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What is Car Detailing

1. What is Car Detailing?

Getting your car detailed means a thorough cleaning of your vehicle using specialized tools and products.

Car detailing involves cleaning and reconditioning the interior and exterior of the car. The reason is to restore the paintwork by eliminating scratches or swirl marks to make the car look almost brand new once again.

A car wash removes dirt on the outside of your car, and if you clean the interior you might catch some of the dirt with a vacuum, but car detailing takes this process much further. Every car we detail has every last imperfection buffed, polished, or vacuumed out, leaving it looking new again.

You will see a great variety in terms of the services included in a complete detail. At Hunt's Mobile Detailing, our complete detail package consists of an exterior detailing using clay treatment and high-end products, an interior cleaning with stain removal and leather treatment as well as dressing on all the plastics.

2. What is the difference between a Auto Detailing and an Car Wash?

You know what car detailing is now, so we are going to show the differences between a car wash and auto detailing.

Aside from cost, which ranges from $20 to $50, a typical car wash only covers a fraction of the cleaning that you can get from a detail, and so only achieves a fraction of the result.

So what does a car wash include?

Most car washes take between three and ten minutes to go from washing to drying. A car wash can be done by hand or by a drive thru car wash that run bristles, soap, and water to clean your car’s exterior.

A car wash tends to be a superficial cleanse while an auto detail is more thorough.

3. What are the steps in Auto Detailing?

A car detailing consists of two main phases: exterior detailing and interior detailing. We are going to go through each phase so you know exactly what to expect when you get your vehicle detailed. Feel free to ask questions about the process, as most detailers love to share their art of detailing.

Exterior Car Detailing

We begin with an exterior wash to remove as much dirt and grime as possible. By allowing the soap to foam, dirt is softened and lifted off the paint.

Next, using special brushes and wheel cleaning products, the detailer takes off all the dust and filth from the wheels; tires, etc. The wheels are the dirtiest parts of the car!

After the wheels have been cleaned, the paintwork is washed and dried using washing mitts and soft microfiber towels. The paintwork is then clayed using a clay bar that removes the tightly bonded dirt of the surface of the car.

The paint is polished to eliminate any light scratches, swirl marks, and oxidation.This is the most time-consuming part of the detailing service depending on the state of the cars paintwork.

Finally, the paint is waxed or ceramic coated to give it an additional protective layer using high-quality wax. This added protection results in a noticeable shine.

The rubber parts, are then polished and cleaned, adding the finishing touches of the car’s body and exterior trim to make the entire car shine like new.

Interior Car Detailing

All of the upholstery is thoroughly vacuumed and shampooed to remove stains and dirt. If the car has leatherwork, this is conditioned and scrubbed to remove dirt that is deep.

4. What are the benefits of getting your car detailed?

A complete car detail will bring your car to looking like new. You can then perform small details to keep your car looking as good as new.

benefits of getting car detailed

Car Value

Keeping your car in good condition will help maintain or restore the value of your car. This is particularly true if you’re looking to sell your car in the future. You cannot get the same results from car washes. A good detailer will bring your car to its original beauty. Having a regular exterior and interior detail can increase your car's resale value by 10-15 percent!


When a wax coat is applied to the exterior painted surface, it protects the finish from contamination

Attention to Detail

Since detailing is an incredibly thorough process, you can expect the detailer to meticulously assess every crevice of your car to suggest solutions. You will not get this kind of personalized service at a car wash.

5. How much does a car detail cost?

You’re probably thinking ‘Alright, I’m sold… but I don’t know how much this is going to cost me’. Well, the size of your vehicle is a major factor in determining car detailing prices. So, a Ford Mini Van won’t cost the same as a Mustang .

A basic car detailing package ranges from $50 to $125 for an average sized vehicle, while an SUV or van tends to cost between $75 and $100. However, additional services like clay bar treatment, leather conditioning, and pet hair removal, as well as the quality of these products, can increase the cost.

Mobile Car Detailing Prices

You can expect to pay more for a mobile car detailing service since they come to your location at a convenient time. This saves you the trouble of having to drive to a detailing shop and wait around while your car is serviced. An average mobile auto detailing service takes between 2 hours to 3 hours.

For example, at Hunt's Mobile Detailing, our detailing packages range from $60 to $189. We offer many optional services that you can add to your package.

6. How to Choose a Car Detailing Service?

Now that you’ve decided to get your car detailed, and you know how much it’s going to cost you, you will need to do some research to figure out where to take your car. The quality and experience of the detailer makes all the difference here.

If it doesn’t work for you – your car, your needs, your vision So, we are going to give away our secrets to help you find the perfect detailer for your car.

Services Offered

Start by looking for a detailer that offers exactly the kind of services you’re looking for. If you’re looking to get rid of all the stains in your car but the company doesn’t offer stain removal then you’re not going to get the best results.


Car details can become very expensive quite quickly due to their use of high-quality cleaning products, and you will want to find someone that provides the service. A complete detail is worth the short-term investment, because of the long-term value it provides!


These days it is impossible to not look for reviews before making a decision, and it’s always a good idea to search on Facebook or Google to see what other customers have had to say about their experiences.

At Hunt's Mobile Detailing, we take pride in our customer satisfaction and we work hard to maintain our five-star rating on Google.


We understand that modern life can be incredibly busy and that taking your car to a washer is something that some people simply don’t have time to do. If that’s you, you should keep an eye out for our mobile car detailing services. We will come to your location, at home, and provide the same high-quality service you would get by driving to a detailing shop.

If you have any questions about auto detailing that you’d like to put to us after reading this, please contact us.

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