Dads in movies from the 80s make it seem like a personal insult if you don’t wash shine your own car to a perfect, meticulous finish, but is there really that much of a difference? When it comes to automatic car washes vs hand washing, which one is better depends entirely on you.
For one, not everyone can or wants to wash and wax their car at home. It’s time-consuming, and it’s not fun to do if you don’t have a garage and you want to clean muddy slush off your car in the middle of winter.
Another thing that isn’t great about hand washing: runoff. When you clean your car at home, you send chemicals into grass and sewers. But automatic car washes aren’t perfect either.
The only real way to remove contaminants from your car’s surface is through hand washing, using clays and polish to restore the car’s shine. You don’t get the same experience with an automatic wash, which is a great reason to at least take care of your car at home every once and a while, even if most of the time you hit the car wash instead. Visit Randall Mitsubishi for more great car cleaning tips and to check out our full selection of Mitsubishi vehicles!