Get Your Car in Shape for Fall

You may be ready for high school football games, fall festivals in downtown Woodstock, and tailgates at KSU, but is your car ready to take you there? Many car owners put off auto maintenance until winter, but don’t ignore preventative car care. Autumn auto care keeps your family safe and your car running smoothly.

5 Fall Car Maintenance Tips

  1. auto mechanicCheck your tire pressure. With temperatures going haywire, tires expand and contract, which may result in partially deflated tires. Check your car for proper inflation and good tread, especially if you’re hitting the road for an away game.
  2. Pay attention. Driving in the fall presents a series of new challenges. Falling leaves can limit visibility, and leaves on the road limit tire traction, especially when those leaves are wet. Combine slippery roads with an earlier sunset, and you have a recipe for disaster for distracted drivers.
  3. Watch for wildlife. Not only is it more difficult to see wildlife during wet or foggy weather, deer become more active in the fall. Warn your teen drivers to pay extra close attention when driving back roads this autumn.
  4. Stick to a schedule. In August, families dive into “back to school” mode, helping them stay on track for carpools and commutes. But as September leads into October, it’s easy to get off track in the morning, leading to rushed commutes. Sidestep dangerous driving by sticking to a morning schedule.
  5. Book a wash and wax. Fall is full of organic debris that can damage your car’s paint. The best way to protect your exterior from lasting leaf prints is to invest in a professional auto wax.

Can’t find the time for a quick wash between school, work, and kids’ sports practice? Booking a carwash is easier than ever. Schedule an appointment online before you visit. Once you’re here, you can grab your tablet, hook up to our free wifi, and put those thirty minutes between grocery shopping and soccer practice to good use.

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How to Pet-Proof Your Car

dog by ferarriWhat’s the fastest way to dirty your car? Love your dogs! Favorite pets leave hairballs, slobber, snot, and who knows what else on the inside of their owners’ cars. But for most pet owners, leaving the loveable scamps at home isn’t a better option. So what to do?

How to Pet-Proof Your Car

  1. Deep clean. Before pet-proofing your car, take it to your Woodstock carwash for a full interior wash. That way you won’t trap dirt, debris, and fur when you take preventative pet measures.
  2. Buy sturdy floor mats. Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail stocks heavy vinyl, weather-proof floor mats. They’re great for adventurers, construction workers, and pet owners alike. Floor mats will protect your carpet from dirt, fur, and unexpected messes in the backseat.
  3. Seal the seats. Instead of scrubbing out slobber every day, create a barrier between your dog and your seats with a fabric sealer. Trust us, it’ll make cleanup a whole lot easier.
  4. Consider seat covers. Seat covers get a bad rap (we’ve seen some truly hideous designs), but not all seat covers are made alike. Protect your upholstery with a tasteful, machine washable cloth seat cover.
  5. Coat the windows. Does your pup love to press his nose against the window? He’s leaving behind snot, spit, and other contaminates that dull the window’s shine. Invest in a temporary or permanent glass coating and stop sweating your dog’s love of the open road.
  6. Crack the windows. Sometimes a joyride is the most dangerous thing a dog can do. A few minutes in a hot car can quickly turn deadly for your beloved pet. Keep the windows cracked, but know it’s not enough. Never leave your dog in the car when shopping, eating, or running errands that will take more than five minutes.

Ready to get started? Schedule an auto detail at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to prep your car for pet-proofing.

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Keep Your Car Clutter Free

School is back in session, leaving parents in Woodstock with hectic mornings, longer commutes, and afternoons spent sitting in car line. It also means a new kind of mess for parents’ cars. As we move from the season of musty towels to broken pens, here are a few tips to keeping cars clean during the school year.

Back to School Car Cleaning Tips

  1. girl doing homework in carLay down the law. Want to avoid markers under the seat, forgotten backpacks, and homework in the car? Make clear rules at the beginning of the year (and stick to them!). Avoid a messy car by making the kids wait for home before unloading their backpacks. Put backpacks and lunchboxes in the trunk to avoid en route catastrophes like spilled snacks and dropped supplies.
  2. Carpool. More kids, more mess, right? Not necessarily. By switching off mornings, weeks, or special trips with another parent, you give yourself time to cleanup between trips with the kids. And the sooner you mop up a spill, the better your car will look. Bonus: carpooling is a major gas saver.
  3. Think like a parent. Are you missing major signs of a messy car? Crumbs between the seats aren’t the only mess parents worry about. Make sure to wash footprints off the back of the seat, art off the windows, and sticky spills out of cupholders on your next between carwash touch up. Keep wet wipes in the glove compartment to attack spills right when they happen. And don’t forget to keep a few plastic bags handy for unexpected trash.
  4. Visit Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail. We know you don’t have time to deep clean your car each week. Visit your Woodstock carwash and take care of emails, phone calls, or writing your grocery list in our comfortable, climate controlled waiting room. We’ll return your car streak, dirt, and crumb-free!

Get a cleaner car on your terms! Schedule your carwash online and stop worrying about the wait.

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3 Things to Do Between Each Carwash

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get driving away from Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, watching the sunlight reflect off your hood as you breathe in the fresh scent of a clean interior. Unfortunately, that freshly cleaned feeling doesn’t last forever. What do you do when your car is not quite clean, not quite dirty? Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail has 3 ways to keep your car fresh between washes.

3 Things to Do Between Carwashes

  1. clean car interiorSpot clean. Got crumbs on the seat? Bird spots on the window? Dust on the dashboard? Keep your car from looking dingy by taking care of the little details that build up between carwashes. Keep baby wipes, a microfiber cloth, and a gentle spot cleaner in the center console for those moments you need a quick clean.
  2. Clean out the seats. No matter how clean your car is, it won’t impress if it’s messy. If you want to make your car look cleaner, pick up trash, toys, and abandoned pool towels from the seats, under the seats, and from the trunk space.
  3. Go on an adventure. Don’t let your love for your car fizzle out on an endless series of commutes. Revitalize your adventuring spirit by strapping in with your favorite people and heading off into the sunset. A few ideas: head into the North Georgia mountains, explore the restaurants in downtown Woodstock, or head into Atlanta for a summer concert in the park.

Ready for another wash? Swing by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quick wash or book your auto detail online.

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The Most Important Lessons We Learn from our Dads

When we asked our Facebook followers who taught them how to drive, father figures won by a landslide. Most of us remember sliding behind the wheel for the first time, hands trembling with nervousness or excitement, as our dads calmly said, “Seatbelt on. Adjust your mirrors. Seat alright? Let’s go.”

This Father’s Day we honor the men who taught us valuable life skills like transitioning lanes without hurting anyone and how to change a flat tire. Here are just a few of the useful (well, most of them) skills dads teach kids about cars.

5 Lessons Fathers Should Teach their Kids about Cars

  1. baby reaching for steering wheelHow to stand their ground. No, we’re not talking about playing chicken (protip: don’t). We are talking about knowing what’s what when you roll into the parking lot. Whether you’re buying a new car, new tires, or just a new wax job, it’s dad’s job to make sure you know what’s a fair price, how to haggle, and how to avoid being taken for a ride.
  2. How to change a tire. Remember that commercial with the teen changing a tire in the rain? When her dad wouldn’t answer the phone and it turned out he was watching from afar? Well, it warmed our hearts. Flat tires are one of the most common maintenance issues a car can have. Dads, make sure your kids know how to change a flat (and find the spare in the trunk) before handing over the keys.
  3. How to parallel park. You may not be ready to send your kids into the city for a concert at Centennial Park, but you can’t live in a metro area without mastering the art of parallel parking.
  4. What to do in an emergency situation. That could mean a flashing light on the dash, flashing lights in the rearview mirror, or turning on the flashers after a fender bender. Trust us, when dads teach their kids to keep a cool head in an emergency, the lessons stay with them.
  5. How to maintain a car. It’s easy for teen drivers to develop a “dad will take care of it” mentality. Teach your kids basic car maintenance, the importance of regular auto service, and how to keep cars clean, inside and out. It’s the way to a long life (for your kids and their cars).

Show your kids the importance of a good carwash. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a bi-monthly wash, seasonal wax, or semi-annual auto detail.

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What to Expect at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail

Towne Lake's Car Wash and Detail's Entrance to our waiting room

Are you new to Woodstock, relocating to Towne Lake, or perhaps hunting for a more reliable carwash service? Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail has won the hearts of thousands of Towne Lake’s residents with our comfortable waiting room, community-focus, and unsurpassed eye for detail when cleaning and waxing cars in Woodstock. Here’s what to expect when you visit our carwash.

Menu of Services

Did you know that getting a professional carwash conserves water, reduces stress, and extend the life of your vehicle? We have a full menu of carwash services customized for any type of vehicle. Choose an Exterior Hand Dry to remove organic residue, an interior wash (Super, Carpet Express, or Ultimate) to clean dirt off your seats, an auto wax to protect your car’s finish for the upcoming season, or a little bit of everything.

Book a Carwash Before You Come

Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail makes booking an appointment easier than ever. Simply reserve your slot and arrive on time! We’ll even donate $2 of your carwash service to the community group of your choice at no extra cost to you. Just pick a time and wait to see that shine!

FAQ

  • How long does a carwash take? A quick wash takes 20-30 minutes (times may vary based on car size and how long it’s been since your last wash). Small auto details take roughly 45 minutes, and you should set aside 2-3 hours for a full auto detail.
  • What do I do if it rains? We offer a complimentary rain check for 72 hours after your carwash. If the skies open up, simply wait for the sun and we’ll give you a free touch up service.
  • Do you close due to weather? We do close our carwash if the weather interferes with our ability to wash and wax your car. If the temperature drops below freezing or we get precipitation, Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail will close.

Stop feeling embarrassed about the state of your car. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quick, easy clean and shine.

Tips for a Greener Home Carwash

The weather’s heating up, and with the spring heat comes a season of gleaming car exteriors and finely detailed interiors. But before you join the ranks of neighbors washing cars in their driveways, answer this: Did you know that washing your car at home wastes around 90 gallons of water per wash?

home water runoffMany people would be shocked to discover that their “eco-friendly” home option isn’t so eco-friendly after all. DIY carwashes waste more water to get cars less clean than at a commercial carwash. If a DIY carwash is your only option, here are a few suggestions to limit the ecological impact.

3 Tips for a Greener Home Carwash

  1. Go green. Limit water runoff by washing your car in the grass instead of on the driveway. If the water from your driveway runs off into the garden instead of a street drain, it’s ok to wash your car on the pavement.
  2. Get messy. Before breaking out the soap and buckets, use specialty cleaners to scrub bugs off the grill, remove bird dropping from the windshield, and get sap residue off your car.
  3. Go natural. Feeling guilty about all that wasted water? Use organic cleaning solutions, whether you snag them from the most expensive aisle at the organic grocery store or mix them in your own kitchen.

Professional carwashes have mastered the science of water conservation. At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we capture runoff water from carwashes, store it, transfer it to a purification facility to filter out dirt and contaminates, and recycle it for reuse. If we can save almost 100 gallons of water per carwash, imagine how much water we conserve in a year! For an easy, earth-friendly carwash option, schedule an appointment at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

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Everything You Need to Know about Carwash Fundraisers

Carwash fundraisers epitomize the phrase “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” Schools, churches, and community organizations spend months planning every last detail, only to watch everything go down the drain. Parking disasters, insufficient supplies, and impromptu water fights are only a few of the trials most DIY carwashes face. But there’s no denying they’re a great way to earn cash for your organization.

What to do?

Carwash Fundraiser Partnerships

cheerleader carwash fundraiserThe problem with most carwash fundraisers isn’t in idea, but execution. Soap, buckets, and wash rags don’t equip kids to give cars that professional, fresh-off-the-lot shine. Home carwashes waste over 90 gallons of water per wash; carwash fundraisers, if anything, waste more water than home washes. But there is a way to clean cars, raise funds, and minimize water use: partner with a professional carwash service.

At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we clean, polish, and hand detail cars like we were born to. We collect discarded water and treat it for reuse, significantly reducing water waste for each carwash. We’re also committed to bettering the Woodstock community. Over the last five years, we’ve donated countless dollars to local organizations through fundraiser partnerships and our Community Returns Program. In fact, when you book a carwash online, $2 of the profits goes to the community program of your choice. We’re proud to support the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, Cherokee County Humane Society, Etowah High School Band, Little Greens, and Kleven Boston Elementary PTA, in addition to other public organizations, private groups, and families in need.

Want to learn more about partnering for fundraisers with a professional carwash? Call Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

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Staying Safe on the Streets

Summer is just around the corner, and school kids aren’t the only ones anticipating the vacation. Commuters everywhere rejoice the 10 minutes that will soon be shaved off their morning commute. But summer also means long road trips, insane heat, and one too many items on your weekly to-do list. And sometimes a missed car checkup or too-hot afternoon can mean a breakdown on the side of the road.

How to Prevent a Car Breakdown

Woodstock drivers can minimize the risk of a car breakdown with these basic car maintenance tips:

  • Schedule car maintenance visits at least twice a year
  • Make a habit of checking basic car functionality (tires, lights, fluids, and windshield wipers) at home
  • Make sure you know what your vehicle’s dashboard alerts mean
  • Always keep a spare phone charger and list of emergency phone numbers in your car
  • Pack a stocked emergency roadside kit (including flares, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and water) in the trunk

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down

If you’re stuck on 575 (or, yikes! 285) when your car breaks down, it’s good to know how to handle the situation.

  • car trouble at nightRemain alert. Assess the situation, monitor nearby vehicles, and determine how quickly you need to get off the road. If possible, find a safe place to pull onto the shoulder. If your car has limited functionality, turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers.
  • Take precautions. Once you’re safely pulled over, turn on emergency flashers if you’ve not already done so. Raise your hood to indicate maintenance issues to other drivers. If you have a bright colored or white cloth on hand, tie it somewhere visible on your car’s exterior. Take care when exiting the vehicle; other drivers will be moving at a high rate of speed and may not be paying close attention.
  • Wait for assistance. Call emergency services and notify them of your breakdown. Even if you believe you’ve fixed the problem, wait for law enforcement or roadside assistance to arrive before reentering traffic. If a friendly motorist offers assistance, ask them to show identification as a precaution. If you leave your vehicle for any reason, leave a note in the car stating where you’re going, who you’re with, and when you hope to return to your vehicle.

Stopping by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for your seasonal auto wax? Check out the “just in case” gear in our auto accessory shop. Stay safe, Woodstock!

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There’s No Such Thing as a Free Carwash

It’s easy to convince yourself that a heavy rainfall is essentially a free carwash. After all, rain storms are free, eco-friendly, and don’t involve manual labor. Unfortunately, that mindset is false. Rain doesn’t just not clean your car, it usually makes it dirtier. Over time, rain deteriorates the protective coating on your paint, making your car look dirty, dingy, and worn. A good carwash restores that freshly manufactured aesthetic, removing dirt and contaminates and extending the life of your car.

How Rain Damages Cars

rain spots on sports carRain does one thing and one thing only: wet your car. Choosing a “rain carwash” instead of a professional carwash service removes the proactive elements of cleaning your car: using cleaning solutions, paying special attention to problem areas, drying water spots off the car, and adding a protective wax sealant. In addition to being a subpar way to wash cars, rainwater carries contaminants, especially so close to a major city like Atlanta. Rain collects dust and dirt, road residue like oil and automotive chemicals, and other contaminants that damage car paint. It may not look like it, but your car is actually less clean after a sudden storm.

A Cleaner Alternative

Instead of taking the easy way out, choose another simple alternative: Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail. We’re a quick service carwash in Woodstock that offers a full range of services with no extra effort. Sit in our cozy waiting room while your automobile gets a 15 minute quick wash. Want to protect your car from future rainstorms? Get a full service carwash and auto wax. We offer a 72 hour rain check on all carwashes, so you can guarantee a clean car no matter what the forecast predicts.

Treat yourself to a car that looks great, even years after you drive it off the lot. Keep your car clean and protected with regular carwashes in Towne Lake.

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