The complete guide to car detailing

guide-to-car-detailing-1This car detailing guide has been developed by the motoring experts at Autosessive to help you maintain your car’s original lustre and quality. Few things are more satisfying than the look, feel, and smell of a new car, but of course this doesn’t last forever. However, thanks to increasingly advanced detailing techniques, it has never been easier to rejuvenate the appearance of your vehicle at home.

What is car detailing?

The process of car detailing requires a lot more dedication and effort than regular car cleaning, but the results definitely speak for themselves. The key difference between car detailing and regular car cleaning (as the name suggests) is the importance of paying close attention to small details that eventually come together to make your car look immaculate from bumper to boot.

In recent years, professional detailing techniques have been embraced and practised by ardent car enthusiasts. As a result, this has seen improvements in detailing equipment and tools that are available commercially. For example, auto paint is now a lot more durable and retains it shine for longer than the previous lacquer covered with paste wax, and professional-style paint scratch repair kits can be easily bought online. Autosessive’s own detailing range can be viewed here.

What are the benefits of car detailing?

If this is your first foray into the world of car detailing, you might still be a little sceptical about whether the process is actually worth it. Firstly, detailing your car will not only keep it looking in exceptional condition, but this can also improve its longevity and increase its resale value.

Another benefit is that detailing actually makes your car a healthier environment to be. This is because vacuums with high filtration are able to remove imperceptible dust mites from deep in your car’s interior, while specialist cleansers also help eliminate surface bacteria.

How much does car detailing cost?

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When many people think about car detailing, they often assume that it has to be done professionally in order to achieve a quality finish. While a professional does have the equipment and expertise to get the job done efficiently, it will also cost you a lot more than if you were to do it at home. This section will therefore discuss how much the average price of professional detailing costs, compared with the potential savings you could make by doing it yourself.

The cost of professional car detailing

The price of professional car detailing will vary depending on the size of your vehicle and the type of package you choose. If you opt for a basic deal this will be less expensive, however your car won’t receive the same level of diligence as a more expensive package.

In the UK, a basic detailing service for an average-sized car can cost anywhere between £100 and £200. For larger vehicles, such as MPVs and vans, you can expect to pay between £150 and £250 for the same service. However, if you want a higher-end package, this could add around £150 to your bill.

Some professional outfits also offer additional services such as tailored vintage car care, steam cleaning, and dent removal. Some luxury London-based detailers also charge thousands of pounds for luxury annual details that thoroughly service the interior, exterior, and engine.

The cost of at-home car detailing

If you decide to detail your car at home, you can save money by choosing and using your materials wisely. There are a wide range of budget-friendly products available, so you don’t have to splash out on high-end brands. All of the initial kit will set you back approximately £150, which accounts for the things such as polish, car wash soap, a sponge, degreaser, wheel cleaner, and upholstery cleaner etc. While this might seem a little costly at first, it’s important to remember that most of your equipment can be used sparingly and for multiple projects.

With cleaning solutions, always make sure you read the instructions carefully before applying directly onto your vehicle, as most will need to be diluted in a precise amount of water. Not only does this achieve the best possible solution (if too strong they can be abrasive), but it also means they last longer.

Another benefit of detailing your car at home is that you’re able to do it more frequently. While this may seem counterintuitive to keeping costs down, it actually saves you money in the long-term. This is because the less time there is between detailing projects, the less intensive they are likely to be. At Autosessive we sell a range of polishes, cloths, and cleaning kits to help your car regain its original shine.

How to detail your car like a professional

We’ve put together some guides on how to detail both the interior and exterior of your car like a professional. Take a look at both guides below:

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