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How Much Does Auto Detailing Cost?

 
low costWax and Wash: $20-$150+average costStandard Detailing: $100-$300+high costDeluxe Detailing: $150-$500+
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An auto detailer uses specialized products and tools (such as a buffer) to meticulously clean, polish and protect every part of a vehicle. This generally does not include painting or body repairs, but minor cosmetic touch-ups might be included. Consumers typically have a vehicle detailed when preparing to sell it; to maintain a vintage or luxury vehicle in pristine condition; or after auto body repairs.

Typical costs:

  • A basic hand-wash and -wax with interior cleaning typically costs $20-$150,depending on the make and model of vehicle. This generally takes from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the detailer, and might include a hand wash and chamois dry; hand waxing; vacuuming/blowing out the interior and trunk; minor bug and tar removal; cleaning the tires, rims and wheel wells; dressing the tires (applying a product that makes them look shiny, clean and new); and cleaning the windows & mirrors. For example, CostHelper readers report paying $40-$90 for a basic wash and wax, at an average cost of $72; Mobile Works Auto Detailing[1] in Chambersburg, PA, has a wash-wax-vacuum package for $75 for a car, $100 for a mid-size truck or SUV, $125 for a full-size truck or SUV, and $150 for a full-size van or large SUV.
  • Expect to pay $100-$300 or more for a standard auto detailing that typically takes two to five hours. The process includes the basic wash, wax and interior cleaning. It may also include clay bar cleaning[2] to remove embedded surface contamination; cleaning door jambs and wiper blades; machine buffing and polishing the exterior; cleaning all vents, gauges and knobs; cleaning and dressing/conditioning interior vinyl or leather; cleaning seatbelts, headliner, steering wheel, column and console; and degreasing and cleaning the engine compartment and underbody. For example, CostHelper readers report paying $155-$160 for a mid-range detailing, at an average cost of $136; Shine & Style Mobile Detail[3] in Raleigh, NC, offers a Full Detail Econo Package (3.5-4.5 hours) for $195 for a car or $245 for an SUV or van.
  • A deluxe auto detailing can cost $150-$500 or more, and can take four to 18 hours, depending on the detailer and the condition of the vehicle. The process can include every step of a full interior and exterior detailing with high-end materials and products, plus close attention to every detail, including cosmetic touch-ups. CostHelper readers report paying $150-$300 for a complete auto detailing, at an average cost of $233. Shine & Style Mobile Detail[4] in Raleigh, NC, has an Ultimate Detail package for $375 for a car or $475 for an SUV or van.
What should be included:
  • CarsDirect.com describes services that might be included[5] in a complete car detailing service.
Additional costs:
  • There can be additional fees of $10-$100 for extra services or if some areas need additional cleaning. For example, Painless Auto Detailing[6] in Denver, CO, charges $35 and up for dog hair removal, and $74-$88 for smoke removal. If it's not included in the package, Mobile Works Auto Detailing[7] in Chambersburg, PA, charges $15 for clay bar cleaning, $24 for an engine shampoo or $30 to Scotch Guard carpet or upholstery.
Discounts:
  • Many detailing businesses offer discounts for pre-paid services or multi-vehicle customers, either as dollar amounts ($5-$50) or percentages (5%-50%). For example, for every $100 that is prepaid on its VIP card Riverhead Auto Wash[8] in Riverhead, NY, offers a $10 credit plus 10% off any purchase; and Karmichael Auto Salon[9] in Washington discounts 15% off a second vehicle (within the same calendar month) for all full-service packages.
  • Detailing services with a fixed location, like a car wash, may offer free pickup and delivery of the vehicle.
  • CarsDirect.com offers Do-it-yourself detailing tips[10] . Basic supplies like buckets, cleaners and wax can cost $5-$100 or more, depending on what is needed. A car wax buffer can cost $30-$120 or more, and Jorgen's Shine Shop[11] offers DIY kits for $33-$250.
Shopping for auto detailing:
  • Auto detailing services are typically offered at car washes, specialty stores and auto body repair shops, or by mobile companies using specialized trailers.
  • Ask to see photographs of recently detailed vehicles and ask how long the company has been in business. Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[12] .
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Lemonade Auto Stand
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: Shannon Wynne in Naples, FL.Posted: August 25th, 2015 02:08PM
Detailer: Jeremy Webb
He was on time when he came to my office to detail my car offered me a Ice cold lemonade,with a smile as bright as a lemon! Every teeth in this guy mouth is Gold pretty impressive, very respectful. He educated me on the difference in car detailing,I chose a complete detail, which means a complete cleaning of the interior exterior and engine. He did a Great job and I will definitely recommend Lemonade Auto Stand!! As they would say Get your shine on! With Lemonade Auto Stand!
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Steam cleaning
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: sosusanb@me.com in Asheville, NC.Posted: August 4th, 2015 09:08PM
Detailer: A1 Auto Shine
07/ 25 /2015
139 Holland Ave
Asheville,NC 28802
828-252-2378
Excellent steam cleaning / odor removal job on front passenger seat and rear seats and floor board. Highly recommend!
90 minutes and well worth the $1 / minute charge . Looks better than when in purchased the car.
S.Beck
WNC
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Detailing
Amount: $145.00
Posted by: flower22 in Bay Shore, NY.Posted: June 7th, 2015 12:06PM
Car Make: mini vanCar Model:
Detailer: WHY WAIT AUTO DETAILING
Great job, Great people. Call looked better then when I bought it. They also did my headlights and came out like new. I will be calling them again
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De'lux'e Detailing
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: Raphael in Newport News, VA.Posted: February 2nd, 2015 07:02PM
Detailer: Benjamin
Went this shop in Va..Coming from Ny...Audi was horrible from road trip..I'm very picky about who Details my vehicle..Benjamin really did much more and a better job then those so called Professionals in Ny you see on YouTube...In threw in Free engine clean...I ve been there 4times now...De'lux'e Detailing is highly recommended if your on NN.Va..
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Detailing in Salt Lake City Utah
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: chris worthen in salt lake city, UT.Posted: July 28th, 2014 11:07AM
Detail in Salt Lake City Utah runs 124.99 and up depending on what exactly you get done. Check us out online at http://www.ExoticMobileDetailing.net
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Kandy\'s Detail
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: MurielR in Baltimore, MD.Posted: June 16th, 2014 08:06PM
Car Make: AnyCar Model: All
Detailer: ED
My car was very dirty,it needed a lot of work and lots of attention.ED at Kandy's Detailing came to my home and, cleaned my car like new.People thought that I had brought a new car.Nown that's what I call a great Detail.
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I am a detailer my price
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: mike collins in Covington, KY.Posted: May 12th, 2014 05:05PM
Car Make: mercadesCar Model: s65
Detailer: mike
We will hand wash and 3 step buff and clean carpet and hand wax for that price
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Best Detailing yet
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: jazz89 in TEHCAHPI, CA.Posted: March 16th, 2014 12:03PM
Car Make: ESCORTIONCar Model: 2001
Detailer: SERENITY CAR CARE
i was told the business was under new management and the workers are so polite. They were willing to work with me price wise, being a struggling single parent of two girls.The car looked and smelled brand new when i received it 3 hours later.Thanks SERENITY
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Amazing
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: Earlc in Memphis, TN.Posted: February 11th, 2014 06:02PM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Corvette
Detailer: Mr. Pride
Love their work, my 2011 corvette was looking better that is did when I bought it.
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auto detailing
Amount: $179.00
Posted by: a user in plymouth, MI.Posted: January 4th, 2014 04:01PM
Car Make: fordCar Model: mustang
Detailer: browns auto glazing and detail shop
family owned and operated dealt directly with the owner fantastic work!
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Auto Detailing
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: tous in east Islip, NY.Posted: November 13th, 2013 08:11AM
Car Make: 2012Car Model: cooper
Detailer: WHY WAIT AUTO DETAILING
Did a great job. very pro people
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Detailing cost whole sale used cars or retail users
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: BrownZ Detailing & Service in RALEIGH, NC.Posted: November 12th, 2013 07:11PM
Car Make: MercedesCar Model: ES350
Detailer: BrownZ Detailing Raleigh NC
wash clay wash wax an recon headlights, stain removal, odor removal, dirt an headliners,
1 local lot thought every job was $80 car truck suv an some think 25 an hour is good pay ? minus fuel, taxes, chemicals etc !!?? really .. folks see what He can do an love his work but rates change.. good to be busy but 1 lot gets a discount an loves the work done. New - Used or For Sale its an investment to take care of !! You get what you pay for .. cheap an fast isnt good and good an fast isnt cheap !!
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Man Cave Detail
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Ferrari Guy in Centennial, CO.Posted: August 11th, 2013 06:08PM
Car Make: FerrariCar Model: 360
Detailer: Brad
I had the guys from Man Cave Colorado wet sand my car to get rid of the orange peel in the paint. Seemed pretty expensive but it did turn out really good. I paid other detail shops a lot less but they are all a bunch of kids or thugs and do a sub par job.
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Auto detailing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Mr. Big in Austin, TX.Posted: August 3rd, 2013 02:08PM
The worth of an auto detailing job is highly subjective. First off is a detail job really worth $200 plus? Auto detailing is a luxury like buying jewelery. As for claying a car that to is subjective. Clay is good for removing impurities from the human skin but car paint? I think it's more of a marketing add on that does very little in reality.
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Claying A Car PArt of Real Detail
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: ProfF in haddonfield, NJ.Posted: May 11th, 2013 11:05AM
Car Make: MBCar Model: E350 Coupe
No real detail job is complete unless that car has been clay polished which is a lot of work. It is only after the claying part do you do the polish and wax. This quotes you use are for what I call quickie jobs which do not last. If you want a real professional job it will cost you north of $300 depending on the car and its condition.
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Suds Studs
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Brenda Stewart in Atlanta, GA.Posted: April 9th, 2013 05:04AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Sienna
Did not do a good job on interior. I do not recommend.
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We Come Clean Mobile Detailing
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Titan2805 in Boynton Beach, FL.Posted: March 24th, 2013 06:03AM
Car Make: BMWCar Model: 540I
Great job, They came right to my office and did mine and 2 co workers vehicles to perfection,
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auto detailing
Amount: $225.00
Posted by: Edward Brant in myrtle beach, SC.Posted: March 20th, 2013 11:03AM
Car Make: Mercedes BenzCar Model: 500
Best detailing I have ever seen.
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Poseidon's car wash & detail
Amount: $155.00
Posted by: a user in Clearwater, FL.Posted: November 5th, 2012 09:11AM
Car Make: VanCar Model:
They are mobile, it took him 2 1/2 hour for the tsunami detail. He wash, wax, clean and condition all, all of the interior. Also he deep steamed the carpet, mats, and the seats. He also did the same thing to the trunk. The van looked better then when I bought it. Will recommend him to others. Also he does referls too, so my next wash will be cheaper. Already have two people for him.
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Lot to Detailing a car
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Gary NC in Forest City, NC.Posted: May 5th, 2012 02:05PM
Car Make: AnyCar Model: all
After 25 years of experience in buying and selling cars wholesale detailing is a lot more than most people here consider. Depending on the paint the car could need a light water sanding, compound, polish, wax, pressure wash engine, strip the carpets and seats out and pressure wash, remove all trunk accessories and clean. Go over all gaskets, doors, trunk, etc. In other words no dirty item goes without attention, even pressure washing the underneath.
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Man Cave Detail
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Alan Sutherland in Golden, CO.Posted: January 29th, 2012 07:01PM
Car Make: FerrariCar Model: 430
It looks like I paid a lot more than most of the other shops charged, but the guys over at Man Cave Colorado did an outstanding job. They had over 10 hours polishing the paint but it came out absolutely perfect. Feel free to call them at 303-279-7333
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bullard car care
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: SANCLAIR SERROIS in boca raton, FL.Posted: October 11th, 2011 01:10PM
Car Make: BMWCar Model: 750LI
bullard car care is the best detail shop i have been to in a long time them guys take pride in what they do and the manager he came out and check my car over and made sure i was happy with the detail very nice gentleman
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Best Detailer In The Area
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Jim Phillips in Orlando, FL.Posted: August 2nd, 2011 02:08PM
Car Make: MercedesCar Model: Cls
Mike with DeMonaco Mobile Detailing has to be the best AUTO DETAILER in the area I tried other companies and they didnt even come close to the job Mike did on my car. He took the swirls out of my paint that the other guys put in. My car didnt even look this good when I took it off the showroom floor. Thanks
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Detailing in Orlando,FL and Winter Park,FL by Detail Meister
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Detail Meister in Orlando, FL.Posted: July 17th, 2011 12:07PM
Car Make: MitsubishiCar Model: Evolution X
Detailing in Orlando, Florida and Winter Park, Florida by Detail Meister. Paint correction, Car Detailing, Automotive Detailing
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Car detailing plus more
Amount: $159.99
Posted by: arilex in Wall Township, NJ.Posted: April 5th, 2011 10:04AM
Car Make: MercuryCar Model: Sable
My car looked run down and needed alot of attention...but when I brought it to The Hot Spot in Wall Twp New Jersey it came back looking almost brand new. They are great there and the prices are really reasonable.
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car detailer
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: jady in baltimore, MD.Posted: March 6th, 2011 01:03PM
Car Make: rangroverCar Model:
jr mobile car care(410-963-3807),cleaned a range rover, itlooked like a new car when it was finished. good good job.
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Exclusive Shine Mobile Detailing
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: Sean Williams in washington township, NJ.Posted: February 27th, 2011 05:02PM
Car Make: bmwCar Model: 550i
Exclusive Shine was the best detailing experience i have had. They came right to my home and did the inside and outside plus a hand wax and rims cleaned all for $90. They were professional and on time. They even washed down my driveway so all the chemicals and soap ruin my lawn! If you need a detail there email and phone number is ExclusiveShine@gmail.com (856)236-3950.
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Car Detailing Detail2u
Amount: $89.00
Posted by: Mike Moore in Des Moines, IA.Posted: February 20th, 2011 07:02PM
Car Make: BMWCar Model: 325i
He did a outstanding job and showed up on time and never stopped working. This guy is a must and he will be doing my car atleast 2 times a year. Detail2u is the real deal Can reach him from April 1st to 1 Nov (515) 556-0275
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