In the past, most would never think twice about taking their vehicles through a car wash. This is just something that people do. With modern technology though, it isn’t a good idea to assume that your car will be fine with an automatic car washing system. At Flagstop Car Wash, we want to ensure that you’re getting the best treatment for your vehicle so we always recommend reviewing your owner’s manual prior to using any of our full or self-service options.

If you drive one of the following, make sure to take extra caution before using any automatic car wash services. Not all vehicles are meant for a standard automatic car wash, but we offer multiple options for your needs.

8-speed Transmissions

According to the International car wash Association, vehicles like the Chrysler 200 and 300, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee don’t do well going through car washes. Cars with 8-speed transmissions and push start buttons cannot ride in neutral through a car wash without possibly interfering with the automatic parking brake and rotary sensor. There can be a manual override, but it is complicated and may cause issues with the vehicle in the future.

At Flagstop, we always recommend checking with your dealer or manufacturer prior to going through the car wash.


Although the 2020 GLS models now have a car wash function, models prior to these have reported issues with car washes in the past. Because of the SmartKey function, you must leave the car running when going through a car wash. If you plan to turn your car off in the car wash, you won’t be able to due to the Smartkey. The manufacturer has acknowledged and addressed this issue with the newest models.

Large and Oversized Vehicles

Some vehicles simply will not fit into standard car washes. Large trucks, SUVs, and recreational vehicles or those with specialty parts like oversized tires and spoilers are most likely to not attach into the automated system. Also, vehicles with ladders, bike racks, or rear-mounted racks are also not suggested for automatic car washes.

If a standard automatic car wash isn’t an option for your vehicle, don’t fret. At Flagstop Car Wash we have options to get your vehicle clean inside and out. Our self-service option is great for washing these large or specialty cars, SUVs, and trucks. You will be provided with towels, window cleaners, and tire dressings along with detailing products like engine degreaser, triple-foam polish and spray waxes.

We are the Experts

At Flagstop Car wash, we want to give our customers the best and safest options for every type of vehicle. We have 11 convenient locations with a variety of self and full-service options. If you have a car that doesn’t do well in automatic car washes, we can help. Check out our location directory to find a car wash near you.

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