For those of us who are now in our 40s or older, washing the car used to be an activity we did with our parents, most commonly our dads on a Sunday afternoon. It was generally a fun activity for kids, chucking soapy water at the family car. It was back in a time when most of us didn’t have a household budget that would allow us to spend money on automatic car washes at the petrol station – in fact most petrol stations didn’t have them back then.
It’s not one of those stories about how pure and wholesome life used to be – it’s just a fact that we had better things to spend money on.
Today, we often see students driving around in brand new cars bought for them by mum or dad when they go to university, such is the change in attitudes to what is considered essential. That means a lot more business for the petrol stations, not just in terms of selling fuel, but also in having a much bigger number of vehicles on the road in need of a clean from time to time. You might have noticed that there’s also been a shift towards pressure washers on forecourts rather than the massive drive in style automatic car washes. That’s for a couple of reasons – firstly cost. The jet washers are usually much cheaper to use than the full automatic ones – and that’s down to the fact that they’re cheaper to install and operate for the petrol stations themselves. Secondly, and I’ve no idea if this is true or just a myth, the bigger ones are said to damage your paintwork if you use them all the time.
For people with company cars or PCP plans that change their car every two or three years, it’s not likely that the latter will concern you too much, but if you like a car to last a decade or more, you will probably listen to rumours regardless of whether they’re true if the concern is slowly stripping the paint away.
Wilks USA have a great solution to all this – and you can learn about their products by clicking here. They’ve launched a range of home pressure washers that run on petrol and can be used for all manner of cleaning jobs. The best part is you pay for them once and they should last years, unlike using a petrol station forecourt on a pay as you use basis. In other words, it eventually works out cheaper – it’s not just the cost of paying to use them, you’ve also got to think about the fuel savings in getting there too – unless of course you’re really disciplined about only cleaning your car when you’re already there filling up.
The best Wilks USA petrol pressure washers are undoubtedly the most powerful ones, namely the TX850, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend that much. Cheaper options like the popular TX625 and TX650 (all mentioned in the reviews linked above in the previous paragraph) are likely to be just as good for your needs if you’re just using them to clean the car. In fact they may even be better, for the very same reason that you suspect you shouldn’t use the big automatic car washes.