Car Detailing Prices
Welcome to the Car Detailing Prices of Auto Fetish Detail...
If you are shopping price only, likely we will not be the service for you. If you shop value instead of price, then most likely we are for you! If you are unsure of this distinction, then you need to become both an informed consumer as well as an informed car owner by learning the difference between cost and value:
Shopping Value with Car Detailing Prices
Darren's Direct Approach:
"As owner of Auto Fetish Detail I have learned much in the course of my 25+ year career as a professional detailer here in Orange County, CA. In a world of ever-increasing technology, I still prefer the direct, candid, and honest approach in answering your questions and operating business. While I have taken great lengths to provide more than enough information so that you can make an informed decision, I still welcome a direct phone call to answer any of your questions that may still arise. My direct phone number is located on every page in both the header and footer.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!"
Gold Service Detail
The truth is that every car is truly unique and a "one size fits all" approach to detailing is unrealistic. The reality is that a seasoned professional like myself could literally spend an entire week detailing your car to complete perfection. This is both unrealistic and inappropriate for virtually everyone and every car.
I have found that the Gold service is both the appropriate and realistic approach for 98% of all my customers. If you accept the fact that not only is every car different in size, color, and condition, then you can understand how detailing is truly not a "one size fits all" kind of moment.
Experience has taught me that every person comes to the table with very different understanding of what detailing is and what it entails. For some people, it is more like a glorified wash and wax. For others, it means restoring a car to mint condition regardless of time and effort required to do so.
Gold Service Detail Menu:
- Decontamination of paint and glass surfaces. (this is when use of detailing clay, or the "clay bar" is used to remove embedded contaminates that become stuck to your cars paint and glass surfaces)
- Degrease and dress wheel wells.
- Clean/degrease door jambs, door sills, etc.
- Removal of road tar.
- Complete detailing of rocker panels from all road grime.
- Clean wheels including inside wheel barrels if applicable. (Not possible on all car wheels. Please inquire when calling. Brake dust will eventually become a permanent fixture to the inside of your wheels if allowed to remain long enough. A case by case decision will be made with you at time of appointment regarding this issue.)
- Degrease and dress tires.
- Wax/seal paint.
- Clean windows.
- Complete vacuum including trunk.
- Meticulously clean, shampoo, and detail all interior materials and surfaces including but not limited to: floor mats, carpeting, seating, door panels, cubby-holes, dash gauges, vents, etc., etc.
- Heavy duty cleaning of all interior leather.
- Removal of all door entry scuff/skid marks due to transfer from shoes, etc. (actual damage of interior materials cannot be "cleaned away")
- Leather conditioning using light, non-greasy, non-shiny leather treatment. (some black interiors will reveal a subtle shine when treated)
- Clean windows
Cars/Mini-trucks: Starting at $350.00
Black/dark cars: $Starting at $400.00
Small Suv's/Mini-vans/Mini trucks (Plus-cabs): Starting at $400.00
Black/dark small SUV's/Mini-vans/X-tended cabs: Starting at $450.00
Full-sized SUV's/Vans/Trucks: Starting at $500.00
Black/dark full-sized SUV's/Vans/Trucks: Starting at $550.00
Darren's Note: The critical part of my car detailing prices is that I give a starting point. The obvious reason is that not all cars are created equal just as not all cars are equally dirty.
I have an exceptionally critical eye, trained to dissect the tiniest of nuances and find that most people don't require that level of service in which most people lack the ability to discern the difference. This is a kind way of saying that "if you can't appreciate, understand, or see it, then why pay for it". Also the packages above will accommodate 98% of my customer base with the last 2% being unique individuals with a hyper-critical eye who truly demand and can appreciate the endless nuances and details that most people would glaze over.
I am a flexible individual and understand that ultimately I not only work for you, but it is your world, your money, and your car. When I show up for our scheduled detail appointment I will spend the initial first few minutes to look over and discuss any specific concerns you may have and assess your top priorities along with your specific budget.
With every car there are always areas or ways in which to save some time and money if you as the car owner are not overly concerned with these areas; a trunk is one such example. And as a person, you may simply prefer to stick to an exact budget and allow me to deliver the best service based on your budget and particular areas of concern. As a rule, I operate though it is my car and my money being spent, and deliver service accordingly.
Once again, I always perform with the goal to develop long term relationships and over-delivering has always proven to be effective strategy for this.
Additional Items to Consider that will affect pricing:
- Pet hair. (this can be a nightmare to deal with and largely depends on the type of fabric and the actual pet hair)
- Cigarette smoker. (cigarette smoke will/can greatly increase the amount of time to properly clean and deodorize your cars interior. No single solution can completely remove the residual smell of cigarette smoke.)
- Heavy duty headliner cleaning. (As a rule, headliners and sun visors are spot cleaned. If your headliner is exceptionally dirty, additional cost may be required.)
- Excessive dirt. (One persons idea of clean is another persons description of filth. Excessive liquid spills and dirt will be duly noted and may require additional expense.)
- Convertible cars. (If you own a convertible and actually drive with the top down, the same dirt and dust that collects on your paint also collects and accumulates on the inside of your car adding a greater level of dirt that must be cleaned in the interior detailing process. This may result in additional cost of the detailing process.)
- If your car is 5 years and older.
- Your car has been detailed by a low budget detailer that has applied industrial strength dressing to the interior that has now accumulated dirt and dust in the interim. This will require extra effort in order to clean this greasy, dirty build-up as a result from using a cheap detail service. (most commonly found at your local car wash)
Please note the following for additional Information regarding car detailing prices:
- Convertibles: add an additional $25-$50 to the noted prices depending on condition of car. (Why
you ask? Well, you see all that dirt that accumulates on the outside of
your car? When you have a convertible and actually drive with the
top down, that same dirt accumulates on the inside and makes your
convertible that much more difficult when detailing the inside of your
car. This is a case by case judgement call that we will assess both over the phone and time of appointment.)
- Cash only for any first time customers. (yes, once again, the few have ruined it for the many!)
to maximize your spending dollar with Auto Fetish?; have your car washed
a day or two prior to our appointment time. Yes you read that correctly! This way you pay us to do
what we do best and that is professional detailing, not car washing. The
reality is that any detail job will require any superficial dirt to be
removed or washed prior to any real detail work can be
performed. This is not required, just a suggestion if you like to get the most out of your money with our services. Most people appreciate the concern we take in advising you on how to get the most for your money; one of many ways we strive to ever-increase the value we deliver as a company!.
Just What is Auto Detailing?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for a more comprehensive list of commonly asked questions to become even further informed.
First Timers: If you are new to the world of auto detailing, you may be asking yourself just what is auto detailing?
Detailing in a simplified explanation is the art and science of putting your car back into showroom condition; you know, just like the day you bought it brand new! ( or better than the day you bought it if you happen to have bought a previously owned car) This involves polishing, waxing, shampooing, vacuuming, cleaning, scrubbing, etc., etc. What ever it takes to restore your car back to that show-room like condition.
All Detail Customers:
Aside from the specifics I lay out within the pages of these car
detailing prices, people still want to hear more of a descriptive view
of what exactly is in a detail. I will simply speak from experience that
draws from over 25 years of professional detailing:
- If your
car is considered dirty, (your wife/husband thinks it's dirty, your
neighbor thinks it's dirty, everyone agrees it is dirty, and you have
suddenly come to the awareness yourself that indeed your car is dirty), then imagine it extremely clean; just like the
day you bought it brand new kind of clean! From making your paint feel
silky smooth and shiny, to everything in your cars interior being
cleaned and detailed; seating, carpeting, floor mats, threshold plates,
vents, gauges, dash, cubby holes, etc., etc. You get the point; your car
looks showroom fresh once again.
- While we offer different levels of car
detailing prices, the reality is that not all cars are created
equal and not all cars are equally dirty. With that said, we always
strive to over-deliver. But we cannot over-deliver on unrealistic
expectations. Part of my professional service is to manage peoples'
expectations. If your car is what is considered excessively dirty, we
can still maintain the pricing schedule from above, but will have the ability to
pick and choose as to what will make the most impact based on you, your expectations, priorities, and budget. For this reason I ask numerous
questions when scheduling appointments and this helps me assess you and
Key Points To Consider as a Potential Customer:
- How old is your car and how many miles are on it? The older/more miles on it the more likely it is to lean towards the dirty side of clean.
- Have you ever had, or when was the last detail job performed on your car?
- Does your paint have visible problems that concern you such as scratches, swirl marks, spider-webbing, etc.
- Do you smoke in your car?
- Do you allow pets in your car and have pet hair through-out your car?
- Any significant liquid spills or stains in your car's interior?
- Excessively dirty leather?
- Do you have multiple kids with their accompanying food and drink spills?
- Have you driven through wet road paint and have paint splatter along the side of your car?
- Have you driven through fresh road tar and have excessive black road tar splatter along your car's paint?
- Do you have paint over-spray on the outside of your car?
Any of the above listed conditions or variables may or may not effect the final price of your detail service. Once again for these reasons I ask initial questions on the phone when scheduling appointments.
I am simply trying to assess your particular situation so together we can conclude the most appropriate service for you and your world.
What we often hear at Auto Fetish from our Customers:
- Wow, my car looks amazing!
- My car didn't look this good the day I bought it.
- I didn't realize my car was so dirty.
- This is the best money I have spent in a long time!
- (Insert your favorite hyperbole, appropriate adjective, and/or statement here.)
Additional Car Detailing Prices:
See the below sections regarding additional services that may be a different area of car detailing in general, or are what is considered add on's to the above car detailing prices.
Auto Engine Detailing
As a rule, an additional charge of $35-$50 to degrease/detail your engine in addition to the quoted car detailing prices from above. But just like car detailing in general, numerous factors should be taken into consideration when assessing whether you want your car engine detailed. I can do a quick degreasing and call it quits, or I can spend the time to detail the underside of the hood and meticulously detail not only the engine itself, but the surrounding bay area.
Rock Chip Repair
$100.00- $150.00 per car (average cost per car, truck, SUV)
It's a jungle out on the roads here in southern California and no where does this show more than the front end of your car. With strategic use of custom mixed car touch-up paint, the front end as well as your entire car can be touched-up so these annoying marks will become virtually undetectable when viewing from normal viewing distances. Not to be confused with traditional factory car touch-up paint that creates that unwanted bird-dropping effect, today's car touch-up paint methods are far superior.
For a more comprehensive list of services and pricing for the following:
- Rock chip repair
- Bumper repair
- Road Rash repair
Please see the following page Auto Paint Chip Repair
Paint correction is simply the process of improving the condition and appearance of your cars paint through the use of various polishes, polish pads, and buffers. While many horror stories of car buffers spread from one ignorant person to another, the truth is that paint correction should be left to professionals with years of experience.
It is not car buffers that damage car paint, but the person behind the buffer. Anyone who insists they only do car polishing by hand is either ignorant or unskilled; and probably both. Most of you reading this will require no additional paint correction services and the "Gold Service Detail Package" will work for most of you reading this.
If you are currently un-happy with the overall look of your car paint, paint correction services is the only way to permanently change the overall beauty and appearance of your cars paint. Yes, decontaminating and waxing the paint will absolutely enhance the beauty and appearance of your paint, but it will not remove the micro-scratching, spider-webbing, swirl marks, holograms, etc., etc.
For those of you with a critical eye, we can raise the level of your paint to any level of perfection you require. Regardless of the reason, we can improve the visual perfection of your car's paint through skilled use of polishing techniques.
Car Paint Spider Webbing:
The picture at the bottom is an example of what is referred to as spider-webbing effect. The left is before paint correction, the right is after professional paint correction has been done through extensive car polishing techniques. (Yes, the picture just below and at the right is the same actual paint and shows you what truly flawless black paint should look like in the direct sun light. The bold white line separating the two sides is simply masking tape laid down to separate the two sides.)
Car paint Swirl Marks:
The picture at the bottom is an example of what is referred to as swirl marks, buffer tracks, or holograms. These are created through improper use of high-speed car polishers and ironically enough, can only be truly removed through the use of proper car buffer techniques.
Maintenance detailing is different than traditional auto detailing services and will have different pricing from the car detailing prices found here. You can see what I charge for the very popular service of detail maintenance programs. This service leaves your car in detailed shape every time I come and perform my professional detailing magic. If you are looking to maintain your car in showroom shape, maintenance programs are the way to go.
For a more comprehensive description of boat detailing prices, please go to Boat Detailing of Orange County.
Traditional boat detailing: $15-$20.00 per foot based on condition; this includes inside, outside, and trailer. (Gel coat/ fiberglass polishing or restoration is extra and is by quote only.)
If it makes you feel better, I use only the most expensive, and most durable, marine grade sealant on boats. The industry is full of hype and misrepresentation and for this reason, I simply add this description for anyone that needs a little extra confidence based on the endless marketing and advertising that does as much disservice to the industry as it does good.
For a more comprehensive description of RV detailing, please go to RV Detailing of Orange County. Prices are based on condition and services wanted.
If it makes you feel better, I use only the most expensive, and most durable, marine grade sealant on all RV's, etc. (which also happens to be the same, most expensive and most durable sealant I use on all the cars I do)
The Fine Print
Smart people always read the fine print of car detailing prices.
If you really are among the smart people as I know you are, then click on the link to take you to the fine print of my car detailing prices.
If you really like to cut to the chase, I say just call! I promise to answer any of your questions in a candid and honest way and help you decide the best decision for you and your world. I promise I am both friendly and polite!
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