• Richard Donlevy

5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Car Detailer

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

If your looking for a detailer to address some issues on your car or give it a "makeover", it's safe to say that your serious about you car, but who isn't?

Choosing the right professional to detail you car can be a tough decision,

There are a number of factors to consider, and being your pride and joy, the last thing you want is for someone to destroy your paintwork!

Don't get me wrong, car detailing is an expensive solution to paint defects, but some say buying a car is the 2nd most important purchase of your life, right after your home.

So it's super important to take care of. Especially if you love your car and want to keep the paintwork healthy.

Detailing isn't just a quick job around your local valeting garage, it's a highly skilled and crafted process used to keep your car in prime condition for time to come.

Now, the title "detailer" tends to float around a lot these days, and you need to be careful when choosing who to take care of your car.

There are plenty of people out there who claim to be a detailer but don't posses the high level of skill and equipment needed to perform such a job.

So, taking all that into consideration here are;

5 Things to consider when choosing a car detailer:


Everyone looks around to find the best deal, that's a given, but be careful as some businesses may charge a lot less than others.

And as with any professional service, a significantly lower price range usually indicates a lot lower level of care, commitment, and skill involved in the process.

You also may not know, but the correct tools and products used to professional detail a car, come with a hefty price tag,

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so if someone is charging a lot less than their competitors, i think it's safe to say a substandard level of tools are being used.

And you know don't need us to tell you that the cheaper the products used, the lower the quality of output.

Car detailing is also an incredibly long process when performed correctly, so for someone to charge so little could also mean they're not spending as much time on the vehicle as they should be.

If a business gives you a quote without even seeing your car this should also set off alarm bells.

Even if the business is just asking for a photo, this is perfectly normal,

but when a quote is given without any knowledge of what works needs to be done and what the car looks like, don't expect a professional detailer to give you a price over the phone.

Remember, if your vehicle has specific problems or something that we wouldn't usually expect, this can result in higher costs, and may require extra time for the work to be carried out.

Which inevitably increases the cost.

Long story short, is is always important to price shop, but as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for", and i know here at Black Country Detailing, our prices are justified.

Just see for yourself...

2. Tools

As we mentioned above, a professional detailer should always have a set of high quality tools.

Cheap sets, or just generally people who have little knowledge of tools, won't leave your car in the pristine condition that was promised.

For example, a cheap buffer, or machine polish will leave your car with swirl marks or scratches, two things in which you paid to be removed.

Now we know a worker should never blame his/her tools, but at the end of the day, a car detail is a combination of a persons skill and the tools/products used.

A master piece can't be achieved with just a bucket and sponge now can it?

3. Time

A full detail on a vehicle, interior and exterior, can take anywhere around a few days to complete,

so any "professional" who tells you the job can be done in an hour, no doubt offers a poor quality service.

Time tends to go hand in hand with the cost of the service, the longer the job takes, the more it will cost.

And the longer a job takes, the more care the detailer takes with your vehicle.

That being said, don't let anyone take you for granted and claim the job will take longer than expected, make sure you grab a few quotes before you go ahead to make sure everything seems in order.

It's not just a full detail however, that takes an enormous amount of time,