How to Choose the Right Type of Car Wash for You

July 31, 2020

Many of us probably have fond memories of lugging a bucket of soapy water and a huge yellow sponge to the driveway. Unfortunately, between work, children, and a busy social calendar it’s hard to find time to break out the squeegees and sponges anymore.

That’s where the modern car wash comes in! Car washes don’t just keep your car looking great. Regularly washing your car with a professional finish will also help you retain your car’s value - but how do you decide what kind of wash is best for you? Let’s take a look at some of the most common car washes today and the pros and cons of each.


For the nostalgic among us who don’t have the space at home, try a self-service car wash.

The downside of a self service car wash is that you have to provide your own towels for drying. Also, in the time it takes to soap one side of your car, the other may already have already dried, leaving unfavorable spots. Avoid washing your car on a hot day or after it’s been running for a while to help avoid fast drying.


Sometimes a little personal attention goes a long way. If you don’t want to - or can’t - wash your car yourself, a hand-wash service is a great choice.

A professional will go over your car from stem to stern (wait, that’s boats, right?) to be sure everything is spick and span. The added benefit of a professional hand wash is that most offer packages for interior detailing. Well trained hand-washers won’t leave behind spots and stains.

Look for a car wash that has well maintained facilities and friendly customer service. A company that is using top of the line equipment or supplies and paying their employees well isn’t going to skip on professional soaps might damage your paint job.


In a world where time is money, an automatic car wash meets all of a car owner’s needs. Automatic car washes use conveyor lines to run your car through a machine-based cleaning and drying system. Most automatic washes use soft cloth to sweep over your car, removing dirt and grime.

Customization is the name of the game with auto washes. Automatic car washes afford the luxury of choosing from a number of packages and upgrades to get the most bang for your buck. Automatic car washes are the best choice if you want your vehicle clean in a matter of minutes.


At Tommy Terrific’s here in Plano, Texas, you get the best of both worlds - a high tech, full service wash with the personal touch of a friendly staff. Sit back and relax in our luxury grade lobby (and enjoy a complimentary wine or beer!), while knowing your car is receiving an expert cleaning. Check out Tommy’s today for luxury treatment for all your car cleaning and maintenance needs.