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Vacuuming the carpets, surfaces, and seats of our vehicles should be part of our regular cleaning, especially since it’s the only effective way of getting rid of dust and dirt. If you let dust accumulate, the chances of mold growth increase. If you’re healthy, molds can cause allergic reactions and lead to a whole set of health issues. If you have allergies, molds can be life-threatening.
Of course, molds also reduce the lifespan of your vehicle and significantly bring down its resale value.
If it’s time for your vehicle’s scheduled vacuuming, or someone spilled food accidentally, read on to learn which places to look with free vacuum facilities:
Paid and Free Car Vacuum Near Me
As a consumer, we LOVE getting things for free and car vacuum facilities aren’t any different. But you do have to understand the following things before finding any free vacuum near me (or you):
- You’ll find free vacuums at two places: car washes and gas stations.
- Free vacuums often draw massive traffic, so you should expect to line up if you’re located in a busy city.
- Some car wash companies give free car vacuum options as complimentary of a paid car wash. (It can be argued that some companies actually add the cost of this service to the paid car wash fee, but any freebie is appreciated in my book.)
- Most free car vacuums are self-service, so you still have to do the vacuuming. It’s just the tools are readily available for you to use.
- There are locations that aren’t self-service, so accommodate the crew who’s assigned to vacuum your vehicle. Some car wash places only offer free vacuuming by the driver’s seat (and not the entire vehicle), while others truly provide free vacuuming for the entire vehicle. There is no law about this and what kind of free vacuuming you get will depend on the car wash or gas station you chose to visit.
- If you want to vacuum your car at night, your best bet is to find a gas station with 24/7 coin-operated car vacuums. These are paid and programmed to let you use them for a specific amount of time (like 5 minutes or 10 minutes), but it’s better than nothing, right?
Paid vacuum facilities at gas stations and national chains like 7-Eleven range between 75 cents and $2, depending on the price and time limits set by that particular branch.
How to Find Places with Free Car Vacuum Facilities
How do you know which gas station and car wash offer free vacuum facilities near you? Here are 5 methods you can check:
1. Gasoline Stations
Gas stations are required by law to provide free water, compressed air, and a gauge for measuring air pressure. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for vacuum facilities, which is why most gasoline stations that offer vacuuming facilities to their customers only do so if they also offer car wash services. The keyword here is “most,” so don’t expect all gas stations with a car wash to have vacuums as well.
The ones that do have vacuum facilities usually offer them for a small fee. For example:
- ARCO ($0.75/2 minutes)
- BP ($1 to $2 per 2 to 3 minutes)
- Chevron ($1/5 minutes)
- Citgo ($1/3 to 5 minutes)
- Phillips 66 ($0.75 per 3 to 5 minutes)
Smaller gas stations usually have free car vacuums as a way to compete with bigger national gas station brands. If you live near an independently-operated fuel center or a national gas station owned by a franchisee, I’d recommend checking them out to see if they have vacuum facilities for free after filling up gas.
Don’t waste your time checking Wawa, Valero, Sunoco, Shell, Speedway, Mobil, QuikTrip, and Marathon because these gas stations DO NOT offer free car vacuum near you or me.
2. Car wash
Because car wash companies are mostly independently owned, you’ll have better luck finding free vacuuming facilities here than gas stations. Here are some you should check out:
- Auto Spa LA – 4 of its 7 Louisiana locations offer free vacuum facilities if you get your car washed there.
- Breeze Thru Car Wash – All of its 12 locations around Wyoming and Northern Colorado offer free car vacuum.
- Car Wash USA Express – If you get your car washed at any of the 50+ locations in Tennessee, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, you can take advantage of their free, mega horsepower vacuums with towels and window spray.
- Flash Car Wash – All locations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Florida have self-service vacuums available.
- Go Car Wash – This car wash chain has free vacuums available at all locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Texas, and Virginia.
- Pete’s Express Car Wash – This Pennsylvania car wash chain gives free vacuuming service to anyone who gets their car washed in any of its 5 locations.
- Quality Car Wash – Quality Car Wash has several Michigan locations – all of which have a gas station, car wash, and free vacuums for customers. Some even have a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop branch!
- Quick Quack Car Wash – If you live in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas and Utah, you’re lucky because this car wash chain has 140 locations that offer self-serve vacuums. It’s free if you paid for any car wash package, or you can pay $1 to use it without getting your car washed.
- Raceway Carwash – The company’s 35 locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas have free, self-service vacuums available.
- Tidal Wave Auto Spa – If you get your car washed in any of its locations, you can use the free vacuum facilities as well. You can find Tidal Wave Auto Spa in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.
- Tommy’s Express Car Wash – All the company-owned locations of Tommys in 30 states offer free vacuums. Tommy’s also recommends its franchisees offer free vacuuming to its customers as an effective marketing promo. Tommy’s Express Car Wash is found in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- Wash’ N GO – This San Diego, California-based car wash chain has 5 locations in San Diego, all of which offer free access to their vacuum systems to customers.
3. Convenient Stores
When it comes to national chains with fuel stations, you’ll notice that locations that are franchised have their own promotions which could also mean they have control over whether to offer vacuum facilities or not.
Check if you live near the following convenient stores with gas stations:
- Kwik Trip – Branches located off major highway exits operate as full-service truck stops with dual-pump fuel islands and usually also offer self-service vacuuming facilities for $2 per 3 to 5 minutes. Kwik Trip is a private company (no franchising available) so you can only get free vacuuming if promos are available.
- 7-Eleven – $2 for 2 minutes for national chains. Only franchised locations may offer free vacuum facilities.
4. Google Maps
A shortcut to your research is to use Google Maps and enter the search term “free car vacuum near me.”
- You need to do a bit of tweaking to find your location by moving the map to your location.
- You can also add your specific location to the search term, such as “free car vacuum near me Sacramento, California” and adjust the map from there.
You will then be shown several businesses pinned on the map. Click one of them to see service details, opening hours, contact information, customer reviews, and other useful information. If you’re lucky, you can see pictures of vacuuming facilities and feedback in the review section. If you don’t see any info about vacuuming, call the number to confirm instead.
5. Yelp and Other Directories
This car wash directory can help you find car washes near you, but only a few of the listings actually state that they have free vacuum facilities available at their locations.
In Yelp, search for “free vacuum” and enter your location. This site/app gives more up-to-date information about each of the establishments listed because Yelp is customer-driven, so all the reviews there are written by customers and would give you a clue if they had experience vacuuming at a particular location or not.
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