When considering the topic of car maintenance, oil and filter changes always come to mind. But what about a car wash? Is this really a necessary item on the car owner’s to-do list? Consider these opposing points of view.
Why Do People Wash Their Cars?
For many drivers, the expression that cleanliness is next to godliness does not exclude their cars. To be a proud driver of a truck, sedan or any other vehicle, it is a matter of personal pride to keep it clean, regardless of any dents, scrapes or scratches. Those who wash their cars on a regular basis may believe that taking care of their possessions is a form of expressing gratitude for what they have, even if they wish for something bigger or fancier.
Another reason people wash cars is because they believe that it is a form of automotive maintenance. Cars that are new are unblemished, but rust and other stains take away from a car’s new appearance. Salt from the roads during the winter time can make its way to the inner parts of a car, potentially causing problems. Washing a car can prevent this from happening and keeps the exterior of any car pleasant to look upon.
Why Don’t People Wash Their Cars?
Washing a car takes time, money and supplies. A basic drive-thru car wash can cost seven dollars and for many, that’s an extra expense that can’t be justified. Some believe that washing a car does nothing but to help people look good in front of others. For these individuals, bothering with vanity is useless. Still others have concerns about the impact of the environment. They view washing a car as a waste of resources. In times of drought, such as during the summer when temperatures soar, those with environmental concerns believe that saving water is imperative not just for their own households but for the greater community. Consumers who hesitate to wash their cars for environmental reasons are also concerned about the chemicals commonly used to wash cars and the effects those chemicals may have on humans, septic systems and vegetation.