air dryers at the end of automatic car washes will likely not dry your vehicle completely, so you may be left with water spots. 

Car Wash Tips 

If you are performing a hand wash car wash at home, follow the steps below. 

  • Cleaning Supplies: Rather than using hand soap, dishwashing soap, or household glass cleaner, opt for solutions that are designed to protect your car's paint. It is also beneficial to use a natural sponge or wool mitt to wash your car. 
  • Washing: Lather up your car with soap and clean the sponge with fresh water as you wash the car body, windows, tires, and wheels. 
  • Drying: Air-drying the vehicle can leave swirl marks behind. To eliminate this, hand-dry the exterior with a chamois or terry towel.

Contact Basil Ford of Niagara Falls for More Information

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