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1557 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA, 92029

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Call 760-745-3000, Option 2 to set an appointment)
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Call 760-745-3000, Option 1 to set an appointment)
  • Sat - SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed
Collision Center Hours:
  • Mon - Fri8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed

Hand Car Wash vs. Touchless Car Wash

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Whether your vehicle has kicked up dust on the backroads around San Marcos or it’s been the subject to lots of spring showers, it may be a good time for a good car wash. Hand car wash and touchless car wash options are available, but you may be wondering which is the better option for your vehicle. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and we have your guide to learn more about hand car wash vs. touchless car wash from the service experts at MINI of Escondido.

Hand Wash Car Wash Facts

When your car needs a thorough wash, a hand car wash may be the better option. This can be done at your home near San Diego, or have a skilled hand wash car wash service done at dealerships like MINI of Escondido. Below is a look at the pros and cons:

Hand Car Wash Advantages

  • A More Thorough Clean – Opting for a hand wash car wash means that you’re getting a deeper cleaning for your car, as you can get into the small crevices that normally get missed by a hands-free car wash. Places like the undercarriage are easily accessible, and you can remove eyesores like dried bugs on the windshield or headlights.
  • Affordable – Washing your car at home vs. having someone else wash it saves you money.

Hand Car Wash Disadvantages

  • You’ll Pay a Bit More at Specialty Facilities – You will pay more if you get your car washed at our Escondido dealership or specialty facility than if you opted for the DIY route. However, it may not be worth it if you don’t have space or time to wash your car at home.
  • Car Paint Could Be Damaged – This is not a guaranteed disadvantage, but it could happen if you hand wash your car too frequently.

Touchless Car Wash Facts

A touchless car wash, also known as a hands free car wash, is the automatic mechanized car wash that you loved going through as a kid. Automated car washes are much cheaper than bringing your car in for a hand wash, but they also have their advantages and drawbacks:

Hands Free Car Wash Advantages

  • Convenience – Automated car washes are meant for speed and efficiency. You can have your car cleaned in around 10 minutes or less.
  • Easier on Your Paint – Touchless car washes are more gentle on cars as to avoid paint scratching and damage.
  • Cheaper Costs – No manual labor is involved in a touchless car wash, which makes the costs low.

Hands Free Car Wash Disadvantages

  • End Result Might Be Unsatisfactory – Because automatic car washes are gentle on car paint, you’re not always the best at removing stuck-on debris.
  • Water Spots – Air dryers are at the end of automatic car washes to remove any remaining stray water droplets, but they’re not always effective. Your car could still have water spots.

Have Your Vehicle Professionally Washed at MINI of Escondido!

If you have been looking for a dependable car wash service near Carlsbad, visit our service center at MINI of Escondido! Give us a call with any questions or when you’re ready to schedule your appointment right at home. Be sure to peruse our service specials for additional savings.

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