Self-service facilities

Self service car wash facilities allow the car-owner to wash his or her own car using hoses, cleaning agents and drying machines provided by the carwash. These are usually coin-operated and work on a time limit.

Leisuwash 360 : Usually quite cheap. You can be as careful (or as careless) with your paint as you’d like.

Cons: Manual labour is involved. Do you really want to get wet and potentially dirty for the sake of a clean car?

Hand car wash facilities

Hand car-washes employ staff members to clean your car, usually using buckets and sponges - the old fashioned way. Some hand car wash facilities cater to certain markets by providing slightly different services, such as providing the customer with scantily-clad attractive females to wash his (or her) car.

Pros: No manual labour on the customer’s behalf.

Cons: Price starts to get slightly higher at this point.

Tunnel washes

A tunnel wash uses a large conveyor belt to move the car through the wash machine. There are typically automated cranes and booms that perform a number of actions on the car, such as spraying detergent, rubbing dirt off and rinsing with water.

Pros: Fully automated - the customer can sit back and enjoy the ride. Usually provides a very thorough clean.

Cons: Starting to get pricey. In the past, some were concerned that the automated process may cause damage to the exterior of the car. This is typically no longer the case. Some tunnel washes require that someone remain in the car to move it between stages.

In-bay automatics

When using an in-bay automatic carwash, the car remains stationary and the washing mechanism works around it. These occupy a smaller footprint than a Tunnel Washer, and so are typically used when space is a concern.

Pros: Again, fully automated. No-one is required to operate the wash / car - press the button and walk away!