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A Senior’s Guide: How Much Does Car Detailing Cost?

  • A Senior’s Guide: How Much Does Car Detailing Cost?
    February 19, 2015

    Do-It-Yourself car detailing is convenient and economical, but there comes a time when you simply want to have your car detailed at a professional car detailing service. The decision to use a professional detailer will give rise to many concerns, especially whether it will put a strain on your wallet. How much does car detailing cost? For senior citizens it’s a good idea to be well informed before you take your car for professional detailing.

    Before we talk about costs, it is important you understand that a professional detailing service is very different from a regular car wash, so don’t be alarmed by auto detailing rates. You definitely don’t want to overpay, though, and the service you get should be worth every penny. This article will answer your concerns about car detailing costs and help you to get a better understanding of average car detailing prices.

    How much does car detailing cost?

    Why is a professional car detailing service more expensive than a regular car wash?

    Detailing and washing are two very different things. A regular car wash will wash your car with soap and water most likely using an automated system. Professional detailing, on the other hand, entails hand washing of a car with the use of professional detailing materials and equipment. They will also offer you special services to rejuvenate and restore your car. Essentially, detailing takes twice the skill, time, effort, and resources required in comparison to a regular car wash.

    What am I billed for at a car detailing service?

    Detailers take into account many factors when they put a price tag on their services. The make and size of the car, the type of interior and exterior fittings used, the current condition of the car, etc. They will also use high quality detailing products to achieve desired results. You will also be billed for their professionalism and the time and effort they put into detailing your car.

    Are there different detailing packages available?

    Yes, a professional detailing service has various detailing packages to fit your car’s needs and your budget. A mini detailing package will cost you between $50 – $100. With this package you will get your car’s exterior hand-washed and waxed and the interior vacuumed and shampooed.

    If you want an all-inclusive package, then the full detailing package is for you. Every area of your car will be taken care of including underbody maintenance, full interior detailing, restoration of tires, cleaning of lights and exterior trim care. Additionally, top range detailing products will be used. This package can cost you upwards of $200.

    Do they offer any special discounts for me?

    Yes, many car detailing services do, so make sure you ask the detailer about these discounts and special deals. Some car detailers will offer senior citizen discounts daily while others may declare a day of the week just for seniors on which you can get your car detailed at a reduced rate. They may also offer to pick up your car from home free of charge and return it to you as well.

    Unscrupulous detailers might try to entice senior citizens by  offering detailing at a very low price, when in fact they are just over charging you for an ordinary car wash. So be wary of services with rates that seem too good to be true.

    Do I need specialty detailing services?

    Specialty detailing services are extra services that you can opt for. However, not all detailing services offer these special services. They include mold removal, tire detailing, headlight rejuvenation, windshield repairing and more. These services will cost you extra ($50 and upwards), but if the final result is a car that is restored to its former beauty, defect-free self, then isn’t it worth it?

    So, how much does car detailing cost? In a nutshell, it depends on the package you choose, whether you opt for specialty services and if there are any special offers for senior citizens. Remember, whether it is a mini or a full detailing package, they should come with specific services. Don’t hesitate to walk away if they don’t offer the right services for the right price.

    Schedule an appointment with us to have a taste of real professional car detailing service.

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