How Often Do You Really Need To Wash Your Car?

July 31, 2020

Most of us have a general maintenance schedule for our cars, right? Oil changes, tire rotations, wipers, and brake pads - that kind of thing. Your vehicle is a considerable investment, and if you want to keep it in good working order, you should probably consider how often you wash it. With three locations and more than 525,000 cars washed every year at Tommy Terrific’s Car Wash, we like to think we know a little about car cleanliness. So what do the experts say?


It’s recommended you wash your car every two weeks, depending on your location and time of the year. Obviously, daily drivers and cars kept out in the elements may need more attention. If you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and icy conditions - and road salt - you’ll want to up your game. Same if you’re near an ocean. Salt can cause rust and corrosion, which tanks the resale value of your ride.

If you can’t avoid parking under a tree full of birds, you should probably make a visit to the car wash a priority that week. Some of the things that fall from those trees - bird poop and sap - are acidic enough to eat through your car’s paint job if left too long.


All those extra trips to the car wash to protect your investment might start to feel like a hassle. Fortunately, at Tommy Terrific’s Car Wash, any time you upgrade a wash to include the interior, you’ll receive a complimentary beer or a glass of wine. If you’re going to be hanging out there every two weeks, you should pick a car wash you can enjoy!

Speaking of interiors, with wash packages starting at just $30, you can sit back and relax with a drink while your car is washed, vacuumed, dusted and windows cleaned. Experts recommend leather should be cleaned and conditioned every three months to prevent cracking. Tommy’s crew can keep your car looking new with a professional finish.

Does your car spend a lot of time in the garage? If you’re just out for the occasional joyride, you’ll appreciate the $20 Express wash. It may sound cheap, but it includes a pre-soak, two stages of wheel cleaning, clear coat conditioners, and rain protectant, a high-pressure rinse and hand finishing, plus a scent of your choice.


At Tommy Terrific’s Car Wash, we know cars. Whether you’re looking for a car wash that will baby your car as much as you do or just a cool place to hang out while you check another line off your to-do list, Tommy Terrific’s Car Wash provides a personal touch and excellent customer service to meet all your needs. Come on down to our location in Plano, Texas, open seven days a week.