GOOD NEWS: Get A FREE Car Wash This Thursday! BAD NEWS: You’ll Have To Drive To Renton, Kent, Auburn Or Federal Way

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GOOD NEWS: Brown Bear Car Wash is celebrating its 52nd anniversary with FREE car washes this Thursday (Aug. 27th).

BAD NEWS: You’re going to have to drive to either Renton, Kent, Auburn or Federal Way to get one.

Note that not every Brown Bear location is feeling generous – here are the only ones participating in South King County:

  • 800 S Grady Way, Renton
  • 1202 W Meeker St., Kent
  • 621 Rainier Ave. S, Renton
  • 77 Rainier Ave. S, Renton
  • 814 Auburn Way S, Auburn
  • 34017 Hoyt Rd. SW, Federal Way

For other locations, see

Here’s some promo copy from their press release:

Over the last four years, the Seattle-based company has washed a total of 53,623 cars for free on their annual free car wash day held each August.

As a way to say “thank you” to area residents for over 52 years of patronage, Brown Bear will be offering free “Bear Essential” car washes to the public Thursday, August 27, from 8am to 8pm at all of the company’s automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area:

“We are extremely grateful to the people of Puget Sound for their decades of patronage. Our annual free car wash day is one way we can show our appreciation,” said Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat. “Weather cooperating, we anticipate this year’s event to be our best ever. As in years past, our employees and car washes will be ready to efficiently meet the demand.”

Odermat started Brown Bear started in Seattle in 1957 with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane. The family-owned company, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc. owns and operates a total of 40 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores. It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.

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