They are just so convenient. You can pull right up and be out in less than 10 minutes. You have to love it, right? Well, you just might not love it if you found out how bad drive-thru car washes are for your paint. Let’s look at some of the effects drive-thru car washes have on your vehicle’s exterior.


The famous swirls and scratches that come from drive-thru car washes. If you look closely at your paint, particularly in the light, you will be able to see swirls and scratches. Often times these swirls and scratches come from improper washing techniques. Why does it matter? Because the more swirls and scratches you have in your paint, the less your car shines, the older it looks.

Drive thru car washes often have brushes or spinners that rub up against your car to remove dirt; This aggressive contact often does more harm than good. Also, some car washes have people that wipe the car down after the car is washed, this too can scratch your paint. When a car is dried off, dirt is collected in the towel. The dirt trapped in the towels can scratch your paint and cause even more swirls. Now image how much dirt is trapped in a towel that has been drying dozens of cars before yours? It can get really nasty. This is how you can see cars in such horrible shape but get washed frequently.

To prevent this from happening you can go to a touchless car wash that doesn’t have anyone drying the car after. While that is ok, the best thing to properly care for your paint is to go to a professional auto detailer. Not all detailers are built the same. Ask the detailers you are considering let serve you some of the information provided here and if they don’t give you favorable responses, steer clear.

This is a little bit of the disadvantages of Drive-Thru car washes and stay tuned for more updates. Click here to read more about mobile car detailing tips and updates, and if you are looking to get detailed your car, contact us today and our Fresh Car Detailing professionals will offer you all the information about our services.

What have been some of your experiences with drive-thru car washes?


If you are in Wheelers Hill, Victoria 3150, and looking to detail your car, below is the best way to visit us.

Contact us at

Fresh Car Detailing – Mobile Car Wash Melbourne

18 Cumberland Chase

Hampton Park VIC 3976

(03) 9999 7553