You’ve likely heard people joke — or be serious — about not needing a car wash after it rains. All that water naturally washes dirt and grime off the vehicle free of charge, so you don’t need a car wash, right? Your car might seem clean, but ensconced within those seemingly clear droplets of rain are the trappings of corrosion that will eat away at your vehicle over time.

Proper car cleaning is essential to prolonging the life of your vehicle. With an automatic car wash, self-service car wash, or drive through car wash, the most important takeaway is that washing your car regularly will keep it healthy and looking sharp.

Autumn is here and winter is close, both particularly intense seasons on our vehicles. What cleaning do you need to keep up with this season? We’ve got a few ideas.


  • Undercarraige: A lot of car owners keep the visible parts of their car shiny and well-groomed, but pay less attention to the area that sees the most wear. Your car’s undercarriage is inches away from the road 100% of the time. The amount of road-borne impurities that come in contact with your undercarriage is staggering. Especially with slush and road salt during winter months. Clean it well, clean it often.
  • Exterior protection: A bit easier, but still a piece of maintenance that takes some elbow grease, keeping your paint job protected is important too. Those impurities that lie hidden in moisture can slowly eat away at the finest of paint jobs over time. Make sure your car is waxed periodically and put that protective barrier between your paint and the elements.
  • Interior cleaning: Everything you tread on outside of your car comes with you and your passengers inside the car. It might be a hassle wrangling that car vacuum and maneuvering the nooks and crannies that seem impossible to reach, but you want to keep it clean in there. Apart from the feeling that comes from being in a clean interior, you don’t want to fall victim to avoidable upholstery damage from things you track into your own car. Get to that car vacuum and make it sparkle.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 100,000 car wash facilities across the country. But, if you’re looking for where to get your car washed, remember we are just one bridge and one block from downtown Parkersburg.