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What is the difference between a Car Wash and an Auto Detail – Part 1

We’ve already established what auto detailing is in one of our introductory blogs, but sometimes you might question whether it’s worth detailing your car. After all, isn’t washing it enough? Well, while washing your car certainly has its benefits, we’re going to quickly outline the differences between a car wash and auto detailing, before going on to talk some more about why car detailing is a seriously good idea.

Typically, a run-of-the-mill car wash only covers a fraction of the cleaning you can get from a detail, and thus, only achieves a fraction of the result.

So what does a car wash include?

Most car washes take between ten and twenty minutes to go from washing to drying. A car wash can be done by hand or by machines – such as a drive through car wash – that run bristles, soap, and water to clean your car’s exterior. A car wash tends to be a superficial cleanse while an auto detail is more thorough and restorative.

What exactly does auto detailing mean?

The misperception of washing versus professional detailing of a car is not uncommon. After all, aren’t we really just cleaning the car? As it turns out though, the answer, isn’t quite as simple and requires a detailed explanation – pun intended!

When referring to a car wash, the general definition is a tunnel system whereby the vehicle can either drive through, or be automatically pulled along a track where brushes, soap and water are applied. The drying process usually consists of employees using a cloth or a giant blow dryer. The end result is a car that at first glance appears mostly clean for a relatively inexpensive price.

So, what’s wrong with an automatic car wash?

An automatic car wash can leave scratches and swirls in your paint. Sometimes we come across quite a few vehicles roll through our premises with damaged paint as a result of the brushes at these automatic car washes.

Firstly, many times the brushes used to scrub your vehicle are not cleaned. This means that if the car that went in before yours was filthy, or just has general dirt and dust built up, there will be some grime left in the brushes that can scratch your car’s paint.

Additionally, many times the workers at the end use the same towel as the car before to dry your car by hand, which means cross-contamination and can leave even more residue. Automatic car washes focus on efficiency over quality. Thus, the focus is more on how fast can they get your car out so that the next one can get through.

Here at Portughes Car Detailing, our team works tirelessly to clean your car whether you choose an exterior or interior clean. To find out more, or to book your car detailing session, contact us today!

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