According to a survey of household travel in the ACT and Queanbeyan region, around 95% of households have at least one car, and each day just under a million car journeys are made across our city. So, with our cars playing such an important role in our day-to-day lives, we need to be able to look after them properly.
Keeping your car clean is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance. And while you could grab a bucket of soapy water and a sponge and get to work right there on your driveway, a professional wash will not only save you time, but energy and water consumption as well.
There are numerous car wash services all over Canberra, so in this article we’ll give you a few things to look out for in a great car washing service, and help you narrow it down with a guide to the best of the best.
What makes an excellent car wash?
Not sure what you are looking for in a car wash? No worries. Take a look at these tips and use them as a starting point as you search out what you need.
- Unbeatable results. There’s no point paying for a professional car wash service if the results fall flat. The best car washes in Canberra deliver flawlessly clean results time and time again.
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you opt for a professional car washing and detailing service, you should expect experience, know-how, and attention to detail – all delivered with a friendly attitude.
- Well priced. If it’s quick and simple you’re after, look for a car wash service that’ll cost you little more than your spare change.
- Conveniently located. You probably don’t want to drive too far out of your way to get your car washed. Location is key.
The best car washes in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Without further ado, here are the top car washes servicing the Canberra region.
Brite Car Spa is a locally owned and owner-operated car wash and detailer conveniently located in central Phillip. Among their numerous services, Brite offers hand car wash, full detailing and waxing, leather conditioning, tar removal and more. These services are part of a range of comprehensive packages, all at affordable and competitive price points without compromising on service or quality.
Google reviewer Rob Stretch wrote this review of their experience with Brite Car Wash, “Great service. Car looks immaculate. Interior carpets and seats look brand new. Thanks guys, awesome job.”
Fyshwick Car and Dog Wash is a fully refurbished, modern car wash facility. Offering a next-gen touch-free laser wash, three self-serve wash bays, seven vacuum station, and a dog wash for your furry mates, Fyshwick Car and Dog Wash is one of the best places to clean your car – inside and out – in Canberra.
Facebook user Kim Barlow left the following review for Fyshwick Car and Dog Wash, “Personalised service, fabulous coffee, awesome car wash!”
If you’re looking to give your car a luxury treatment, head on over to Platinum Hand Car Wash & Detailing. As well as providing a full exterior wash, tyre dressing and high gloss finish to make your car look as good as new, Platinum Hand Car Wash also offers cut and polish services, headlight restoration and interior detailing.
As Google reviewer and ‘Local Guide’ Regna Sundararajan writes, “This car wash really exceeds expectations. I bought the $55 package for my hatch and am completely satisfied with the outcome. I would certainly use their services again and would also recommend it for others as well.”
Looking for something a little more high-end? Obsession Car Detailing is a premium cleaning and detail services for the most discerning of car connoisseurs. From European luxury cars to high-performance speed machines, the passionate team at Obsession are equipped to get any vehicle looking as good as new.
As Google reviewer Jasdeep Sahota writes, “I can’t recommend this place enough. Taken my brand new car there to get ceramic coated, it looked noticeably better than the first day I received my car!”
Enzo Auto Detailing is one of Canberra’s leading experts for auto detailing, ceramic coating paint protection, window tinting and more. As accredited detailers, Enzo has access to top level products available, and promise to deliver high quality results every time. With passion and professionalism, the experienced team at Enzo Auto Detailing can enhance your car paint to showroom shine.
As happy customer Chris Phillips writes in this Google review, “Amazing customer service and result. Had my new car opticoated and was extremely happy with the result.”
If you’re looking for more services in Canberra that can help you look after your car, check out our articles on the best mechanics and the best car service centres in town for some helpful recommendations!
Your experience with car washes in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I leave my car at the car wash?
Yes! Some car wash services will allow you to leave you vehicle behind, especially if you’ve scheduled an interior clean. Make sure you leave a key for the cleaners and clear your car of any valuables before leaving it.
How long does a full car wash take?
If a “full” wash means exterior and interior cleans, which will include windows, carpets, the dashboard and maybe some leather conditioning, a full wash can take up to two hours. Each service will differ though, so make sure you ask ahead and find out how long the wash will take.
Do I have to empty my car before taking it to the wash?
If you've scheduled an interior clean, yes. The cleaners need to be able to access every area of your car in order to give it a thorough clean, and you don't want them to accidentally throw away something you want to keep.
How much water does it take to wash my car at home?
This depends on how long it takes you to wash your car. On average, a standard garden hose uses about 10 gallons per minute, so a 10-minute car wash with the hose running can use about 100 gallons. As long as you shut off your hose while you’re not using it and keep the water in a bucket to reduce waste, you’ll be able to manage the consumption.
Why should I wax my car?
Waxing your car is a purely aesthetic choice. A coat of wax will protect your car's paint from fading, sun damage and becoming discoloured.