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Car Wash vs. Car Detail: Which One Do You Need?

September 2, 2016

Pop quiz! It’s time to clean your car. Do you

a) Go to the self-serve car wash?
b) Drive through the touchless automatic car wash?
c) Call Adam to schedule a car detailing?

Comparing a car wash vs. car detail isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem. Many people confuse the two thinking that they can get the same results at the self-serve car wash or automatic car wash as they can by getting their car detailed. Although both are similar, there are a few core differences you should know to make the best decision for your immediate car cleaning needs.

Self-Serve Car Wash

The self-serve car wash is a great place to go if you’re in a hurry. You have access to all the tools you need, including a vacuum, air shammee (which everyone loves!) and even air fresheners.

On a hot day, this can be a fun errand to run too. Cooling down while you give your car a quick wash is easy and productive.

Touchless Automatic Car Wash

Don’t feel like braving the heat? Is your car’s interior spotless already? Take a quick drive through the touchless automatic car wash.

You can choose how much or how little you do to protect your car going forward. For example, you can just get a quick soapy clean and rinse. Or you can have the full monty with hub scrub brushes, wax, and a protective Rain-X shield. You choose how much or how little you get with this option, all from the comfort of your car.

Car Detailing

Car details are perfect for when your car needs extra TLC.

  • Have you had your wet dog in the back of your car?
  • Did the kids toss a few too many Cheerios around the back seat?
  • Did you just get back from a trip to Rose Canyon and have mud coating the floor liners?

No matter what’s made your car dirty, bringing it in to get it detailed is the best and most effective way to get the dirt out.

Car detailing isn’t exclusive to the interior. It’s also available for the exterior. Protect your paint job, remove light splatters of tar, and spot buff minor scratches to get your car looking like new again.

If you need to sell your car, you’ll want to have it detailed so that you get top dollar for your investment.

The Bottom Line

There are plenty of reasons for you to get your car washed. If you’re just in need of a quick rinse to remove the dirt after a desert monsoon rain, self-serve or touchless car washes are the best. If your car needs a little more care, call Adam at 520-241-3293 to schedule an appointment to get your car detailed.

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