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How much will it cost to get my car detailed?

Agh yes, the most important and frequently asked question, How much will my vehicle cost? Well to keep it short, It depends.

The reason I say that is because there are many different variables to a detail. It depends on the size of the vehicle, the condition of the vehicle, what exactly you want cleaned, what steps you'd like a detailer to take, etc. It is very difficult to give an exact dollar amount to a detail before laying eyes on it.

Most detailers have similar pricing but you can find someone that may be more expensive than others. The reason can be because they have more overhead, they need to dish out more money each month than someone detailing as a side business. They could also use more expensive products because it is easier to work with and does what it's supposed to do really well. The price of a detail doesn't always have to be reflected in how dirty your car is, so keep that in mind when working with someone.

Another thing that can affect your detail bill is the size and condition of the vehicle. It's definitely the most important variable, I mean the bigger and dirtier it is the more time a detailer has to spend on cleaning it.


How Much Will My Vehicle Cost?

Well, the answer is somewhere between $80-$600. If you decide to go with a paint correction as well it can get all the way up to $2,000+. To know exactly what your vehicle will cost you'll have to call up your local detailer and request a quote. But wait, before you do that you need to think about the condition of your vehicle and answer these questions before requesting a quote.

Do you have dog hair on the carpet?

Are your seats clothe or leather?

Are there stains on the carpet or seats?

Did you spill something on the trim pieces?

When was the last time you got your car detailed or did it yourself?

Do you want any protection added like leather conditioner or trim coating?

Is there sand in the carpet?


Every question here is very good to keep in the back of your head when you're calling up your detailer because they will be asking most of these questions. An even better approach to getting a quote for your vehicle is to send pictures if they accept them because yah know "pictures speak a thousand words". Being prepared for a phone call is going to make everyone's life easier and cause fewer headaches at the end of the day.



Let's talk about why detailing can get expensive.


let's say it's your first time thinking about getting your SUV detailed. you don't really know the price range so you can't estimate how much your vehicle will cost. You call up your local detailer to get a quote and they throw a $300 price tag at you. You drop to your knees and start crying... Well, not actually but you're surprised. Maybe at first, you're angry because you feel like you're being ripped off. So, you call up another detailer, and boom another $300 price tag. You're not really sure why, you're thinking "Why is this so expensive I only have 3 golden retrievers and eat lunch in my car". Well, surely that's why...


I want you to fully understand why a detailer can charge so much and most of the time you aren't being ripped off. Instead of writing long sentences about why it can cost so much, I will leave bullet points instead.


  • Can take an extended amount of time

  • Expensive Tools and Products

  • Experienced detailers are more valuable

  • Labor-intensive and personalized Work

  • Can increase the resale value



After reading that list you should have a slight understanding of why a detail costs as much as it does. Detailing can be a very labor-intensive job and it is not meant for everyone, Some details can take up to 10 hours to get done which can cause a lot of strain on your body.


At the end of the day, getting a detail is completely your decision and you aren't obligated to get one. If you think it's too expensive you can always do it yourself and if you think it's a good price and don't have the time to clean your car a detailer is always an option. I hope this article helped you figure out why a detail costs as much as it does.


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