Just for this tutorial, I along with my locksmith Peter tried opening our own Coin Vault. Here’s how it goes down.

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How to Break Into Car Wash Coin Vault?

  1. Locate the Coin Vault: You will find the car wash coin vaults near the machines always secured with a lock.
  2. Remove the Lock: I prefer using a bolt cutter or a lock pick to remove the lock. You can also use a bolt cutter, but just make sure to position it correctly and apply enough pressure to cut through the lock.
  3. Open the Vault: Take a Pry bar, insert it into the gap between the door and the frame, and apply enough pressure to open the door.
  4. Collect the Coins: Now, take the coins carefully and slowly without damaging the coin mechanism or the coin chute.

UPDATE: My Locksmith Peter recommends the Sledgehammer. According to him, slightly position the hammer correctly and apply enough force to break open the door. I did try it and it works.

Types of Car Wash Coin Vaults

  1. Standard Coin Vaults
  2. High-Security Coin Vaults
  3. Electronic Coin Vaults
  4. Dual-Compartment Coin Vaults
  5. Custom Coin Vaults

I have the standard coins vault for my car wash, only because I totally am a cheap person and my location is generally safe with a CCTV monitor.

You can upgrade and choose the more sophisticated vaults depending on the level of security you need.

Methods to Keep Locked Car Wash Vacuum Machines Safe

  1. Install security brackets on car wash vacuums to improve their resilience against break-ins. You must install steel brackets on the vacuum doors which will make the thief more difficult to pry open.
  2. Use Squire locks as they are pick-resistant and made of durable materials.
  3. CCTV cameras to monitor suspicious activity and prevent theft. In case there is a break-in, you can use the footage to catch the thieves.

Flipper Zero & Car Wash Payment Devices

I recently got the chance to go to a store and ask the store manager about Flipper Zero’s performance.

Apparently, it can test, explore, and debug different wireless protocols such as RFID, NFC, infrared, and Bluetooth which very much makes it a potential tool for breaking into car wash payment devices that use these protocols.

So, I will think otherwise that in the case of car wash payment devices, RFID is used to identify the car and the amount of money that needs to be deducted from the user’s account.

The Flipper Zero can then interact with RFID-enabled car wash payment devices by emulating an RFID tag.

Now, the Flipper Zero can be used to trick the payment device into thinking that it is an authorized RFID tag. Once the payment device recognizes Flipper Zero as a valid RFID tag, it will deduct the amount of money associated with the tag from the user’s account.

Last time I heard, the Canadian government has banned the Flipper Zero due to its potential to be used in keyless car theft EFF.

Legal Consequences of Tampering with Car Wash Money Machines

I know that breaking into car wash coin vaults or tampering with money machines can be tempting but I am here to tell you that it is illegal and can result in severe legal consequences.

I consulted with a fellow lawyer of mine and here are some of his viewpoints on if they are caught:

  1. Criminal Charges: It can lead to imprisonment or fines and can remain on your criminal record, affecting your future employment opportunities.
  2. Civil Liability: You can also be sued by the car wash owner for the damages caused and thus will be responsible for compensating the owner for the damages caused.

To be honest, I didn’t even have to consult him on that. It’s just basic common sense (but it was free of charge at least)

  • Report the Incident: File a First Information Report (FIR) at the nearest police station. You must provide all the details of the incident, such as CCTV footage, witness statements, or physical evidence.
  • Legal Representation: Take up a lawyer who specializes in criminal law to represent you and guide you through the legal process.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t condone anyone to break into a vault. This is just for educational purposes and we are not to be held accountable for it, Please don’t break into other’s Car wash coin vaults, but if you need to for the sake of educational purposes (your own vault), you can do so with the right tools and techniques.

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