There's more to a clean car than flashy looks. Indeed, the dirt and grime that slowly accumulate from the rain, the snow, and various road conditions across Grand Junction can damage and corrode the paint on your vehicle. But is a hand wash car wash better than a touchless car wash? Grand Junction drivers can learn more about their car wash decisions below with Glenwood Springs Springs Subaru. When you're finished, read about the benefits of having your car serviced at our service center and then contact us to set up an appointment. 

Hand Car Wash: Pros and Cons

When you were a teen, you might have hand washed a car for a chore or to raise money for your church in Vail. But what does a hand wash actually do for your vehicle? Check out the ups and downs below.


  •  If you're not just dealing with dust, but a lot of organic or inorganic junk (everything for clobs of dirt to bugs to salt), a soft cloft applied with hands is effective at scooping all the excess material on your car off. 
  • Hard to reach places are easier to get to with a keen eye and combined with the flexibility of cloth.


  • If you don't treat the vehicle's surface properly, you can scratch it. 
  • There's a bit of a risk involved in breaking parts that are flimsy because of the physical pressure you're applying 

Touchless Car Wash: Pros and Cons 

A touchless or hands free car wash uses high-pressure water and detergents to clean your car's surface. 


  • There's less risk of breaking parts on a hands free car wash since nothing is getting "roughed up" physically.
  • Advanced sensors can detect the vehicle's contour and clean for precision. 


  • When your car needs a very deep clean, a touchless wash might not penetrate all the layers of dirt and grime.
  • There's a slight risk that the chemicals in a hands-free car won't be controlled properly, resulting in some staining on your exterior. 

Learn more about car services at Glenwood Springs Subaru

Glenwood Springs Subaru has a properly-equipped service center that Subaru owners in Grand Junction and Vail can rely on for quality. You can read about our service specials and schedule an appointment online for many of your car's needs, like changing brake fluid, or explore our website for more informative articles, like how to jump-start your car.