We enlisted the help of our tech guru to find out Google’s top questions about car detailing. There happen to be quite a few of them! The onslaught of questions Google handles regarding car detailing has told us one thing – you have questions and you need answers. So, we’re compiling some of the most pressing questions the public have about car detailing and answering them over the coming months with our Frequently Asked Questions series.
Our series aims to be a one stop space for you to come to and get the answers you need, knowing that old adage is true – you learn something new every day.
When should I get my car detailed?
Since there are two ways to look at this question, we’re looking at it from the point of view of – at what stages of my car’s life should I get it detailed?
While it depends greatly on the type of car you have and what kind of life it’s living, as a general rule, we recommend regular detailing to keep it in tip-top shape, but there are a few specific times throughout a car’s life when we think that detailing is a must.
- When you’re selling your car
- Detailing your car can actually really help to get buyers interested and even potentially give you an opportunity to increase the asking price you were originally thinking of. People eat with their eyes and it’s no different when they buy. People can be more likely to purchase something that’s clean, detailed, and in excellent repair.
- When you’re heading for a business meeting
- If your car is used for business purposes, it’s not a bad idea to make sure it’s detailed on the outside and the inside, just in case you’re giving that prospective client a lift. Nothing screams unprofessional quite like a business vehicle that’s full of rubbish, old chip packets and what looks like evidence of some sort of police stake-out.
- Before first dates
- Make that special someone feel valued and appreciated by going to the extra effort of cleaning and detailing your car. Someone who has spent a good amount of time getting ready for a date might be none too pleased about squashing themselves in among the debris that our cars can often fill with. And what’s that smell? Old take-out perhaps?
- When appearance matters
- If you’re in a position where making a good impression counts, and appearance is vital, having your car as clean and polished as you are can make you stand out from the crowd and give you a head start among the competition. Whether you’re trying to land a client or want to impress your future mother-in-law, detailing your car can save you a lot of headaches.
How often should you get your car detailed?
When wondering how often you should get your car detailed, there are countless different answers. It can be difficult to say a set number of times you should get it cleaned within a year, because while one person may only drive their car rarely, another might take it rally driving every weekend.
The general rule is a minimum of two to three times per year, but if you like to live on the wild side with your car, or you have a big and busy family, you may find that detailing your car more often is what is right for you. At Clean Getaway, we can help you determine how often you should get your car detailed.
How often should you wash your car?
Most car professionals will say at least once every fortnight, but if you live in an area that’s salty (like the Sunshine Coast or other Coastal areas) you might want to consider washing it every week as salt and other particles in the air can erode and cause damage. Washing your car can be a great way to keep it clean and in good repair in between details, but there are some tips and tricks you might want to consider in order to ensure you’re not causing more harm than good. Consider taking the following handy tips into account:
- Make sure you’re using clean cloths for each job
- The last thing you want to do is use the same cloth or sponge for everything, because grit, particles and dirt can get stuck in the fabric and end up scratching or damaging your paint. Make sure you have plenty of different cloths at your disposal when you’re washing your car.
- Use proper car washing cleaners
- While using dish detergent seems like a good idea (it cleans my pots well, so why wouldn’t it clean my car?) it can actually cause serious damage. It’s because it’s too aggressive of a cleaner. That same ability to get caked on food particles off your pots and pans is the same thing that can eat away at your paint and remove waxes necessary for your car’s protection.
- Don’t wash your car in the sun
- While this is just a plain old good idea when you take into consideration the brutal heat of our Aussie sun, it’s actually a good idea to ensure you wash your car in the shade or at least in the afternoon when it’s cooling and the sun is beginning its decent. When the full sun is on your car, it can cause the water and cleaning agents to dry before you’ve finished washing properly and make your finish unsightly.
How long does it take to do a full detail on a car?
Doing a full detail on a car is exactly that – detailed. There is a lot to cover in a full detail, so they’re rarely done at lightspeed, because when you’re paying for a service, you want it done right. What this means is that the length of time it takes for a car to be detailed can vary from a few hours to a full day. If your car has some extra work to be taken into consideration, like deep swirls or scratches, or considerable paint damage, it can even take up to a few days for it to be done to the standards we like to keep.
The good news is that the wait is worth it, and most of the time, we’re able to get your car in and out on the same day. However, it’s worth allotting enough time to ensure that the car detailers are able to accomplish everything you want them to so that you’re satisfied with the work, and so are they.
How often should you clean the inside of your car?
Cleaning the inside of your car is a must. While detailing your car is a fantastic way to get rid of smells, debris and dirt build up, cleaning the inside of your car every day is important. This doesn’t have to be an intensive job – it can be as simple as getting out of the car at the end of the day and taking any rubbish and extra items with you to avoid a build up of things cluttering your car. Perhaps at the end of every week, you take a clean cloth and give the major areas of the inside of your car a good wipe over, like the steering wheel, gear stick and dashboard.
We recommend having the interior of your car detailed by professionals as this can help to keep your car in top condition, and even lower health risks that can stem from germ or bacteria build up or even allergies. This is great for families, especially those with young children, or family members that suffer with allergies or hay fever.
Well, that’s it for Part Two of our Frequently Asked Questions on Car Detailing, and we hope that we have helped to answer some of your most common questions about car detailing. If you’ve got any further questions, or just want to talk to some friendly people who are always up for a chat, reach out to the team at Clean Getaway. We’ll be able to answer your questions, specifically related to your vehicle and even tailor make a package that’s right for you. With heaps of different detailing packages available, we will take a look at your car and figure out exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Our experts will then be able to help you get just what you need out of your car detailing service.
Clean Getaway are experts in their field and we’re always looking to help people take better care of their cars. So don’t hesitate to reach out to the friendly team. We can even come to you!