Car Washing: Hand Washing Versus Automatic

The option to use the traditional method of a hand wash service or the latest automatic machine is based on the personal preference of the car owner. While the hand wash has the potential to give the most gleaming look, the alternative method is certain to be a lot quicker. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the different car washing options:

Hand wash

Giving the car a regular hand wash is the most traditional method. Even though it is slower than the automatic alternative, it does have its many plus points, as well as a few downsides.


High-quality and customized – a hand wash has the potential to give the best all-round cleaning performance. A regular hand wash can easily be customized to include other cleaning strategies. With actual hands on contact with the car, it is possible to use extra cleaning techniques like waxing and claying.

Easy to get started – the cost of a basic hand wash is very inexpensive with a need to only invest in a few sponges and a bucket. However, this cost will increase if planning to use other cleaning strategies such as waxing.

Better reach – the may be many places on the car that aren’t property cleaned by the automatic machines. A full hand wash service has the potential to clean the dirt and grime from literally any part or hidden corner of the car.


Time and labor intensive – a hand wash can be very labor intensive and can leave muscles tired and aching. Also, the time involved can vary with the type of cleaning service provided. An in-depth clean with multiple coatings can easily take a few hours to complete.

Poor finish – if the car is left with any unwashed soap in place, this can lead to a dull looking vehicle. Also, there is the risk of tiny bits of dirt building up on the sponges or rags used to clean the car which can result in the unwanted scratch marks.

Automatic car wash

An automatic car wash is a time-saving alternative to a full hand washing service. Many people are starting to favor the automatic services for a variety of reasons, but it does have its negative points as well as plenty of positives.


Gentle on the paint work – the automated machines are very gentle to the entire car and will complete the job without causing any damage. In the past, these machines did use hard brushes which had the potential to cause scratches, but this is no longer the case with the modern units.

Thorough cleaning service – the automated machines are programmed to carefully clean all areas of a car to ensure a consistent clean is provided every time.

Cost-effective – the latest machines are designed with specific car washing techniques that can help to lower the water use and save time. This has the benefit of cutting costs for both the operator and car owners.


Limited contact – a standard strategy with the automated machines is to use minimal contact with the car which can mean the most stuck dirt will still be in place after the washing cycle is complete.

The Purpose of a Cone Filter

A trend that has been around for a while is installing the infamous cone filter. The sound is exhilarating to some yet annoying to others. What is the actual purpose of a cone filter?

A cone filter is mainly used in performance vehicles. It is part of an induction kit that is equipped with the pipework. It needs to be installed somewhere where it can suck in cold air. It is a cone shaped device that can be found close to the air flow in the front of the car.

Many people install these devices on a regular car without realising that it doesn’t make any difference in their driving performance. The driver would also have to replace the air box that was initially part of the engine. Because this vital part has been replaced, the cone filter is now sucking in hot air therefore the filter needs to be an unshielded cone filter.

The idea is to get as much air into the engine. The more oxygen is present, the more power the car will be able to achieve. That is, in a different type of engine. A larger engine will need to pull in more air because it is bigger and more powerful therefore it requires large amounts of oxygen. A smaller, standard four cylinder vehicle won’t get much use out of this filter because it can only suck in hot air, which is useless to the performance of a car as hot air has a lower oxygen count.

If you are interested in installing a cone filter you have to remember that the only noticeable difference will be the sound the car will make. The performance won’t be increased by a great amount but drivers have claimed that it does make their cars more fuel efficient.

Making sure that the cone filter doesn’t obstruct any pipes and airways is also extremely important. The engine requires oxygen and without constant feed, the system will fail. You will also have to avoid installing the air induction kit where water is present. Water will not combust and can greatly damage the engine.

Performance is what everyone wants when driving. It provides them with an unbeatable reputation and confidence. There are other ways to get this reputation – one is fitting performance tyres that suit with your car and another is keeping your car maintained to always look brand new. Avoid installing a cone filter unless you only want the sound that it makes when sucking air into the engine.

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