Proposed features/Car wash

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Car wash
Status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: elecnix
Tagging: amenity=car_wash
Applies to: node
Definition: A place where cars are washed, either by hand or with automatic machinery.
Rendered as: Car with soap foam
Drafted on:
Proposed on: *
RFC start: *
Vote start: *
Vote end: *

Tagged as

Applies to nodes:

  • amenity=car_wash
  • self_service=yes|no
  • automated=yes|no - set to no when washed manually
  • brushless=yes|no - some prefer washing machines that use only high pressure water and no spinning brushes
  • name=No touch Express


This is already used on 6 nodes in France according to tagwatch. --Elecnix 21:52, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

And one in London, England (just south of Clapham South) as of about now --Breezer 01:09, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
and one in Latvia, Riga --Richlv 11:35, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
  • The tags self_service and automated are a littlebit inartfully expressed I think. Because self_service means that it is not automated and automated means that it is not self_service. So normaly you just need only one of these tags. Or am I missunderstanding the meaning of the tags? S.A.L. 08:51, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
    not self service: you drive to the entrance, someone comes to your window to collect money and might spray pre-wash detergent on the dirtiest spots, you drive forward to the washing machine (or washing place)
    self service: you park, find a cashier or a payment machine, then go back to your car and drive to where the actual washing takes place
    not automated: someone (you or personnel) uses a hose or a bucket of water, detergents and swamps to clean the car
    automated: a machine does all the washing once the car has been positioned correctly
    Any combination of these is possible, even if the combination of not self service and not automated is unlikely. Alv 23:04, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Many car washes belong to a fuel station. Those are taged with amenity already. Wouldn´t it be better to use the tag car_wash=yes instead? Plexi32 17:42, 20 December 2008

I tag these as amenity=fuel;car_wash. -- AM909 22:25, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

The current level of tag definition is fine for me. When the votation will start ? -- FabC 15:57, 8 may 2009

I agree with the separate self_service and automated tags, except that I would tag them as follows:

  • automated=no + self_service=no - A hand-wash place where they wash your car for you by hand (no machine).
  • automated=no + self_service=yes - An unattended place with stalls where you feed it coins and you then use the supplied power-spray nozzle to wash the car yourself.
  • automated=yes + self_service=no - A normal full-service standalone carwash, where they drive the car into and out of the machine for you. I would consider this the default for amenity=car_wash if neither tag is present.
  • automated=yes + self_service=yes - Normally found at fuel stations. You drive through the machine after paying either an attendant or inserting coins. I would consider this the default for amenity=fuel;car_wash if neither tag is present.

Are there any other types of car washes? -- AM909 22:25, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

self_service=yes doesn't necessary mean "an unattended place with stalls where you feed it coins". Many fuel stations have possibility to hand wash your own car and pay in the shop. --Erik Lundin 01:50, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

amenity=car_wash was used on 1435 objects (12 August 2009). --Telegnom 10:34, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Instead of brushless=yes/no I suggest 'washing=plastic_brushes/textil_brushes and for the mentioned cleaning high pressure water cleaning something matching. -- Malenki 12:45, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

I'd second that there should be a special value for high pressure water cleaning. I'm not against putting them under a car_wash amenity, but these are often used to clean other stuff and should be tagged more explicitly than just as car wash without brushes. -- BearT (talk) 14:37, 23 October 2014 (UTC)