Washington, D.C. auto detailers renew rides

Washington, D.C. auto detailers renew rides

Angie’s List talked to three highly rated Washington, D.C.-area auto detailing experts, who waxed on about the ins and outs of restoring your car to a pristine condition.

What is involved in an auto detail? How does it compare to running my car through the car wash?

Monica Ghani: Cloth seats are shampooed and leather seats are cleaned, conditioned and 
moisturized in an auto detail. It’s a complete spa for your car.

Clayton Kimbrough: Auto detailing is totally different. That’s when we go into cracks and crevices, buffing out scratches, cleaning your car inside and out.

Rob Schruefer: We offer the whole array of detailing services all the way from car washes and vacuum to complete interior and exterior.

How much does your standard package cost?

Ghani: Detail packages start at $119, prepaid $109.

Kimbrough: A full detail costs $175. That’s any car and it takes about one-and-a-half to two hours to do.

Schruefer: Most people get the “Showroom Shine” full detail that starts at $175 and is based on the condition and size of the vehicle. A van detail starts at $210.

How often do you recommend a full detail, and why?

Ghani: Once or twice a year because of all of these allergens in the seating. For those allergy sufferers, I think they should have it done three times a year.

Kimbrough: At least twice a year; that will help maintain the finish of the car and keep the car clean inside and out.

Schruefer: I would say at least twice a year. 
Wax only lasts three to four months.

What’s your busiest season?

Ghani: January through April. When March and April come around, it’s pollen season 
and people want to remove allergens.

Kimbrough: Mainly the summer months, but it’s pretty busy year-round.

Schruefer: It’s normally the spring. You’ve got 
salt all over the vehicle. You’ve got mud and grime on the inside.

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