Attention Health Care Workers: Mazda Will Clean Your Car and Change the Oil for Free

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Taking the lead from some of its dealer franchises offering similar services, Mazda is implementing a national program called the Essential Car Care initiative to offer free one-time car cleanings and oil changes to health care workers as a show of appreciation for their service, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic — and you don’t even have to drive a Mazda to qualify.

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After arriving at a participating dealership, workers need only show proof of employment — for example, an ID badge or pay stub — at an eligible medical facility, which includes the following:

  • Hospitals, urgent care, surgical centers, birth centers
  • Health care providers, doctor offices, medical clinics, medical offices, medical centers, medical facilities, health systems
  • Mental health providers, addiction treatment centers
  • Medical testing facilities, imaging and radiology centers 
  • Assisted living, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospice homes, adult care homes, home health agencies 
  • Public health agencies 
  • Medical laboratories and research centers 
  • Medical equipment providers 
  • Orthopedic and other rehabilitation centers (physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.) 
  • Blood banks 
  • Telehealth providers

The program is not limited to just Mazdas, and most makes and models are eligible — though classic cars, exotic cars and other types of vehicles may be excluded, so be sure to check with the dealership you’d be using for the service beforehand.

In addition to changing your oil, the dealership will provide “enhanced vehicle cleaning of high-touch interior and exterior surfaces using Mazda and EPA-approved cleansers.” The program runs through June 1. To learn more about the program, head to

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