Does a Clean Car Really Run Better? The Truth Revealed!

Dear Mike,

I’ve always been curious if a clean car actually runs better. Is there any truth to the rumors that a freshly washed car can go faster? Does dirt and grime really have an impact on the car’s performance? I’m hoping you can help me with this dilemma, as I want to make sure I’m getting the best possible performance out of my car.

Thanks for your help,


Dear Sylvester,

Thanks for reaching out with your question. This is a common inquiry that we receive at Urban Automotive, and I’m happy to shed some light on the topic. The short answer to your question is no, a clean car does not actually run faster. However, there are several other reasons why keeping your car clean is important.

As you mentioned, there is no scientific proof that a clean car runs better. Despite what some people might tell you, washing your car will not improve its performance on the road. However, there are a few non-performance related benefits to keeping your car clean.

First and foremost, having a clean car is good for your car’s overall condition and longevity. Dirt, grime, and other contaminants can accumulate on the surface of your car and cause damage over time. Regular washing helps to prevent this damage and keeps your car looking its best.

Additionally, a clean car can improve your safety on the road. When your windows, mirrors, and tires are clean, you have a clearer view of the road and can avoid potential hazards more easily.

Finally, a clean car can improve its resale value. If you’re planning on selling your car in the future, keeping it clean now can help to prevent rust, scratches, and other issues that can decrease its value.

So, while a clean car won’t necessarily make it go faster, there are plenty of other reasons to make washing it a part of your regular routine. As for how often you should wash your car, we recommend a weekly or bi-weekly wash to keep it looking its best.

Thanks for your question, Sylvester. I hope this information was helpful!

Best regards,
Mike Urban