Car wash locations - nationwide

 

The Nuvi-supplied database is pretty sparse in the car wash area - especially when it comes to the do-it-yourself coin-op ones; therefore I figured I'd start this thread.

How many times have you crossed a mountain pass and wanted to blast that salt/sand off your car, or been on a road trip and wanted to dust off the road gunk?

I uploaded a starter file in the POI area under "other" with the Seattle-area Brown Bear car washes as a start.

If anyone knows of any locations out there in GPS land - be it fully automated or coin-op spray wash - please feel free to add it to the thread and I'll code it to the file when I get time. Or - if you are ambitious please include the lat/lon coords. There's no way I can suddenly geocode a sudden influx of 1000 locations!

I have created somewhat of a standardized csv format that would benefit everyone as follows

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Longitude, Latitude, (A)(S)(T) Name of Business (if available - else use "Car Wash") - City, Street address and / or contact information

the (A) or (S) or (T) shows if it is one of these or a combination thereof:

(A) = Automated ("tunnel type") car wash
(S) = Self-serve (those high powered coin op sprayers)
(T) = Truck wash - able to handle a full sized semi with trailer
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This way, when you select subcategory "Car Wash" or the like in your faves, you see a list like this:

(S) Brown Bear - Auburn
(A) Brown Bear - Auburn
(A) Brown Bear - Bellevue
(S) Brown Bear - Bellevue
(A)(S) Brown Bear - Redmond
(A) Brown Bear - Redmond
(A) Brown Bear - Renton
(A) Brown Bear - Renton
(A) Brown Bear - Renton
(A)(S) Brown Bear - Renton

Pretty easy to figure out which is the coin-op self-serve wand types or which is the antenna-eating, mirror busting, ski-rack bending automatic ones smile - or a combination of the two. Seriously tho - different cleaning applications call for different methodologies.

Here is a live example from the file:

-122.222331,
47.341968,
(S) Brown Bear - Auburn,
"Self-Serve Car Wash
3920 Auburn Way N
Auburn, WA 98002-1317
(888) 700-8077"

Adding a state is pretty moot as the POI selections sort by distance-to-target.

Thanks!

-- Nick

POI Files

Great idea;) Miss Poi

Great idea;)

Miss Poi

Car wash locations - more locations added

File has been updated and added about 15 more locations. We need locations so if anyone on the Poi-factory site knows of a place just google it and send it my way - I'll geocode it & update the file

Location added - Tacoma, WA

Thanks MissPOI for the file assist!

Added the Speedy Car Wash located just South of Point Defiance Park at 50th & pearl.

Self serve

Anyone else out have a location to add?

Car Wash

Nice now we can wash all over smile

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nice idea but Washington is

nice idea but Washington is far from NATIONWIDE locations... is there another file that I'm not seeing here??

rustedhalo, this is a

rustedhalo,

this is a community effort, it takes time to get these files made, please be patient.

Nick

Lets keep these divided by state so that people can download them for the state that they need and then when the new system is up we can make a rollup file for it.

We will make it a POI Package.

Miss POI

What is a carwash?????

What is a carwash????? LOL.

My poor baby hasnt had a bath in quite some time.

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Car Washes

I'll start compiling the ones I know of in the Twin Cities area in MN. How do I get the info to you?

New Jersey--Car Wash

I have put together some car wash locations in New Jersey. I can upload it if needed.

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nuvi 2460LMT

I have a "complete" database of car washes for WA

I would love to get this coded for a Nuvi POI. How can I best get you the list (it is in .XLS)? What Nuvi model(s) can accept this data once you get it coded?

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Welcome to the site.

Be sure to click on the getting started and faqs sections linked at the top of each page.

Check out this page to see the proper format for the POI files.

http://www.poi-factory.com/garmin-csv-file-format

Here's the faq page for making POI files.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6664

Here's the faq page for obtaining the coordinates of an address.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/821

The best thing to do is to download a file and take a look at what one looks like.
You can open the CSV files in either Notepad or Microsoft Excel.

Here's a link to helpful software.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6678

Vancouver, Wa.

I've created a file of car wash locations in SW Washinton, specifically around Vancouver, Wa. area. The addresses and phone numbers are per Google Earth, and have not been cross referenced.

I've coded the names with (A),(S), and (T) per the original post. I've also included non-mobile auto detailing locations, which, in line with the originators code, I've given the prefix (D).

It's about 23 locations I beileve. How do I get them included in the Washington file? Do I just upload it, or should I email it to the original poster?

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-Hrothgar

Hmmmmmmm

I wash the 2 cars by hand twice a week.

Of course, we live about 500 ft. from the ocean and the salt gets on the cars pretty good !

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That's great

for folks who have somewhere to wash their cars, but for us apartment dwellers, it's nice to know where the car washes are.

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-Hrothgar

Car Washes

Hrothgar70 wrote:

for folks who have somewhere to wash their cars, but for us apartment dwellers, it's nice to know where the car washes are.

Most of the gas stations around my area have installed car washes so any listing, even if broken down by city would be virtually impossible to maintain. Even if you limited it to the coin operated washes, the list would still be impossible to keep current.

On my travels across the country, I've never failed to find a car wash where and when needed and I've traveled in 48 of the 50 states.

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ɐ‾nsǝɹ Just one click away from the end of the Internet

The automated spinning brush

The automated spinning brush type car washes are fairly easy to find, I'll give you that. And if I drove a mostly-bubble-shaped-generic-looks-like-the-next-one-sedan, I probably wouldn't need a car wash poi file. cool

However, I don't. The Automated carwash typically won't let me go through their systems. Either because my jeep is so splatterd with mud grin they don't want me in their bays, or it's the attachments (cargo rack, shovel, axe, jack) I have on my jeep that they are afraid will snag their brushes. Even the times I was able to get into one, I still had to remove my CB antenna so it wouldn't get broken, and because of the boxy shape it didn't really clean it very well anyway. It's hardly worth the trouble.

However trying to find a coin op wash in strange places has been, in my experience, a difficult task. I have a local wash I use faithfully, so I don't need this file either, just trying to create content other might find useful.

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-Hrothgar

awwww yeah

nice idea. I like it

new site

Discount tires | Car racing

Hmmmmmm

I know that I just use the "Home" favorite when I want the Do-It-Yourself" car wash !

cool

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MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

Great idea...

Nixter wrote:

The Nuvi-supplied database is pretty sparse in the car wash area - especially when it comes to the do-it-yourself coin-op ones; therefore I figured I'd start this thread.
...
Longitude, Latitude, (A)(S)(T) Name of Business (if available - else use "Car Wash") - City, Street address and / or contact information
...
(A) = Automated ("tunnel type") car wash
(S) = Self-serve (those high powered coin op sprayers)
(T) = Truck wash - able to handle a full sized semi with trailer

Nixter had a great idea, but it seems that over the past 2 years it never got wings. For those of us who travel far from home, this would be very useful, especially knowing where to find a particular type of wash. But as was mentioned in this thread, trying to maintain such a file with current data on a national basis would be an enormous undertaking that may be used by relatively few.

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"There's no substitute for local knowledge" nüvi 750, nüvi 3597

Anything more?

I would love to have a list of car washes. Has there been any more movement on this project?

Car washes.

Like another poster said those brush spin wash places are pretty easy to find. Almost every gas station has one.
We travel with a truck with wide tow mirrors and I'm always looking for a coin car wash. I would use that file.

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GPSmap76Cx handheld, Nuvi 2557LMT, Nuvfi 2598LMTHD

Like others have said

HerbSch wrote:

Like another poster said those brush spin wash places are pretty easy to find. Almost every gas station has one.
We travel with a truck with wide tow mirrors and I'm always looking for a coin car wash. I would use that file.

The interest level is very low on this type of file. Those that would look for it and use it are very limited.

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ɐ‾nsǝɹ Just one click away from the end of the Internet

I Guess

I guess no one likes clean cars (without all the extra work of doing it themselves). I travel a lot and would love to know where touchless carwashes were located. Those are not as easy to find, in my opinion, especially if you are in an unknown area.

I guess

franzey wrote:

I guess no one likes clean cars (without all the extra work of doing it themselves). I travel a lot and would love to know where touchless carwashes were located. Those are not as easy to find, in my opinion, especially if you are in an unknown area.

You are volunteering to create the database and maintain it.

You should start with a spreadsheet with the following elements as a minimum:

Type, Address, City, State/Prov, Post Code.

Once you have those you can use Extra Poi Editor to do the geocoding of the addresses and create the CSV and GPX files.

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Car, truck, RV, and Trailer Wash

This is a much needed database of POI's. It is winter, the roads are salted, and I'm travelling through this soupy mess. When I pop out of it into warm and non-salt spray, it would be wonderful to have a POI list of Truck and trailer washes. There is one but it only has one brand, "blue Beacon" and last time I used them it was $75 for a pickup and 25 foot trailer. It could be more this year.

So me fellow RV or truckers, if you know of a multi-brand POI list of truck and trailer washes or even just a list with addresses (the lat long can easily be found), please post where. I'll convert addresses to proper GPS poi's for free.

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GrtBluYonder

Same here

asianfire wrote:

What is a carwash????? LOL.

My poor baby hasnt had a bath in quite some time.

With all the salt, sand and beet juice they use on Ontario roads in winter, the car is just as dirty by the time you get home from the car wash.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Not me !

GPSgeek wrote:

With all the salt, sand and beet juice they use on Ontario roads in winter, the car is just as dirty by the time you get home from the car wash.

It costs me about $ 7.50 to get my car washed, vacuumed inside and cleaned inside. Also the trunk gets vacuumed.
When I get the car back it looks as if it has been detailed. 5-6 guys work on the car for about 45 minutes.

For an extra $ 20.00 they spray the underside with some rust inhibitor too.

Mind you it takes me 4 1/2 days of solid driving and four overnight stops to get to this car wash. shock

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Not a Canadian car wash

GPSgeek wrote:
asianfire wrote:

What is a carwash????? LOL.

My poor baby hasnt had a bath in quite some time.

With all the salt, sand and beet juice they use on Ontario roads in winter, the car is just as dirty by the time you get home from the car wash.

I'm guessing this is a car wash south of Canadian. Mexico, perhaps. LOL

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Yup

GPSgeek wrote:

I'm guessing this is a car wash south of Canadian. Mexico, perhaps. LOL

Definitely well south, about 2,500 miles or 4,700 km. About five hours south/east of Puerto Vallarta.
Only about 83°F or 29°C every day, I have to suffer these temps for 3 more months!

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.