Many of my clients are aware of the time, skill, and expense involved that separates a higher level detail from a lower tier detail. Whether you are considering Mirror Reflections Auto Spa or searching for a reputable option in another region, this is a good resource to learn from.
Although there are other variables in quoting a service these are some of the most significant and common variables in pricing. For exterior detailing, size and often more importantly curvature (in regards to polishing) are factors in the quoted price. The amount and variety of dirt and grime are factors in creating a quote for a interior detailing service. Presence and amount of dog hair is also a significant factor in the price.
It most often ranges from one to five days, depending on the service. Occasionally special projects will take even longer to detail. A ceramic coating application and even a dedicated paint sealant is going to be a more meticulous process than your consumer spray on products that last a month. Polishing, particularly paint correction, is a very time consuming process. This often comes as a surprise to people who are not used to detailing or only experienced local car wash performing detailing services.
Contrary to common assumptions, it is extremely rare for a car to leave a dealership in pristine condition. The mode of travel exposes vehicles to environmental contaminants. Dealership prep and maintenance work often adds swirl marks to the vehicle due to improper techniques and an approach to detailing that sacrifices quality for volume. Just like you would prefer an auto mechanic who specializes in auto repair, you would want a licensed professional auto detailer addressing the cosmetic needs of your car. This is especially the case with luxury and exotic cars. Ferraris and Bentleys are often delivered to you with blemishes in the paint. The more hand built (I.e., the more touched) the car the more issues often arise that need detailing to correct.
I make it a point to ask if you have any concerns or requests with respect to social media concerns. I do have some clients who have various levels of concern with respect to their name or vehicle shown publicly.
The typical client is more knowledgeable than average with respect to detailing. They see their cars as more than just a vehicle to take them from one location to another. Their cars are a extension of their personality.
We are often amazed when we see the major transformation of a car after it has been detailed. What is often underestimated is the time, skill, cost of premium products, and knowledge to utilize different approaches for each vehicle in order to yield an amazing result. It is the many steps performed with consistent excellence that distinguishes a great detailing from an average detailing and a good enough to a very unpleasant experience.
Another issue that is often not talked about is the lack of credentials required during modern times to mandate a business being legitimate, providers have suitable training, and to provide false claims about products and services. Running a business the right way is very expensive. Being properly trained on exterior and interior detailing is expensive. Providing a quality result is also supposed to take time.
1.) Experience detailing at a high level.
2.) Passion for their craft.
3.) Generosity and enthusiasm in communicating their expertise.
4.) A price and turnaround time that is not too good to be true.