You hate to see it.
So you got yourself a brand spankin’ new 2020 Toyota Supra, and it’s time for one of its first washes. You’d probably handwash this $50,000 sports car, making sure you don’t get any swirl marks on the Renaissance Red 2.0 paint. But not this Supra owner. According to Chicago Car Meets member David Flores via Facebook earlier yesterday (Feb. 20, 2020) he caught the horrifying moment this Supra owner gingerly drove into a self carwash bay and scrubbed his Supra with that dirty, soapy broom.
Check out the photos for yourself below.
Here we see some proud Supra owner driving his car into a torture chamber for car paint. With a stiff, bristled brush that’s been used on dozens of cars and never cleaned, it’s 100 percent a paint scouring machine. Naturally, people scrub back and forth with that brush often picking up pieces of dirt, dust, and grit that’s collected over the weeks. And guess where that abrasive goes? To the next car’s paint.
And let’s not forget the high-pressure water that people rinse their cars with. A couple years ago these high psi rinse off would be OK, but modern cars have sensitive sensors and cameras all around, susceptible to damage from a blast of car wash water.
Toyota even warns its owners in their manuals. The below quote’s straight from the Supra one.
“When cleaning with high-pressure washers, components can be damaged due to the pressure or temperatures being too high.“
If you care about your car’s paint, at all, please, for the love of all that is holy, do not go to one of these self-serve washes. Just go to the dollar store, get a dollar wash mitt, then head over to Wal-Mart for some car wash soap, and do the business in front of your garage.