What's the average price of a car wash at a gas station?

I know that I can do a better job washing my car than an automatic car wash, but unfortunately for myself and my car, I'm exceptionally lazy. What's the average cost of a gas station car wash? How does the price compare to doing it yourself?

Answer
Good question—and for what it’s worth, exceptional laziness is a very relatable ailment. While not as thorough as doing the job yourself, a gas station car wash does an adequate job for fairly cheap. Depending on where you go and what type of wash you get, and whether you get the price from getting gas at the same time, you can expect the car wash to cost somewhere between $6 and $15.
However, before you decide to use an automatic or touchless car wash, know the risks. Many automatic car washes use high pressure to push the brushes. While this can remove gunk, bugs, and tree sap, it can also inadvertently scratch the paint job with debris. That’s why grabbing a soap, bucket, and hose might be a better option.
If your car is scratched by a car wash and you can prove it, your comprehensive coverage may cover you. Simply call your insurance company to start the claims process.
If you don’t have comprehensive insurance, you may want to add it to protect your car. The easiest way to do this is through the Jerry app—we’ll get you personalized quotes from top providers so that all you need to do is choose the plan that works best for you.
Best of luck with keeping your car clean!
Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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