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Professional Car Detailing—What to Look For

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Quality auto detailing is much more than just washing and waxing your vehicle. The focus on detailing is to restore your car to its original condition. You can detail your car yourself, but a professional detailer will have all the right tools and methods to make your vehicle looks brand new. If you’re thinking of taking your car to a detailer, here are a few things to consider.

The Cost

If you hire a professional detailing company, it’s likely that you’ll avoid damage to your vehicle and protect the value of the car. Detailing includes washing, waxing and meticulous cleaning on the inside and outside of the car. These services can be expensive, but don’t necessarily have to be.

Consider that the detailing services performed by a professional will retain the resale value of your car, which can prove to be an investment. Basic washes and interior cleaning can be less than $100. Exterior and interior detailing can cost a few hundred dollars, and more advanced services like ding repair or paint color correction could cost thousands of dollars.

Your Car’s Value

A car that has been maintained well demands a high selling price. Potential buyers will see less wear and tear and be more inclined to purchase your vehicle when you’re ready to sell. People generally like to purchase a car with a “new car” feel, and if you’ve been making sure your car looks great, it may not take as long for you to sell it when the time is right. Of course, you’ll also want to have your car professional detailed so that you’ll feel prouder and more at ease when driving it.

If you’ve leased your car, you may also be charged more if you haven’t kept up the function and appearance of the vehicle. So, professional detailing could save you money in the long run.

The Convenience of Detailing

Professional detailing can save you time and money in some cases. When you leave the detailing up to skilled individuals, this can be convenient for you, since detailing can be time-consuming. A number of detailing facilities will offer pick-up and drop-off services, or mobile detailing, so you may not even have to leave your home.

Finally, you’ll have peace of mind when your car looks great. Spills and accidents happen. When you have stains on your interior, professional cleaning can give you the assurance of knowing that your car will be clean and presentable. Detailers will be able to use high-grade cleaning solutions and the right attention to detail that will keep your vehicle looking stellar.