Frequently Asked Questions

About Uptown Carwash

Freqently asked questions about Uptown Carwash in San Diego

We are Monday - Saturday 8am - 5pm Sunday 9am - 5pm.

Yes. Our exterior car wash is a state-of-the art touchless drive-through that incorporates hand-prep and hand-drying. We only use top-quality products that are safe for your car and for the environment.

Yes, the interior cleaning service in our car wash packages covers washing the interior windows, vacuuming the seats and carpets, and wiping down the dashboard. In our detailing services we offer seat and carpet shampooing as well as complete interior deep-cleaning services.

Yes, in our detailing services we offer seat and carpet shampooing. We work on all types of car interiors, from cloth to premium leather.

The exterior carwash takes roughly 5 minutes to complete, interior cleaning takes about 15 minutes, and detailing can take a few hours depending on the services you've requested.

No! Stop by any time and our team can help you in the traditional way. We highly recommend downloading our app to take advantage of loyalty reward discounts as well as referral bonuses!

Yes, we have four unlimited wash plans available through our Uptown Wash Club. Stop by up to once per day for one low fee each month. The Uptown Wash Club is the most cost-effective way to save money while keeping your car looking great!

Yes! All of our exterior wash packages are available as a-la-carte purchases. You can purchase a single car wash when you arrive or ahead of time in our app.

We clean all types of vehicles, from small vehicle's to large trucks and RVs. Feel free to give us a call at (619) 297-9274 if you'd like to check if we can wash your vehicle!

No! Drop by anytime and our team will get to work on your vehicle.

We are conveniently located in Hillcrest near University Heights. There are numerous shops and local eateries within a short walk of the wash!


Product & Equipment Questions

Frequently asked questions about Uptown Carwash's touchless car wash equipment and auto detailing products

Yes, our touchless wash uses high-pressure water mixed with environmentally-friendly detergents to clean your car.

Yes. At Uptown Car Wash we manage water usage, collect and treat waste water, and utilize water recycling technologies to keep cars and the environment clean.

Driveway and DIY car washes can waste a surprising amount of water that ends up polluting beaches, lakes, rivers and streams as runoff water containing harmful chemicals enters our local waterways through storm drains.

Tri-color foaming polish/conditioner, prepared with a mixture of premium modern proactive polymers (plastic-like coating material) that directly bond to your car’s finish which generates a hard, reflective layer of protection and shine.

Our premier clear coat sealant is a long-lasting repellent that provides an additional layer of UV “sunscreen” and water-resistant protection against the elements

Wheel Bright is an acid replacement technology which utilizes low PH organic salt designed to replace traditional hazardous materials like hydrofluoric acid and sulfuric acid.

Wheel Brite is specifically formulated for use as an aluminum cleaner and brightener. It leaves your vehicles rims looking great!

Tire dressing helps to prevent cracking, fading, and hardening of your tires. Also, tire dressing helps revitalize rubber while leaving a rich shine.

Ceramic wax is a chemical polymer designed to bond with the clear coat of your vehicle. This creates a protective layer that sits between your car's paint and the dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can cause damage.

Carnauba wax (Copernicia cerifera) is a natural wax made from the leaves of the Brazilian wax palm tree and is the hardest natural wax known to man.

In addition to protecting your vehicle's paint from environmental debris, Carnauba wax improves the water wicking ability of your car and produces a long-lasting glossy shine.

Auto Detailing Clay bars are used to remove contaminants from the surface of your car's paint, glass, fiberglass and metal. Detailing clay can be natural or synthetic and is an engineered resin compound.

The heavy clay service is used to extract filth and removes intense embedded grime and debris when all other clay bars fail to restore a smooth finish.

Dual action polishers will improve the texture and luster of car paint and they are excellent for swirl removal, polishing, and waxing.


Car Cleaning Tips & Tricks

We often get questions about the best techniques and products to keep cars looking great. We've answered some of our most answered questions here, however we always recommend bringing it to a professional car detailer like Uptown to avoid mistakes and accidents that could damage your vehicle.

Frequently asked questions about DIY car washes and auto detailing for all vehicles

Generally, it's important to wash your car at least once a week. Some people will do it more frequently. Additionally, irregular dirt such as road salt and bug guts require immediate attention to prevent paint or metal damage.

Regularly waxing your car is the best way to protect your car paint. Wax can help shield its paint from damage. Wax will also create a barrier between the paint and the environment, protecting your vehicle’s paint from the sun’s damaging rays during the summer. Waxing your car can also help shield against harsh weather when winter rolls around.

For maximum benefits, it’s recommended that you wax your car every three months.

Make sure to wash your car thoroughly, removing contaminants, including dirt, tar, and bugs, before waxing.

After the car is thoroughly washed, dry it completely, then you can begin to wax the car. When you apply the wax, we recommend applying a nickel-sized blob of wax for a 2 feet by 2 feet section. Apply the wax before it dries by moving in small circling motions. Work your way around the entire exterior of your vehicle with wax until it is completely covered. Remove the wax by using a dry microfiber towel.

First wash the cloudy headlight with soapy water, then rinse with clear water and let it dry. Wet one corner of a flannel cloth with a polishing compound. Using firm pressure, polish the headlight in a circular pattern until it becomes smooth and clear. Never clean clear plastic with wax, polish or any chemical that's not formulated for the task.

Turn a hair dryer on full blast, and hold it six inches away from sticker, and heat the entire sticker up evenly. Then, using a credit card or your fingernail, lift up one corner of the sticker and slowly start peeling it back.

The sooner you are able to start cleaning a stain, the more likely you will be able to lift the stain from your carpet. There are many different tips for removing stains, but baking soda and water can surely help, followed by rinsing with cool water and blotting the area dry with a towel.

Try to use nontoxic, natural cleaning products whenever possible like vinegar, lemon, club soda, and dish soap. Keep a bottle in the back of your car and you can immediately get rid of any new stains.

If you are able to crack open a window, this helps equalize the air pressure within your vehicle, which will also keep the interior temperature lower so that your leather seats are not exposed to as much heat.

You should also vacuum the seats on a regular basis and wipe them down with a damp towel or use a professional-grade cleaner specifically designed for leather car seats.

  1. Start with a soapy solution using a lambswool mitt and wipe the hubcaps.
  2. Mix baking soda, dish soap, and warm water for an easy DIY tire cleaner that you can make for practically nothing with items in your pantry.
  3. Scrub the hubcap's crevices with a soft-bristled brush to dislodge accumulated grime.
  4. Make sure to spray behind the hubcap to wash away hidden debris and dirt.
  5. Rinse the hubcap with clean water to rinse away soap and loose debris.

Get the Uptown App

Download our mobile app and unlock:
  • Access to the Uptown Wash Club, the most cost effective way to keep your vehicle clean.
  • Earn Loyalty Reward Points for every purchase. Redeem points for free car washes or car detailing services.
  • No contact payment and check-in for monthly carwash subscriptions and single carwash purchases.
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  • Earn FREE car washes through our referral rewards program! Introduce a friend to Uptown to take part. You'll receive your credit when they enter your referral code in-app and make their first purchase.
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What people are saying about us

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Best car wash I've ever been to! They definitely take their time and do an awesome job. My car hadn't looked this good since I bought it! Ha. And to top it off their customer service is the best!”

Mabel T.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I'm super picky with my car, but I'm happy I found this car wash place! Literally the only place I will go and get my car washed if I can't wash it myself. Definitely recommend, and at a good price!”

Lauren S.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Everyone was very nice and the quality of their work was top notch. My headlights were looking ragged before so they did a special treatment that made them look bright and clean. Overall, great experience.”

Daniel H.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Great car wash and super nice staff! They clean both the exterior and interior, or you can get the exterior only. My car looked beautiful afterward and the staff wanted to make sure I was pleased. I really appreciated that.”

Beth G.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I went on a walk around Hillcrest and by the time I came back my car was sparkling! Wow that wax did wonders! They scrubbed the metal parts of my tires that never seem to get done elsewhere, and it made all the difference.”

Taylor H.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“A few of my family members goes to ONLY Uptown to get their cars washed. When I drive down I take my car there every time to get it washed before driving back home to LA. They are quick and my car is always sparkling when I leave there.”

Malisa Mapu

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I love this place. It's busy but organized with plenty of places to wait for your car. They're efficient and thorough with the detail and give you the opportunity to take a look around after they're done to make sure it's up to your standards.”

Andrea Bartel

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Amazing service!! There was only 20 minutes until close and they still made sure my interior and exterior got spotless. Quick service, very affordable, great location, extremely friendly customer service, and clean environment. I highly recommend!!”

Alisha L.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Hands down the best place for a car wash. I never had any complaints about this place. I've been going here for few years. The do really good job. The price is great. Very friendly staff, they always have good special for full detail.”

Yonas T.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I've been coming here for 3years, even when I moved I still go out of my way to come here. The service is always great and the people are friendly. They always seem to have your best interest in mind and you can tell they are sincere.”

Brittney L.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“This is the best car wash that you can get for the price hands-down. They are super fast, super efficient, and very friendly. In a place like San Diego do you need to wash your car every few days, and especially after going to the desert...”

Chris K.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Great service, fair prices, and an awesome looking car. I asked them to do a wash, vacuum, and complete wipe down of the inside of my car and it looks great! I normally find something that was missed with other car washes but this place is solid. I will definitely be back.”

Elizabeth C.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“This car wash is worth the drive from La Mesa. I had been going to a great hand wash place in El Cajon, but it was getting pricey. A friend recommended Uptown Car Wash and I have been coming here ever since! Prices are very reasonable and they take their time cleaning and drying my car.”

Diana H.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“Love this car wash. They are quick and do a great job. I never have to wait very long at all. They move everything through very fast but still do a fantastic job. I love the fact that they have a car wash club. You get a monthly plan and get as many car washes for that fee.”

John Travis Hale

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“First time coming here and I loved it! My car was so dirty before this and they truly did an amazing job. Plus they were fast! I like how you stay in the car for the first part of the washing and then sit to the side if you opt for an interior clean. This is now my go to for car washing!”

Taylor Brown

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I just picked up my 2009 Ford Ranger pick up from a full detail job at Uptown Car Wash. My truck was filthy inside and out. In a matter of 4 hours my truck came back looking like it was brand new. The vehicle lives outside and and it now looks like it's always been garaged. They did a really great job.”

Randall S.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I recommend this car wash place to everyone. It's my favorite. I have been going here 3 years and can proudly say that this place goes above and beyond for their customers. They are genuine, quick, detail oriented and friendly. If you want excellent service, stop by here. Even when it is busy, they hustle without missing a spot.”

Kaia R.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“This car wash is the best! When I travel down to San Diego on business I drive my own car, so I get a wash occasionally and this place does a great job! They're quick, nice staff, & understand that I need a speedy turnaround since I'm getting it washed between meetings. I highly recommend this wash & the owner, Dave, is a great guy!!”

Michael M.

a quotation from a customer of Uptown's car wash or vehicle detailing services

“I've been here three times now and they've always done a remarkable job cleaning my car. I drive for Lyft full time and I had drunk passengers spill Mexican food in my car. They took only 30 minutes to make my car look brand new again! I knew that there was a reason why I kept coming back here. Nice job guys, and Thank You. I appreciate the fine job you consistently do!”

Anthony H.

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Business Hours:

Monday-Sat 8am to 5pm

Sunday 9am to 5pm