That definitely did not suck

Unfortunately, I’m talking about the vacuum cleaner I just used at the gas station.

I’m slightly OCD about the cleanliness of the inside of my vehicle. Since I go off-road for work and recreation on a regular basis, it’s not economical to get the Jeep professionally cleaned any time it gets grubby, so I resort to using the vacuums at gas stations and do-it-yourself car washes.

Here’s a quick list of some good & bad car washes and vacuums:

BAD VACUUMS — don’t waste your time or money:
76 at the corner of Fair Oaks and Watt
Shell on Florin between Land Park and Freeport

GOOD VACUUMS
Car wash on Freeport near Executive Airport
Car wash on Freeport across from Freeport Bakery
Car wash on Folsom Blvd near Jackson Highway

BAD CAR WASHES — you’ll still have spots (I guess “touch free” means that it doesn’t touch the dirt either)
76 at the corner of Fair Oaks and Watt
Shell on Arden near El Torito across from the mall

GOOD AUTOMATIC CAR WASH — warning, this is not a “touch free” wash, but the “touch free” also doesn’t get your car clean
Shell at Watt & Fair Oaks — it doesn’t have the pretty three-color foam that smells like bubblegum like at the 76 station across the street, but at least it does the job

GOOD DO-IT-YOURSELF WASH
Freeport across from Executive Airport
Freeport across from Freeport Bakery

BAD GOOD DO-IT-YOURSELF WASH

Marconi & Eastern — it seems like it’s dirty water coming out of the hose

Here’s a tip for anyone who goes downtown on a regular basis AND frequents car washes: Even if you have enough quarters to get your car clean, go ahead and use the change machine to load up your ash tray with quarters for downtown parking meters.

8 thoughts on “That definitely did not suck”

  1. Cool report! I never would have thought to rate vacs, and I enjoyed the head’s up.

    Best full-service car wash? Whaddaya think? I’ve always been partial to Gem on Freeport.

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  2. Gem on Freeport is a great full-service wash. They gave me a discount when I went in the morning of our wedding & told them I was getting married that night. Pavilion Car Wash also does a fine job. You can pick up a coupon for Pavilion Car Wash from Newbold Cleaners (Eastern & Arden) for half-off their $34 package. Pavilion Car Wash also gives free birthday car washes (the basic wash, which you can upgrade.)
    While waiting for your ride at Pavilion Car Wash, you can walk over to Sara’s Hair Salon (near Supercuts, but much more skilled and friendly) for a quick trim, or pick up some broccoli beef from Chef Bo’s Noodle City.

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  3. P.S. You’d think with all the hype I just gave Pavilion Car Wash that I’d sum it up by saying they make the best Thai soup in town, but sadly, that is not the case. (Just ask for the “satay” air freshener instead of “new car smell.”) Head over to Thai House at Loehmann’s Plaza or Thai Palms on Howe if you’re having the hankering while enjoying your nice clean car.

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  4. Pavilion has disappointed me the last couple of times. Streaks front and back windows, dirt still on roof among other unacceptable issues. False advertising in that they say free car wash with oil change. I was charged $61.00 for the 2. I don’t know where an oil change normally costs $61.00.

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  5. I have recently be going to Pavilion Car Wash and have found that they have changed quite a bit since last year. They have new equipment and it was fast. The people are much easier to talk to than at most other places. And Ettores is near by with great food.

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  6. PROBABLY FOR A SYNTHETIC OIL CHANGE???
    MAYBE AN AIR FILTER WAS ADDED .
    OR EVEN TECHRON.. $61 IS ABOUT THE AVERAGE I PAY $72 FOR A SYNTHETIC ON MY JETTA… POINT—UR DEALERSHIP WONT CHARGE YOU FOR SYNTHETIC… YES DEALERS USUALLY DO AN OIL CHANGE CHEAPER THAN JIFFY LUBE.. PEOPLE HAVE BECOME LAZY!!

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