Many people that we run into who have not had their cars professionally detailed before and as a result don’t fully know everything that goes into the process. Understanding some basic facts will help you successfully select a professional detailer and package that is right for you.
Let’s start first with some Professional Detailing facts:
1. 90% of Auto Detailing Companies are not chains but small businesses that support local communities and hire local talent. So, when you are getting your car detailed, you are not only supporting a small business but also your community.
2. Professional Detailing has been around longer than actual cars. Carriages used to be treated with car wax manufactured from animal fat predating the 1800’s. This treatment repelled water and kept carriages looking cleaner longer when dusty roads were the only option. About 100 years later, Simoniz became a company.
3. The industry has been quickly evolving to keep up with the number of cars on the road and increased interest in protecting our second biggest investment after our houses. As a result, there are a lot of new products, techniques, and advancements in protective coatings for your car.
So, let’s just say it’s a great time to be alive if you love your car and want to keep it safe and protected. That being said, it is important to do your research to be sure that the detailer you choose is professional and most importantly trained on the latest trends and tech shaping the industry. The number one way to do this, in my opinion, is to check their Google Business Listing AND their Website. Here you will be able to find review information and use their website to learn more about their business, background, and available services. Starting here will be your best bet for finding a detailer that will suit your needs with no hidden surprises.
A better understanding of what services they offer will also help you choose which detailing package is right for you. Most start with a basic hand wash option and believe it or not, Chicago Auto Pros (Chicago, IL) has a $10,000 detailing package that they highlight in THIS video. Crazy, right?! When you call the detailer for the first time, it should feel more like a doctor’s visit and less like a sales call. The best detailers will ask thoughtful questions about you and your vehicle to understand what is needed so they can diagnose and recommend the best solution for your needs. A feeling of being “sold” is a big red flag!
In our next post, we will share more about the detailing process and the work that is actually performed when you purchase a detailing package.