How much does car detailing cost?
There is no better solution to feeling confident in your car than a good, comprehensive detailing job. Like a mobile car wash, detailing focuses on cosmetic improvements rather than mechanical ones; however, unlike a self-serve car wash service, a top-to-bottom car detailing (or auto detailing) will include a number of particular and thorough procedures that ensure your vehicle remains in its best condition. Car detailing is by no means a response to an urgent internal repair, and is instead a great way to restore your vehicle to nearly-mint condition. In this article we will discuss:
- The procedures and systems that are included in car detailing
- What car detailing won’t fix?
- How much car detailing costs?
What is involved in car detailing?
When you choose to get your vehicle detailed, there are many service options available. For the sake of this article we will focus on what is included when you opt for a full detail, as it covers all possible services. A full car detail focuses on all the non-mechanical features of your vehicle, giving special attention to:
- Tyres and wheels: Special products are applied to remove tough stains and polish the aluminium, chrome, or steel. Rubber sealer is applied to the tyres.
- Exterior paint: Pressure-washed and hand-dried to remove dirt and debris, then polished to give the surface an even shine.
- Chrome trim: Materials are cleaned and restored to ensure protection from future cracks and frays.
- Interior surfaces (including seats and carpets): Dirt and dust removed from all corners of the vehicle (in and around the dashboard, entertainment console, door interiors, etc.). Sealants applied for a glossy finish. Any leather surfaces are separately cleaned and conditioned, and carpet is deep cleaned*.
What isn’t taken care of in a full car detail?
Car detailing can have your vehicle feeling (almost) as good as new, but of course there is some wear-and-tear that can’t be fixed with detailing alone. Light scratches, for example, can be remedied, but if a scratch runs deeper than the initial surface layer of paint, a scratch repair technician will need to be consulted. (Refer to our “Car scratch repair” article for more details).
And don’t expect your car to look brand new after a detail if it’s already been substantially worn down. That’s why we recommend auto detailing approximately four times a year instead of once in a blue moon: you’re able to maintain a consistently high-level cosmetic standard, and it’s much better value than relying on the occasional service*.
How much does car detailing cost?
Car detailing costs between $150 and $300, depending on how many of the aforementioned services are selected; naturally, a full detail will be on the more expensive end of the spectrum.
Although a car wash is much cheaper at face value—only costing between $25 and $50—detailing leaves better and longer lasting results. It’s wise to offset your regular car wash habits with detailing whenever possible, as it is more economical overall.
Not only does auto detailing have your vehicle looking better than ever, it’s also the safest and most efficient way to preserve the integrity of your car.
Interested in detailing and not sure where to go? Use DingGo’s quick quotes service to find the best technician near you.