Three Gold-Plated L.A. Car Washes That Will Spoil Your Ride


Cheaper than tooth-whitening and quicker than a massage, a thorough detailing is a sensible way to reward yourself. There’s nothing like driving a clean ride, but not all car washes are created equal — especially in this city. Here’s where to go when you’re ready for a sparkling under-carriage:

Sunset Car Wash
7955 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles,
(323) 656-2777

Located on the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hayworth Avenue, Sunset Car Wash has served Hollywood elite for over three decades. Their menu ranges from a $14.99 standard wash to a $229.95 deluxe package, a thing they call “vehicular rejuvenation.” No matter what you choose, your wait will be a pleasant one: their main shop feels like a boutique, complete with a collection of Papyrus greeting cards, a wide selection of high-end votive candles, plush toys, and other assorted gifts (not to mention an ice cream freezer and a fridge filled with your favorite soft drinks). You can enjoy a snack in their shaded patio­­­­—and watch for celebrities—while expert detailers wax your car to perfection. Though the facility is luxurious and state-of-the-art, the real appeal of the Sunset Car Wash is its dedicated technicians and its friendly and professional employees.

Santa Palm Car Wash
8787 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
(310) 659-7888

Santa Palm Car Wash is a WeHo legend, but don’t let its old school feeling fool you: the place uses state-of-the-art techniques to keep its cars looking smooth (washes start at $14.99). Santa Palm’s main store also has a charming card selection along with all the car accessories you will ever need. One of its biggest attractions, however, is its perfect location. It’s situated in a enclave of shops and boutiques, and you can walk to errands done while your car gets pampered. Its neighbors include a brow threading studio, a high-end dry cleaner, and a sushi bar. This is the perfect spot for those on-the-go.

Studio City Hand Car Wash
11514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
(818) 980-8999

Studio City Hand Car Wash is an institution and not just because of its famous sign (which features a giant three-dimensional hand holding up a classic car). Located a stone’s throw from Universal Studios, the place has garnered recognition and respect from its community, which includes film and television’s elite. A hand-wash starts at $12 and can go beyond $125, like the six-step “Full Detail” with an interior shampoo and conditioner for the interior and exterior. Enjoy a cold drink while stargazing in a relaxing patio. SCHCW also holds community-wide events to raise money for local schools and environmental causes and helps host “The Greening of Studio City.” A car wash with heart; we like it.