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Car Detailing Rates: Why Do Different Shops Charge Differently?

Pondering Man about Detailing Prices

Have you ever pondered about the difference in the services offered by various car specialty professional detailing facilities? They all promise that your car will look as good as new after a session with them, and unless you try every single service offered by each detailer you won’t really have an idea of how well they can deliver on their word.

You are not the first car owner to seriously consider how different it would be if you brought your vehicle to this detailer instead of that one. Perhaps you are not fully satisfied with the cleaning results or you thought they charged way too much for the kind of cleaning you received.

Detailers factor in different things when deciding how much they should charge for their services. At the end of the day, your main concern as a car owner would be to get the best value for your money. It’s not enough to choose a detailer based on his price list—you have to make sure that you get long-lasting, good quality care that’s safe for both the environment and your car’s finish.

To find out what goes into your detailer’s price quotations, here are some of the things that are included in the calculation:

    1. Price of raw materials: Your detailer uses a number of materials in cleaning your car, such as terry cloths, chamois leather, car wax, vacuum bags, car shampoo, leather wax, water, etc. These items are added to the cost of the service you pay for.
    2. Investment in technology: Some detailers offer more high-tech cleaning systems other than the traditional automatic car wash, like waterless car wash or steam cleaning. The technology that is used to clean your car is definitely a big factor in determining the price of the services because the detailer had to buy additional equipment and materials for it.
    3. Type of vehicle (interior and exterior): Different types of interior and exterior fittings will mean that your detailer will need variety of cleaning products. The size of your car (sedan, SUV, truck, motorcycle, minibus) will also be a big factor in the total cost of the services.
    4. Geographical location: Some detailers can go straight to your driveway to perform the job, and this may mean that you have to pay a little extra for the convenience of having your car cleaned right at your own home.

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  1. Current condition of the vehicle: If there is a need to get rid of fine scratches on the paintwork on top of simply cleaning of your car, you can incur additional charges. Vintage cars also require special cleaning products so that the finish is protected from damage.
  2. Turnaround time: Rush detailing jobs usually command higher prices than regular sessions, so it might be a good idea to schedule your appointment ahead of time if you need your car cleaned before a specific date.
  3. Loyalty: Most detailers provide a small incentive for their frequent customers, such as discounts, exclusive packages or extra services thrown in for free. If you’ve been using the same detailer for some time now, ask if they have a loyalty and rewards program for regulars like youself.

We at DewtailXPerts also have such program – Green Rewards Program – as a member, you get great benefits while making a difference.

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2 Responses to “Car Detailing Rates: Why Do Different Shops Charge Differently?”

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