Getting a car wash every week is a good rule of thumb, but that might vary based on personal conditions. If you live on a dirt road or do a lot of highway driving, for example, you may need to wash more often.
There are so many options for keeping your car clean! Professional hand washing, coin-operated power washers, automatic car washes, and hand washing at home are all options. The most cost and time-efficient methods are typically automatic car washes or coin-operated power washes because they do a good job and they are quick and inexpensive.
Pick-up trucks generally do go through the car wash just fine. If you are in doubt, do additional research before attempting, giving special consideration to any non-standard equipment like extended mirrors, special trim, or lights.
Most of the time aftermarket accessories come through the car wash just fine. But there is always a small chance that they could be damaged. Factors such as the age and condition of the accessories, whether they were properly installed will affect the outcome.
Typically car washes do not damage trailer hitches. Keep in mind that hitch plugs can be worked loose in a car wash. If you’re concerned, remove the hitch plug ahead of time.