The average cost of a car wash at your local car wash or gas station can cost around $8 for a basic wash, but if you want “the works” expect to pay as much as $28. And let’s get real, you want all the extras to keep your ride looking great and sparkling clean. Whether you wash your car every month or every few months, it can start to add up. Especially if you’re a weekly washer! That’s why washing your car at home is usually the better deal. Not only does it cost less, but you can also pay extra attention to cleaning the tires, removing bug splatter, wiping the windows, and any other details.