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Six common misunderstanding about washing your vehicle

  1. My vehicle has a Clear-Coat finish, it doesn't need to be waxed.
    Though a clear-coat finish is an excellent protectant for your vehicle's paint, it is still subject to the damaging elements that can affect your paint (rain, acid rain, dirt, rock chips, bird droppings, etc.).

  2. I always keep my vehicle in the garage, so I rarely have to wash or wax it.
    Keeping your vehicle in the garage will require you to wash it less frequently; however, it is still subject to the same elements when out of your garage. In fact, in some cases it can actually do more harm to your vehicle's finish. If it appears cleaner, you wash it less frequently, and may not give the proper attention to the finish and things like water spots, bird droppings, etc. may be left on the surface for a longer period of time, causing additional and more permanent damage.

  3. When it rains my vehicle gets a real good washing, then all I have to do is dry it off.
    When rain evaporates or is wiped off, it leaves behind a multitude of harmful compounds such as: salt, sand, bug residue, and air pollutants that will eat away a vehicle's finish immediately and are not removed by rain. In fact, NEVER wipe a vehicle down with a towel after it has been rain-soaked. All you will do is "grind" the compounds into the finish, scratching it or permanently damaging the paint.

  4. I get FREE vehicle washes when I fill my car up with gas.
    You may not pay for the wash, but your vehicle's finish will. In lieu of an expensive and safe soft cloth wash system, most gas station washes use "automatics" with harsh bristle brushes, poorly mixed and applied chemicals that are advertised as safe for your vehicle and the environment. Some establishments claim they offer a "touchless" wash, where nothing but water, chemicals, and air touch your vehicle. If only chemicals and "high-pressure water" are used - the chemicals are usually too strong and are harmful themselves or the pressures necessary to remove dirt is "too high" and puts your vehicle's trim, exterior accessories and finish at risk of damage - it happens!

  5. Vehicle Washes waste water. They are major users of water and must be limited or controlled.
    Home washing uses between 120 and 175 gallons of water for each wash. We capture 90% of the water we use and use less than 11 gallons of fresh water per vehicle. We also do not put dirty water on the vehicle during the wash process. The TOTAL amount of water that a full service vehicle wash uses, virtually does not even register against most other types of businesses. Strict and aggressive water reduction would have almost no affect on the amount of water used!

  6. I wash my vehicle at home, try to conserve water and use the safest cleaning products I can find.
    Great, but think about what happens to the debris (road oils, tar, chemical overspray, gas and diesel exhaust, unburned fuels, etc.) that you remove from your vehicle's paint surface, wheel wells, tires, and wheels. When you wash and rinse off your vehicle, where does the runoff go? Into the lakes, rivers, streams, city sewage systems, water treatment plants and worst of all - Ground Water! The majority of store bought cleaning products are not environmentally safe. At Best Auto Wash and Detailing, we use Eco safe products from Dri Wash'n Guard to avoid debris in our environment. When we use the conventional water method, we trap debris on high tech wash mats and then dispose of debris in the proper, environmentally safe manner, as required by government agencies. Only lightly sediment water is allowed into the sewer system.

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