The national average cost is $20 - $75+
The average cost to hire a local professional will average about $20-$75, with some consumers spending over $400 or more. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.
Hourly Rate - Some companies charge by the hour.
Flat Rate Per Job - Some companies charge a flat rate for the work they do.
Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include:
- Time that it takes to complete the project.
- How many technicians are working on your project.
- Was it an after hours emergency
- With many more aspects that may add to the cost
Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right company for you. Some companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional "fees" to complete the job.
You may also need to consider that most companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.
The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.
- Car wash: $20 - $60
- Hand wash & wax: $50 - $100
- Standard detail: $70 - $150
- Premium detail: $150 - $200
- Paint maintenance detailing: $300 - $400
Mobile Car Wash Services
- Hand wash and
- Scratch removal
- Auto paint sealant (UV protectant)
- Window cleaning
- Shampoo and deodorize rugs, floor-mats and cloth seats
- Leather cleaning and treatment
- Spot clean carpets, cloth seats and headliner
- Interior cleaning and dressing
- Exterior cleaning and dressing
- Chrome trim cleaned and polished
- Clean and dress exterior vinyl, rubber and plastic
- Cleaning door jambs and thresholds
- Vehicle interior is vacuumed, including the trunk or hatch area
- Adding your choice of fragrance
- Engine top side is cleaned
- Undercarriage is cleaned
Steps to keep your car looking its best.
Avoid scratches as much as possible
Scratches are the biggest enemy to your car's finish. And avoiding scratches is the secret to keeping your car looking good. Dirt and grime, rubbed in while washing or drying, will act like sandpaper and dull your car's paint. There is one basic rule which will guide you whenever you touch the surface of your automobile: Anything that comes in contact with your car's finish should be soft.
Protect your car finish from the elements.
This means storing the car in a garage or covered area. Also, the use of a car cover is highly recommended. A car that is constantly exposed to sunlight and other environmental hazards will deteriorate quicker and require significantly more cosmetic maintenance.
Keep a good coat of wax or paint sealant on the car.
In addition to providing gloss and depth, wax will also protect your car from the elements, including sunlight and many other circumstances that you will encounter, from bug carcasses to bird droppings.
Be aware of your car's finish.
Make regular quick inspections of your car's surface a habit. Look it over and note its condition, keeping in mind its recent history and what you anticipate will happen in the future.
Make a habit of detailing your car.
In most cases, washing your car once a month is adequate. Once every two weeks is better and necessary if the car is subject to harsh conditions.
Exterior Cleaning Tips
- Do not use dishwashing detergent. Some people may recommend this, but many experts claim that dish soap will strip the protective coating off your car's surface, increasing the risk of scratches, stains, or oxidation
- Pre-soak your car to remove any heavy dirt and debris.
- Use the two-bucket method – one bucket for soapy water and one bucket for clean rinse water.
- Wash one section at a time, beginning at the top and working down.
- Rinse the vehicle thoroughly.
- Dry immediately to prevent water spots or streaks.
- Wax or polish the paint using an oscillating buffer or polisher.
- Clean the tires before you wash the rest of your car.
- Use a wheel brush and tire cleaner or degreaser to clean the wheels.
- Apply tire cleaner carefully and avoid getting any on the body of the car.
- Dry tires well.
- Apply tire dressing if desired.
Interior Cleaning Tips
- Test products on a small hidden area before using them on larger surfaces.
- Begin from the top and work down so you don't knock dust and dirt onto areas you have already worked hard to clean.
- Use a carpet cleaning solution to remove stains from the carpet and upholstery.
- If you shampoo carpets, be sure to absorb as much water as possible to avoid any mold or mildew from developing.
- Use compressed air to blow dirt from hard to reach corners and crevices toward an area that will be easier to reach when vacuuming.
- Use a stiff brush to lift dirt from carpet and upholstery.
- Blow dust and dirt out of heating and AC vents, and clean the cabin filter.
- Use a gentle, all-purpose cleaner to wash dashboard.
- Vacuum the car thoroughly, remembering to pull the seat forward and back again to reach the hidden areas underneath.
- Hose off and clean floor mats.
- Use leather cleaner to wipe leather seats.
- Clean the windows using a non-ammonia glass cleaner and a soft microfiber cloth.
Tips & Advice
Ask For The License - Ask for all local and state business licenses.
Proof Of Insurance- For your own protection, check proof of both workman's compensation and liability Insurance.
Business Stability- Find out how long the company has been in business.
Check Online Reviews - You're probably not the first person in town looking for their services. Rely on the internet to get reviews written by people in your community.
References - Expect any top-notch company to be able to provide you with references upon request. Once you have these names, contact the clients to get information about the quality service. When you call, ask questions about the work, timeliness, cost and whether the clients would use the company again for future work.
24-hour Emergency Service - Make sure your local company offers emergency 24 hour service. If something goes wrong, it's good to know that you will not have to wait days for them to come out and fix it.
Over The Phone Pricing - Honest estimates simply cannot be given over the phone - especially if you aren't talking with an actual technician when you call.
Free Estimates - Most companies offer free estimates. This is important because they can provide you with the costs upfront, so that you are not shocked with a bill after the services are completed.
Safety Record - Safety can be a significant factor, so ask the company about their safety records to ensure that any service professional you hire has a satisfactory safety record. You want a company that doesn’t have a high incidence of on-the-job mishaps or injuries.
Satisfaction Guarantee - Choosing a company that offers a satisfaction guarantee will ensure that they will get the job done right the first time and will save you money and frustration in the long run.
Cleanup - The mess left behind after a project can be major. Ask what cleanup work the company includes with it's services.