Renew your Phoenix ride with car detailing
Take a spin with three highly rated Phoenix-area auto detailers as they wax on about the ins and outs of restoring your car to a pristine condition.
What detailing services do you offer?
Damion Bright: If it’s dirty, I can clean it. I do full details, headlight restoration, paint polishing, color sand and buff. I also do RVs and boats.
Kasey Smith: We do everything from a half to full detail, shampoo carpets, spray out the engine, clean underneath and complete waxing.
Mike Head: Full detail, half-detail, interior, exterior, waxing; I do whatever the client requests. I specialize in high-end cars.
How does your detailing compare to a car wash?
Bright: It doesn’t compare. I do all the nooks and crannies. I am restoring the outside and inside to like-new condition.
Smith: Car washes are all about speed; it’s an assembly line. When we detail, we only do one car a day and it’s done by hand and polished.
Head: The attention level is the biggest difference. Detailing is very intricate. Car washes aren’t customized and can scratch your car.
How often do you recommend a full detail?
Bright: I recommend at least a coat of wax seasonally. If you park in the garage, maybe wax twice a year. You can’t fix the paint once the clear coat is gone.
Smith: Every six months to a year. Someone with kids or who has more wear might need to do it more often.
Head: One or two times a year. It depends on the wear and tear. In the Arizona heat, you need to keep the car waxed to prevent fading and paint damage.
How much does it cost?
Bright: A four-door car is $120 and up, an SUV is $120 to $150. Full restoration can range between $250 and $350, which includes layers of polish for classic and high-end cars.
Smith: For a full detail, we typically charge $149 for a four-door mid-sized sedan and $199 for an SUV.
Head: A full detail on a mid-sized sedan costs $140-$160, an SUV is $180. Wear and tear in addition to special requests can change the price.
Where do you detail and how long does it take?
Bright: I am mobile. A full detail can take four hours and up. A full restoration can take several days.
Smith: We only do one detail a day in our shop. It takes roughly eight hours for a full detail, a half detail is less.
Head: I am mobile and will come to you at work, home or anywhere. A full detail can take four hours or more.