Car Wash in San Diego

Coronado Shell is the leading destination for car washing, fuel, convenience shopping, and automotive services in San Diego, California. Renowned for our friendly approach, top-notch automotive expertise, and unparalleled convenience, we are your ultimate one-stop solution. As a locally owned and operated business, we take immense pride in our fully licensed, bonded, and insured company. Our team includes only the most personable, skilled, and dedicated professionals, ensuring that every customer receives nothing short of excellence. Whether you’re in need of the very best car wash, professional car repairs, a quick snack, or affordable fuel, we invite you to experience firsthand what makes us stand out. Visit us today and discover the Coronado Shell difference!

All About Our Local Car Wash

Three Membership Tiers Cater to Your Needs

At Coronado Shell, we are here to serve you. We designed our drive-thru car wash with that goal in mind! Experience the ultimate car cleaning convenience at Coronado Shell’s renowned San Diego car wash. Whether you own a car, truck, van, or SUV, our facility is equipped to keep your vehicle sparkling with three comprehensive wash levels: Diamond, Gold, and Silver. Our in-car washing service offers an express and exterior cleanse where you can comfortably remain in your vehicle as it passes through our customer-in-car, conveyor-type car wash. Before entering the wash, take advantage of our self-serve vacuum stations to ensure a pristine interior. Opting for the Diamond or Gold wash means you won’t even need to lift a finger, as we include a thorough vacuuming service as part of these premium packages. At Coronado Shell, we prioritize both the cleanliness and convenience of your vehicle maintenance routine.

Diamond Membership – $13.99/Wash or $29.99/Month

Indulge your vehicle in the ultimate luxury treatment with our prestigious Diamond car wash package. This top-tier wash encompasses a comprehensive range of services to ensure your car doesn’t just look immaculate, but also maintains its shine and protection for longer than the typical car wash. With the Diamond wash, your vehicle receives a premium Lammscloth™ body wash, an application of Extreme Shine Wax for a glossy finish, a triple conditioner treatment for added smoothness, tire shine to enhance your wheels’ appearance, wheel cleaner for a thorough clean, a spot-free rinse for streak-free results, and a power dry to leave your car sparkling. As a bonus, we include a free vacuum service to ensure both the exterior and interior of your vehicle are in pristine condition. Elevate your car washing experience with our Diamond package, designed to exceed your expectations and keep your vehicle looking its best.

Gold Membership – $10.99/Wash or $21.99/Month

Transform your vehicle’s appearance without breaking the bank with our Gold car wash package. This budget-friendly option is designed to leave your car looking fantastic while still allowing you to treat yourself to a refreshing soda afterward. The Gold package includes a premium Lammscloth™ body wash to remove dirt and grime effectively, a triple conditioner treatment for a sleek and shiny finish, and a Velocity™ clear coat application to protect your vehicle’s paint and enhance its luster. Our spot-free rinse ensures a streak-free shine, and the power dry leaves your car gleaming. As an added bonus, we provide a complimentary vacuum service to keep the interior looking as good as the exterior. Discover the perfect balance of affordability and quality with our Gold car wash package, which leaves your car looking great at an affordable price.

Silver Membership – $8.99/Wash or $18.99/Month

For the budget-conscious driver who still desires a clean and polished vehicle, the streamlined Silver car wash package at Coronado Shell is the ideal choice. This package keeps simplicity and effectiveness at the forefront, offering essential services to keep your car looking its best at an unbeatable price point. The Silver package includes a thorough Lammscloth™ body wash to remove dirt and grime, a spot-free rinse for a streak-free finish, and a power dry to leave your car sparkling. We also provide a complimentary vacuum service to ensure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle receive the attention they deserve. Experience the perfect blend of affordability and quality with our Silver car wash package, tailored for the discerning driver who values a pristine vehicle without compromising their budget.

Premium Soaps Make All the Difference

We take pride in our premium soaps, which are each specially formulated to provide the ultimate cleaning experience for your vehicle. Our soaps are meticulously crafted with pH-balanced formulas, ensuring gentle, yet effective cleansing without causing any harm to your vehicle’s paint or finish. What makes our premium soaps special is their ability to create a thick, clinging foam that works tirelessly to lift dirt and contaminants away from your vehicle’s surface safely and efficiently. Whether you opt for our top-tier Diamond package with Extreme Shine Wax and Triple Conditioner, the Gold package featuring Lammscloth™ body wash, triple conditioner, and Velocity clear coat, or the budget-friendly Silver package with Lammscloth™ body wash, you can trust that our premium soaps will leave your vehicle looking immaculate.

Our Gentle Cleaning Process Sets Us Apart

Our car wash’s gentle cleaning technology ensures a uniquely thorough, yet safe cleaning experience for every vehicle.

This process involves several important, yet surprisingly quick steps, including:


The pre-rinse stage is a crucial step in our cleaning process that ensures optimal results for your vehicle. This step involves thoroughly rinsing the exterior of your car before the main wash begins. The pre-rinse is important because it helps to remove loose dirt, debris, and contaminants from the surface of your vehicle, making the subsequent washing stages more effective. By starting with a clean slate, our pre-rinse ensures that the soap and cleaning agents can penetrate more deeply and thoroughly, resulting in a more thorough and satisfying clean for your car, truck, van, or SUV. The pre-rinse also helps to prevent any potential scratching or damage to your vehicle’s paint by removing abrasive particles that could otherwise cause harm during the washing process.

Soap Application

We take great care in the soap application step, which is a pivotal stage in ensuring a thorough and effective cleaning for your vehicle. This step involves the application of specially formulated, top-of-the-line soaps and cleaning agents to the exterior of your car. The soap is applied using high-pressure nozzles that create a rich lather to help loosen and lift dirt, grime, and contaminants from the surface of your vehicle. This step prepares the surface for the next stages of the cleaning process, such as scrubbing and rinsing, by softening and encapsulating the dirt particles.

Soft Brushes

The soft brushes we use during the cleaning process provide a gentle, yet effective way to ensure a thorough and safe wash for your vehicle. This step involves the use of specially designed brushes made from soft materials to gently scrub and clean the exterior surfaces of your car. The gentle brushes are meticulously designed to minimize the risk of damaging your vehicle’s paint and finish while still effectively removing dirt, grime, and contaminants.

The use of soft brushes is important for several reasons. Firstly, they help to ensure a thorough clean by reaching into crevices and hard-to-reach areas that may be difficult to clean with other methods. The gentle nature of the brushes ensures that your car’s paint and finish remain in pristine condition, avoiding any unsightly scratches or swirl marks that can occur with harsher cleaning methods. Soft brushes also contribute to a smoother and more consistent cleaning process, allowing for a uniform and streak-free finish on your vehicle. No matter what type of car you drive, our soft brushes cater to all types of vehicles while providing a gentle and effective cleaning experience.

High-Pressure Rinse

The high-pressure rinse is a vital step in our meticulous cleaning process because it ensures a thorough and effective wash. This step involves the use of powerful jets of water at high pressure to rinse off the soap, dirt, and contaminants from the exterior surfaces of your car. The high-pressure rinse is crucial because it helps to remove any remaining residue and ensures a clean and pristine finish.

The high-pressure rinse helps to remove stubborn dirt, grime, and debris that may not have been completely eliminated during earlier stages of the wash. This ensures that your vehicle’s exterior is thoroughly cleaned. The high-pressure rinse also aids in the removal of all cleaning products, preventing streaks and water spots from forming on your car’s surface. The high-pressure rinse contributes to a faster and more efficient cleaning process, reducing the overall wash time while still delivering exceptional results. It also helps to prepare the surface for any additional treatments or protective coatings that may be applied during the final stages of the wash.

Air Dryers

We utilize advanced air dryers to ensure that your vehicle emerges from the wash with a spotless and streak-free finish. This step involves the use of powerful blowers that release high-velocity air to efficiently dry the exterior surfaces of your car, truck, van, or SUV. The air dryers are strategically positioned to target water droplets and moisture, then effectively remove them from every nook and cranny of your vehicle. The use of air dryers helps to prevent water spots and streaks from forming on your car’s surface, leaving behind a clean and polished appearance. This is particularly important for maintaining the visual appeal of your vehicle and ensuring a professional-looking finish. The air dryers help to speed up the drying process, reduce the overall wash time, and allow you to get back on the road with a dry and gleaming vehicle in no time.

The high-velocity air from our dryers also ensures that water is removed from hard-to-reach areas, such as side mirrors, door handles, and crevices, leaving no moisture behind. This not only enhances the overall cleanliness of your vehicle, but also helps to prevent potential water damage and corrosion over time. We prioritize the care and maintenance of your vehicle’s appearance, and our advanced air dryers ensure that your car looks its best after each wash, leaving you with a refreshed and rejuvenated vehicle that’s ready to hit the road.

Undercarriage Wash

Our car wash goes the extra mile by offering an undercarriage wash as a vital step in our comprehensive cleaning process. This step involves the use of specialized equipment and high-pressure jets of water to effectively clean the underside of your car, including the chassis, suspension components, and wheel wells. The undercarriage wash is crucial because it targets areas that are often overlooked, but can accumulate significant amounts of dirt, salt, and road grime – especially in areas with harsh weather conditions or rough terrain.

The undercarriage wash is important for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to remove corrosive substances that can accumulate under your vehicle. This helps to prevent rust and corrosion, ultimately extending the lifespan of your car’s components and maintaining its structural integrity. The undercarriage wash helps to remove dirt, mud, and debris that can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas, which reduces the risk of damage and improves overall vehicle performance. It also contributes to a cleaner and safer driving experience by removing potentially hazardous substances that can affect traction and stability. Finally, it helps to preserve the appearance of your vehicle so it can look its best from top to bottom.

Choosing our premier car wash at Coronado Shell means opting for unparalleled quality, reliability, and a steadfast commitment to preserving your vehicle’s appearance and value. Our dedication to excellence is evident in every aspect of our service, from our advanced air dryers to our specialized undercarriage wash. Our premium soaps also stand out as a testament to our commitment to using only the best products on the vehicles of our valued customers. Experience the difference with Coronado Shell and enjoy a cleaner, shinier, and more protected vehicle every time you visit us.

VIsit our San Diego drive-thru car wash today at 2485 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154, or give us a call at (619) 429-1616!