Drivers are ditching car washes and cleaning motors themselves to save money

DRIVERS do without car washes and clean their vehicles themselves to save money.

A survey has revealed that Brits have stopped using professional car wash services due to the cost of living crisis.

Motorists have decided to refrain from using professional cleaners to save money


Motorists have decided to refrain from using professional cleaners to save moneyPhoto credit: SWNS
The survey also revealed how motorists clean their cars


The survey also revealed how motorists clean their carsPhoto credit: eBay

The study, commissioned by eBay UK, found that 18 per cent have given up using car washes in the last year.

The survey included 2,000 motorists and revealed why motorists chose to become cleaning professionals.

Most of those who decide to stop using professional cleaning services state that their biggest motivation is to save money.

But for others, it’s not just down to their savings, with 28 percent spending hours on the task believing it will do a better job than a professional cleaner.

18 percent say they enjoy the job and only 9 percent lack confidence in others doing the job.

And 27 percent say they clean their car just as well – if not better – than “most” professional car washes.

But 14 percent admitted they never do this task, and 28 percent of all drivers said they clean the outside of their car once a month or more often.

eBay UK spokeswoman Laura Richards said: “Consumers are increasingly taking matters into their own hands due to the cost of living crisis.

“And the study suggests that this includes keeping their vehicles spotless while they look for ways to save money.

“But it’s not just about making money better – it seems to be a passion for a significant proportion of respondents.”

However, drivers choose to wash their car differently: 23 percent only use hot water and soap and then wash it off with the water hose.

While 17 percent accept it next Level and expenses for specialty products and waxes.

The results, released via OnePoll, also revealed that more than half of people think it is important to drive a dirt-free car.

29 percent even go so far as to keep the interior of the vehicle sparkling clean every month – and spend more than 19 hours a year doing it.

When asked about the quality of the car cleaning and washing, 54 percent described their quality as “good”.

However, most people agree that the task is challenging – 75 percent find it tedious.

The most difficult tasks include avoiding streaks, followed by cleaning the hubcaps and vacuuming the interior of the car.

Laura Richards added, “While many professional cleaning services do an excellent job, self-cleaning is an easy way to save money and ensure the job gets done to your satisfaction.”

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“But dirt can be stubborn, so it’s important to have the right tools and cleaning products for the job at hand.”

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The survey was commissioned by eBay UK


The survey was commissioned by eBay UKPhoto credit: eBay

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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