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You don't have to spend big bucks to keep your ride looking fresh. Just $50 can make a huge difference. For around $100, your auto detailer may spend more time focusing on the exterior.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Having your car auto detailed is actually a pretty personal service. So, you want to talk to them about all of the specifics of your car, understand their experience and be sure to point out any areas that may need a little extra attention, like if the kids have left an ice cream cone in the back seat and you want to make sure that gets out.”
Ric Vega, Jimmy Buff-it’s Car Detailing: “We always ask all of our customers do you have any particular issues. The most common are dog hair, stains, spills, things like that. Certain parts of the exterior could have deeper scratches or they ran into some road paint.”
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Angie Hicks: "We've all had those experiences that we'd like to forget, and I think one member's story is a perfect example. She left the top down on her convertible overnight. Well, lo and behold, it rained, and she had a mildew smell throughout her car. She ended up spending about $200 to have her car detailed to get that smell taken out."
Ric Vega: “So, we could either get the inside looking as good as it possibly can, which does take about a full day, or do an exterior detail. The sealant’s included in that as well, but we would also be buffing and polishing. Remove all the surface scratches. Get the exterior looking as good as possible. We would do a hand wash. We would also apply a hand wax, clean the windows, the wheels. I’d also do a quick vacuum on the interior of the vehicle and give it a quick wipe down on the dash.”
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For a little less than $200, many auto detailers offer a complete interior or exterior detail.
Ric Vega: “Instead of the wax, we would give it a hand wash, a clay bar treatment, which removes all the bonded service contaminants on the vehicle — bits of tar, bugs, just other things like that. And then we would apply a synthetic sealant.”
A deluxe auto detail — which includes every step of a full interior and exterior detailing — typically costs more than $250. You’ll likely pay extra if you drive a large truck or SUV, or even a black vehicle.
Ric Vega: “Oftentimes, if we’re working on a black vehicle, there could be a $30 surcharge. Black shows every minor imperfection in the exterior. So, we just have a couple of extra steps that are involved to ensure that we get it looking as good as possible.”
Regardless of what you plan to spend, Angie’s List says make sure your expectations are clear.
Hicks: "Typically, auto detailing is a one-day job, so if you are gonna be leaving it overnight, make sure you check out the surroundings. Make sure it's well secured and has good lighting, and is in good condition."
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