Is Professional Car Detailing Worth It?

Having your car professionally detailed is not just a luxury but also a worthwhile investment for many practical reasons. Learn about its benefits & tips.

Is Professional Car Detailing Worth It?

Having your car professionally detailed is not just a frivolous luxury, as some may think. It is a worthwhile investment for many practical reasons.

Regular detailing

is an excellent way to protect your vehicle from the elements and maintain its value. Plus, you get a clean and shiny car in the end.

Studies suggest that you can get up to 15% more than the average resale value of your vehicle if you have it detailed inside and out before putting it up for sale. Many large auto repair companies are usually quite busy and, from my experience, do not offer the same quality of service as smaller companies with 1 to 3 people. A study by the University of Nottingham showed that more than 51% of drivers drop food, allowing bacteria and viruses to grow. These kinds of “details” are usually not included in even the best car wash and wax package.

Any good car retailer should be able to offer this service, since clay is the only way to truly remove certain substances, such as metal particles. My typical wash days last about 2 hours, and then the car will look good until it rains, between 4 days and two weeks. We offer a variety of car detail packages for all makes and models, so we are sure to have the perfect option for you. For interior compounds, cleaners and cloths, an automotive detail kit is a practical way to start, like this kit from Meguiar's.

DIY car details can cost as much or as little as you want, as there are endless options for cleaning products and tools, such as shock absorbers for cars and vaporizers for upholstery. And while it may be a stretch to include your car in the personal appearance category, it can help maintain a brand (whether personal or not). In addition, I have found that mechanics, body shops and the like tend to treat you and your car better when it's clean and well maintained. True paint correction requires machines or sandpaper and can take longer than the two or four hours it usually takes to detail the exterior of a car.

I'm a big fan of supporting local mobile car sellers, but there are some good mobile apps if you want to get more details in the maintenance style. The exterior details are mainly focused on refining and protecting the paint, eliminating scratches, correcting swirls and chips, and repairing rust and rust. But when done correctly, detailing involves much more than just thoroughly washing the outside with wax and cleaning the inside. All that said, it's a good idea to have your vehicle detailed from time to time for aesthetic reasons, to protect its value and for your health or that of anyone traveling with you.

That's less likely to happen with mobile car detailing since the trained professionals sent to you only have to take care of your car.