They are just about as numerous as Starbucks in Las Vegas. You can find one on every other corner. Whether the hand wash, automatic wash or self-serve wash, there’s no shortage of options for washing your car.
For many Las Vegas real estate homeowners, washing your car in the driveway is frowned upon and in many instances against HOA rules. During the summer and other parts of the year washing your car could also result in a fine from the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Many cities simply don’t allow it because it contaminates the storm drain system. The solution? The car wash.
People had been hand washing their cars for years until 1914 when the Automatic Laundry (automatic car wash) opened up for business. Washing cars has never been the same and the car wash business is a lucrative one. The idea was immediately appealing. For a couple bucks and a few minutes of time, the car can now be spotless.
Which one to choose? If you have time, the hand car wash is always the best option. With the automatic wash, there’s always the questions of how harsh are the bristles on the brushes, how old are the brushes, how often are they cleaned or changed and the ever so curious what was washed off the car before. The high-powered sprayers can take off antennae, bumper stickers, magnets and other decals too (just something to think about). There’s always the option of the self-serve car wash where you wash your own car on-site in order to avoid those fines from the Water Authority or your HOA.