I was really surprised the first time I used this, because it actually worked! I have four kids and the van always has crumbs and sand through it. This little vacuum is strong enough to suck up the sand and clean up the car seats quickly. The cord is a bit tight working in the van, I do have a plug in the back so I am not sure how well it would work for a car without the back plug. This does heat up really quickly and that makes me a bit nervous while using it. I just do quick sweeps with this and I acutally keep it in the van to clean up on the go! Overall I am happy with this purchase and would buy it again. I did take off one star because the cord makes it a bit difficult to use.