Properly inflating your tires can save you 11 cents per gallon on fuel and extend the average life of a tire by 4,700 miles, says the U.S. Department of Transportation. But where can you get free air for your tires?
In this article, I’m going to show you some places where you can fill up your tires at no cost.
I’ve researched many of the large national tire, retail, grocery and convenience store chains to find those that offer a way to put air in your tires for free. (Some locations that have been franchised may not offer free air, so it’s best to check before you go.)
Where to Find Free Air for Tires Near You
Costco says it will inflate your tires for free with nitrogen, not compressed air. When I called, the technician in the Tire Center said all I had to do was “pull up next to the bay.”
And Costco doesn’t require you to have a membership to get this free service. Find a Costco warehouse near you.
Discount Tire’s technicians will also inflate your tires for free no matter where you bought them. The chain has more than 1,000 stores in 35 states. Find a Discount Tire near you.
GetGo, which is owned by supermarket chain Giant Eagle, has free air as well. Many of these locations are in the Northeast and Midwest and have automated tire check machines as well. Find a Getgo near you.
Hy-Vee stores offer free air. It has stores in eight Midwestern states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Find a Hy-Vee near you.
Some Kroger gas stations have free air, but that number is dwindling, a Fuel Center employee told me when I called.
Use this Kroger Store Locator and filter to find stores with gas stations on site.
Kum & Go offers free air at its 400 stores in 11 states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming. Find a Kum & Go location near you.
Sheetz stores have free air at its locations, which are in the following states: Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Find a local Sheetz near you.
Wawa offers free air at its 850+ locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Find a Wawa near you.
You should try to take advantage of free services whenever possible, especially when it involves your vehicle. But always call the business before you head out to make sure the air is free and the machine is functioning.
If you want to find smaller establishments that have free air near you, check out FreeAirPump.com and enter your ZIP code or enable your location.
Know of any other major chains offering free air for your tires? Let us know in the comments.