That time I found a Costco Car Wash… NO JOKE!
Most people don’t even know there is such thing as a Costco Car Wash. I’ve wondered why more Costco locations don’t have a car wash. You can get all of your grocery shopping done, buy glasses, pick up a set of tires, get your prescriptions, buy a sofa, and fill up on gas, BUT you can’t get your car washed; for that you have to go to the local gas station car wash. Unless you happen to be by one of ten Costco locations that actually has a car wash.
1. Glendale, Arizona
2. Scottsdale, Arizona
3. Irvine, California
4. Oxnard, California
5. Poway, California
6. San Juan Capistrano, California
7. Torrance, California
8. Victorville, California
9. Boise, Idaho
10. Seattle, Washington
Being from the Mid-west, your car gets covered in rock salt, snow, and slush from November-March, and then from April-October your car gets covered in tree sap, bird poop (at least it’s not elephant poop), and acidic rain. So you spend a lot of time getting your car washed. It would be extremely convenient if they would put car wash at more Costco locations, so you could truly make Costco a one-stop shop.
I’ve known that some locations do have that rare Costco Car Wash, and I’ve always wanted to try one out, so I flew out to Boise, Idaho just to see what a Costco Car Wash experience was like.
I’d imagine that 99.9% of people would never imagine taking their rental car to a car wash, and up until this post I’d never thought that I would either, so this was a first for me.
When I drove into the Boise Costco parking lot, the car wash was on the far east side of the lot. The car wash hours are a little different from the warehouse.
• Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
• Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
• Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
You can pay the small price of $7.99 right at the car wash kiosk. For $7.99 you are going to get a car wash that would typically cost you around $10.99 at any gas station. For the $7.99 you get:
• Envirosoft foam wash
• Under chassis wash
• Rust Inhibitor
• Tire Shine
• Clear Coat Conditioner
• Rain-X Treatment
After you pay, you drive around to the entrance of the car wash, where you will find a friendly Costco employee to help guide your car into the wash. When you get out of the 2.5-minute car wash, your car is sparkling and looks (hopefully) like new. Like most of Costco’s other services, the Costco Car Wash is an excellent value, and just another one of the many reasons why being a Costco member is a fantastic idea!
Here is a video of my entire Costco Car Wash experience.
So was it worth to to fly half way across the United States just to go check out a Costco Car Wash in Boise, Idaho? I would have to say a big fat 100% yes. I got to go to Idaho, which is one of the few states I had never been to before, and I got to see a Costco location that not only had a Car Wash but also a dedicated Garden Center. (More on that later)
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