Professional vs Automated Car Wash: The Good and Bad

Professional vs Automated Car Wash: The Good and Bad

Lambency Detailing

With advancing technology, automation has become the future. For instance, when you go to public restrooms in Singapore’s shopping malls, almost everything is automated. From the toilet flush to the soap dispenser, automation makes everything easier.

Now, car washes have also moved towards automation. While it might seem like the most convenient option, especially when pressed for time, automated car wash services do come with their upsides and downsides. Here’s what you need to know!

What is an Automated Car Wash Facility?

An automated car wash facility is different from a professional car wash service. It uses a variety of machines with multiple mechanisms to make car washing a breeze so that you don’t need to lift a finger, except when driving in and out of the facility.

It starts with an automated bay that pulls your car along a conveyor belt while the machines dispense soap and water. Depending on the type of mechanical system, the car washing process may include an undercarriage wash.

Some people would prefer the automated car wash for several reasons, but like any automation in our daily lives, it has its pros and cons.

Pros of Automated Car Wash


When you’re pressed for time, getting your car hand-washed by professionals might seem like the most stressful decision as they take the time to wash it thoroughly without damaging the surface. With an automated car wash, you can quickly get your car cleaned in a record time of just five to 10 minutes.

Thorough wash

For the car wash machine to operate optimally, steps are fed into the device’s memory to ensure a thorough wash. As a result, there is no chance that the machine would skip out on any of the steps because that could mean the system is faulty or malfunctioning. So, the amount of work done by an automated car wash is as perfect as possible.


We, humans, are known to tire quickly. More so when it comes to washing our cars, as it requires a lot of energy and willpower to complete the wash. For those who pay attention to the details, the car wash will likely tire them out halfway through. The automated car wash offers effortless cleaning with additional attention to unreachable areas.

Cons of Automated Car Wash

Water spots

While an automated car wash is convenient, it can leave water spots or marks on your car’s body, as the drying process may not be as thorough as a professional car wash service. This may occur when the facility uses older equipment, or the system is not as precise as you expected.

Harsh chemicals

Some automated car wash facilities use industrial-strength car shampoo to effectively remove dirt and grime from the surface of your car. While these formulations can remove bird droppings, tree sap, and paint sealants, they can leave a mark on unprotected paint. Over time, it can lead to oxidation, corrosion, and rust.

Possible damage

When there’s a glitch in the automated car wash system, it can damage your car in several ways. This includes tearing off the antenna, side view mirrors, front or rear bumpers, etc. In such cases, getting proper compensation from the automated car wash facility will be challenging.

Professional vs Automated Car Wash: Which is better?

Owning a car in Singapore is a costly affair. Instead of sending your car to an automated car wash, why not let a car detailing workshop like Lambency Detailing do what they do best? They offer various car grooming services, including car wash and wax, at a reasonable cost.

Get Your Car Washed at Lambency Detailing

Cleaning your car regularly can seem like a chore because you must carve out time to wash it. You can exert little effort by getting it washed at a car detailing workshop like Lambency Detailing.

As a one-stop automotive centre for all your car needs, we offer comprehensive car grooming services that use only 100% genuine SONAX products from Germany to ensure the quality of your car’s exterior.

Find out more about Lambency Detailing’s different products and services here. Book an appointment with us to get your car cleaned now! WhatsApp: (65) 9658 5808 Email: lambency@quantum-globe.com

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