We all wish we had a car like the one above. But even if you don’t taking good care of your cars paint and trims can help to hold a cars value as well as give you a sense of pride on the road.
If you’re not keen on car detailing yourself, you could take your car to a professional service where your vehicle will be cleaned of road grime and dirt, inside and out. The process will help keep your car in great condition and retail its resale value to an extent. Here is what you should look for in a car detailing service.
Exterior Trim, Headlights, and Taillights
Many services apply a polishing compound to taillights and headlights and then properly seal them with a plastic sealant.
A car’s paint is delicate, and most services will use a three step process to clean and protect the paint surface. Cleaning consists of washing and drying the car, followed by applying a clay bar application to remove contaminants and dirt. Once that’s done, the paint is polished to remove fine scratches and swirls.
Wheels and Chassis
The undercarriage of the car will be cleaned with the rest of the exterior. This includes the wheel wells, control arms, and anti-roll bars.
The Engine Bay
This is an important part of car detailing. The engine bay needs to be lightly misted with water and cleaned with a de-greaser. Once rinsed and properly dried, the rubber, silicone, and plastic components should be dressed to protect from cracking.
Interior Car Detailing
This will usually include cleaning of the carpets and seats with a steam cleaner or shampoo. Vinyl and plastic will be cleaned and dressed and leather will be conditioned.
Choosing a Service
Choosing a car detailing service should be done carefully. Take a look at the company’s testimonials from former customers. Be sure to check out the review page to get the recommendations you need to make the best decision. Furthermore, shop around for the company who can provide you with the service you really want. Many companies are affiliated with businesses that certify their reliability and responsibility. This means you are assured a reliable detailing company who can meet all your needs. These businesses typically advertise their services via their affiliates, and also validate their services and products.
A Few General Things to Consider
No matter what your car detailing requirements are, you will be able to find the ideal car detailing service for your specific requirements. If you plan on using the same business for repeat service, or even a fleet of vehicles, talk to them about a frequent-user type of discount or even a standing account. Some car detailing services are more than happy to reward their loyal customers with favorable discounts, coupons, and the odd special or two, such as free fluid checks or oil changes.
Service, of course, is important. It is the perks that the business you opt for offers that could very well steer you in the direction of becoming a regular customer. Remember to talk to the manager about any benefits they may offer for repeat business, you may just be pleasantly surprised!
Thanks for reading and I hope you got something out of this post. maintaining the integrity of your paint and the cleanliness of your car is important for both resale value and appearance.
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