How many times have you finished washing your car only to find out that it is about to rain? Seriously! It is amazing how the sky can be clear and sunny one minute and sloppy the next. It almost seems like getting your car washed is a sure way to jinx the weather.
Whether or not that is true, it happens often enough. You clean your car and the weather turns sour. Or you wash it on a warm winter day only to find the next morning that the roads have been freshly salted. Then there is the inconsiderate neighbor who just blew all of the dust from his driveway onto yours – and all over your car.
But after spending fifteen bucks to get your car cleaned, the last thing you want to do is drive right back to the car wash to do it all over again.
What is a car wash membership?
That is where a car wash membership pays off. Sometimes called a car wash club, a car wash membership is a subscription service with a local automatic car wash where you pay a set fee each month for a certain number of washes. Like a newspaper or Netflix subscription, you do not need to pay every time you use the service. That way, you can get your car cleaned whenever you need to. Whenever it is dirty.
Most car washes that provide a membership service offer multiple levels of participation. Some give you a set number of washes, almost like a voucher system. Others allow you to have your car washed as many times as you like. Automatic car washes also extend wash packages featuring different tiers of service, starting with a basic wash and escalating to an “everything included” bundle of all the car wash extras they offer. Memberships are usually priced to align with those packages.
How often should you wash your car?
Keeping your car clean, free of contaminants like dirt, salt, bird droppings, and the like, is essential if you want to keep it on the road for the long haul. Making sure your paint is protected from the elements is just as important.
But most people simply do not wash their vehicles frequently enough. In average conditions, you should wash your car every two weeks or so. More often if you drive on dirt roads, near the ocean, through snow and salt, or where any other contaminants are a concern.
Of course, it becomes costly to pay for a service every week. It costs more if you have to return because you drove through the mud right after you had your car washed. You might be tempted to wash it yourself. But there are problems with that plan as well.
Not only is it inconvenient (and time-consuming) to wash your car in the driveway, you can actually do more harm than good. An automatic car wash is far more practical than a DIY wash.
What are the advantages of a car wash membership?
If you can drive through a car wash any time you like, why in the world would you opt for a membership subscription? Consider these benefits of a car wash membership:
You can wash your car as often as you like
You can get the best bang for your buck if your local car wash offers a membership with unlimited washes. Naturally, no one wants to spend more than necessary to get a car cleaned. But if you can drive through the car wash whenever you need to, you do not have to worry about paying too much. Unlimited washes translate to more frequent washes – and that is good news for your car.
You can protect your paint – and the rest of your car – from the elements
Contaminants that build up on the surface of your car can harm the paint. Dirt and sand will scratch the clearcoat. Bird droppings, acid rain, and other corrosive compounds eat into the surface. Washing your car frequently will help to eliminate these problems and help prevent rust. If you choose a service that includes paint protectants (such as Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant and Armor All ® Extreme Shine Wax), you can have the peace of mind that your paint is protected in between washes. Frequent undercarriage cleanings will also help to eliminate salt and other contaminants that corrode the underbody and suspension.
You do not need to wait until you have cash in hand
If you have ever considered driving into the local car wash but changed your mind because you didn’t happen to have money in your pocket (and you didn’t want to break out the credit card), you have another reason to invest in a car wash membership. With unlimited washes, you do not need to pay every time you go. With a membership, every visit is quick and hassle-free. And that means it is more likely that you will wash your car more often.
You can take advantage of state-of-the-art technology
Nothing like the nylon stiff-bristle wash monsters of the past, a modern automatic soft-cloth car wash features advanced technology to clean your car, truck, or SUV. Gentle closed-foam and felt cloths apply mild friction while carefully blended chemicals emulsify and remove contaminants. The entire exterior from the top to the tires is cleaned and dried. And if you like, you can add on special wheel and tire treatment, paint protectant, and more.
You can support a local business
Finally, by choosing a wash membership, you not only save yourself time and money, you also show support for a small business in your community. A wash membership is a relationship rather than a one-night stand. It is a partnership between you and the car wash. One that ensures that they receive regular traffic and you receive all of the car wash services that you need.
If you are looking for a car wash membership, there are a few things to keep in mind. Choose a membership that provides:
- Unlimited washes
- A low monthly fee
- No long-term contracts
- No cancellation fees
- Excellent customer service
A car wash membership is an excellent option to help keep your car looking and performing like new.
Columbia Auto Care & Car Wash | Author: Mike Ales | Copyright
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