Automatic Car Wash vs. Hand Washing | Hebert’s Town & Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

December 30th, 2016 by

It’s true, hand washing your vehicle can be more beneficial than an automatic car wash at times, but for those who work full-time, have families and live busy lives, hand washing isn’t always practical. Is one method really better than the other, though?

At Hebert's Town And Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Shreveport, LA, we want you to know the pros and cons of both so you can decide what’s best for your vehicles’s car washing needs.

Automatic Wash


It’s convenient. Of the people who choose an automatic car wash over hand washing, most of them do it because of the ease. Pay your fee, push a button and roll through the station. You’re in an out in under 10 minutes, sometimes less than 5 depending on what type of wash you select.


It’t not free. This is another classic example of time versus money. While driving through an automatic wash takes much less time, it also can cost you anywhere between $5 and $30 for a single wash.

Hand wash

If you know what you’re doing, a hand wash can yield better results than an automatic wash. You’re able to get into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle and scrub away the built-up grime that an automatic wash can’t always get.

Scratching the paint. Always choosing to hand wash over an automatic wash can result in small scratches, or a sandpaper look, over time if you use a sponge or a rag.

Water spotting. Hand drying can leave water spots. Even when using a microfiber cloth, there’s just no substitute to the blowers at automatic washes.

Now that we’ve pointed out pros and cons of each, we want to make our suggestion: use the hybrid method. When you have a little more time, wash out the nooks and crannies of your car first and then take it to a car wash.

Want more tips on how to properly clean and take care of your car? Visit or call our service department at we’ll be glad to give a few suggestions.