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Canadian association chimes in on leaky cars

February 28, 2012
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TORONTO — The executive director of the Canadian Carwash Association responded to a question about no-touch carwashes posed by a reader of the Toronto Star.

The Feb. 27 article included the association’s challenge to an earlier answer that told a reader to avoid touchless carwashes and warned high-pressure water would strip paint and rust from the metal.

Jorge de Mendonça, executive director of the Canadian Carwash Association, replied that carwash manufacturers work with all major automakers to ensure that the majority of vehicles can be professionally washed.

This process involves looking at things such as tire width, rims and trim as well as vehicle width and height. The groups also look at water pressure specifications.

Mendonça noted that in every type of wash situation, loose paint and rust are likely to be dislodged, and he included that washes today are designed to provide the most efficient wash possible without any damage to a vehicle.