There are solid benefits to washing a car. In addition to freshening up a car’s appearance, washing off built-up dirt and muck limits acidic decay of the paint over time. Gas stations present a wide array of options for car washes. Some gas stations may offer basic hoses and suds for a self-service, while others may provide a more intensive automated treatment.
Washing a car at a gas station tends to be fairly user friendly; automated kiosks will typically run the operator through the step by step process. We’ll cover the process of using a Ryko car wash location, the LaserWash touch-less wash system, and how to make the most of a self-service car wash.
How to Wash a Car at a Ryko Location
Step 1: Find a suitable Ryko location. With more than 4,750 locations spanning the nation, you’re bound to drive past a Ryko at some point.
Ryko is a car wash business with a dependable standard and affordable prices. If you’re thinking of checking one out, you can search online with a resource like Good Maps to pinpoint where the nearest Ryko is.
Step 2: Drive up to a Ryko payment kiosk. Conveyor and rollover washing equipment is featured on Ryko washers to give it an efficient cost-effectiveness; individuals with delicate paint jobs may want to wash the car off by hand or via a touch-less washer.
Most importantly however, the Ryko car wash system is designed with ease-of-use in mind. First, pull up to the kiosk as you would with a fast food drive-thru. Use the payment kiosk and input the form of cleaning you would like; certain additional cleaning options may be requested to give your car a waxy shimmer at the end of it.
Step 3: Drive through the Ryko washer tunnel. Drive through into the washing tunnel once you’re done with the kiosk. Ryko’s ultrasonic vehicle detection will pinpoint your car so the cleaning can commence.
During this stage, it’s time to sit back while the automated wash does its thing. When the wash is complete, a ringer will sound. When it does, drive slowly through the dryer section of the tunnel. As you get out of the tunnel, make sure to be safe and slow. Your windshield may still be obscured from the wash, and nearby cars may not have the chance to see you emerge from the washing tunnel.
On an additional note, car wash joints tend to operate similar across the board; instructions for a Ryko joint could conceivably cross over to apply to many of their competitors as well.
How to Wash a Car Using a LaserWash Station
The LaserWash is an automated car washing system that rapidly gained popularity in the early 1990s. The brand’s popularity was so much so that the LaserWash name is practically synonymous with automated touchless car washes in general.
LaserWash is different from a typical car wash like Ryko in the sense that it is touchless; there are no rollovers making direct contact with the car’s paint. This may be a little more costly, but this system virtually eliminates any chance of your car getting scratched during the washing process.
The experience of being in the car while it’s washed is also generally more comfortable without direct physical contact. There are a number of LaserWash versions you may come across. The LaserWash 4000 is the most abundant, but others like the G5 may offer different services.
Step 1: Drive up to the payment kiosk and input service options. Much like a Ryko station, drive slowly up to the payment station, much like a drive-thru. Input the type of clean you want and offer card payment when prompted. You can get extra add-ons like clear coat protection for an extra fee.
Step 2: Drive in and sit tight during the wash. Stay in your car while the cleaning is happening; a LaserWash should take a few minutes to complete the wash. Keep your windows rolled up to prevent water from getting in.
There should be a beeping sound to indicate when it’s safe to drive ahead through the dryer portion and out the other end.
Washing a Car with a Self-Service Station
Using a self-service station is typically cheaper than the full-fledged automated drive-ins. However, that also means getting out of your car and doing the dirty work yourself.
Step 1: Input payment and service options. Pull into an alcove that is designated for self-service car washes. From a payment kiosk, order the water and supplies needed to go through with the cleaning. When you’re paying, it’s valid to keep in mind that your dollar will go further with prepaid services rather than a coin-operated machine.
Step 2: Wash evenly and thoroughly. Self-service is not recommended if you don’t know how to wash a car properly yourself. It may not be a form of rocket science per se, but you will need to make sure you have your bases covered. Apply lots of water and suds to the car, and apply the cleaning evenly across the surface.
Step 3: Dry the car after washing. After the washing, you should put just as much effort into properly drying off the car.
The important thing in this case is that the soap suds are rinsed off before they have time to settle. Leaving undried patches of soap could result in streaks that will show up badly on your car. Washing your car in the middle of a sunny day helps to speed up the drying process.