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I personally don't use automatic/drive thru car washes. They don't do a particularlrly brilliant job and scratch your paintwork. The ones I have seen also cost a fortune.
Some people use them often and say the paint work is fine. Depends on how you want to look after your car really, if its a company car you probably wouldn't be that bothered.
Using it every so often would probably be ok, but don't use it every week or you might as well use a brillo pad to wash your car. The fine scratches will only show up in bright sunlight (or at least show up most).
You can't beat actually washing the car yourself with a bucket,sponge ( a wash mitt is even better, to avoid scratches) & hose or pressure washer. It probably doesn't take much longer either, unless you just pop in to the car wash on your way past,rather than make a special trip.
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2010 Laguna III SportTourer Initiale Tom Tom.