I was asked this very thing the other day when i was talking to a friend of mine. I asked him why he hasn't called me to detail his truck. The answer I got was not too suprising--"you are too expensive". He went on to explain that there was a guy in another town that did his truck for $100 - a "full detail". Hmm...Ok, but what does a "Full Detail" really mean? In his mind a full detail was a wash & wax, wheels, tires, glass, vacuum, carpet and doorjamb cleaning.
Okay, off to a good start - but not for $100, and It is most certaily not a "full detail".
This is very typical of the garage detailer. Nothing againt them at all, I was one too! But when you are paying somone to detail your vehicle - know what you are getting. A true, "Full Detail" should include at least the following: (My "Chief" Premium Detail)
Wash & dry, clean wheels& tires, clean doorjambs, trunk gutters, underhood gutters, engine detail, trunk vacuum & clean, fuel fill door and cap, paint correction and wax*, express paint sealant, tire shine, plastic and trim dress and UV protect, interior full vacuum, clean / extract all mats, clean / extract carpet, clean / extract fabric seats, clean and condition leather seating and surfaces, spot clean headliner, steam clean interior, door panals, cup holders, ashtray(s), console areas, dash and vents. Dress / UV protect all interior surfaces. Glass cleaning inside and out, re-vacuum, odor treatment to HVAC system, finial interior and exterior inspection and touch-up.
This is s good, all inclusive "full detail". I said good - not perfect. I will take around 5-6 hours to do this type of service on your typical daily driver. The paint correction listed is a one-step or All-In-One (AIO) process. I get very good results with the products I use.
There is a very defined split between the finished side and the unfinished side. The AIO gets 60-70% of "swirl" marks and light to moderate scratches out of your paint. I can go well beyond a AIO to get true paint perfection...(a topic for another time) but the vast majority of my customer do not need or want that type of service. And I really don't even offer it on your daily driver vehicles, It would eliminate the "Value" of my services.
So to wrap up this post, I just want to bring home one point really - know what you are getting if you go with the $100 special down the street. Remember, I have been detailing for over 20 years and use only professional grade, enviromentaily friendly products. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have...email@example.com