Can a Pickup Truck Go Through an Automated Car Wash?

A pickup truck can go through an automated car wash, but it is important to take into account the size of the truck. A standard-sized pickup truck is typically suitable for most automated car washes, but a larger model may not fit in certain tunnels.

If the car wash you are using has an overhang, such as a self-serve bay with a high ceiling, then your pickup truck should be able to fit without any problems. However, if the car wash tunnel is particularly small then it may not be suitable for your truck.

It is also important to consider the height of your pickup truck when going through an automated car wash. Most standard-sized trucks will fit in most tunnels, but if your pickup truck has been modified or lifted then it may be too tall for some tunnels.

If this is the case then it is best to avoid taking your truck through an automated car wash as doing so could cause damage to both the vehicle and the machinery.

Another important factor to consider when taking your pickup truck through an automated car wash is its weight. Some machines are designed to handle vehicles up to a certain weight and if your pickup exceeds this then it could cause damage to either the vehicle or the machinery. It is also worth noting that some machines cannot handle off-road vehicles at all due to their increased weight.


In conclusion, a standard size pickup truck can go through an automated car wash without any issues as long as it fits within the tunnel and doesn’t exceed any weight restrictions set by the machine’s manufacturer. However, larger models or those that have been modified may not be suitable for certain types of automated car washes and therefore should be avoided.

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Susan Delgado