Indianapolis auto detailing shop owner gives advice
Should you get your vehicle detailed before you resell it?
"Yes, getting a detail is the way to go — it helps add to the resale value of your car. Of course, the resale value depends on the mechanical running condition of the car, first. But if your car runs good and looks good, I think it can add from $500 to $1,000 or more to the value. When a buyer sees a shiny car, it helps to show you've kept the car in good condition. It will also probably sell more quickly."
Who we talked to
Ty Freeman, owner
1st Class Auto Detailing
1033 Third Ave., Ste. 204
What can owners do in between details to help with a car's upkeep?
"I recommend keeping your car washed once a week. It keeps dust, dirt and road grime off the paint. Avoid car washes that haven't switched over to using brushless wash technology. Brushes will actually damage the paint's clear coat because of how they rotate. They strip down the finish, causing swirl marks and scratches in the paint. I also recommend sweeping out or vacuuming the interior once a week. That way, if do you drop a French fry between the seats, it won't be producing an odor."
What are some of the toughest stains you've tried to get out?
"Punch stains, coffee stains and Coke stains are all difficult to get out. If you're going to drink a beverage in your vehicle, make sure it's a clear liquid. If you do spill something, clean it up right away."
Do you have any horror stories about really disgusting cars?
"A young lady asked me to detail her Volvo station wagon. She was looking to sell it, so I came out to evaluate its condition for a detail. I got within 10 feet of the car and there was this awful smell. She said she couldn't stand to see animals that had been run over in the road. So she would stop, pick up the road kill and put it in her hatch. I think she had her own little cemetery that she buried them in. There was a raccoon that had been in her hatch for so long it had left an imprint of its body in the carpet. How she rode in the car with that smell, I can't explain. Unfortunately, I couldn't offer her my services."