Auto detail person buffing up the paint on the driver side door of a car

Professional Car Detailing Services

From basic to comprehensive, QA Collision locations offer a range of Interior & Exterior Detailing services that varies from shop to shop. Generally, the more labor intensive the service offered, the higher the cost. Most shops group their services into detailing packages that include procedures focused on either the vehicle’s interior or exterior.

Interior Detailing

Interior detailing includes a deep cleaning of all the interior surfaces of your vehicle. To begin, floor mats are removed, cleaned and hung to dry. Carpet and upholstery are thoroughly vacuumed using high-powered industrial-strength equipment.

Next, each interior surface is meticulously cleaned with procedures that vary according to the interior surface material:

  • Upholstery: shampoo
  • Leather: clean, condition & protect
  • Vinyl & Plastic: clean & polish

The dashboard, steering wheel, and column, console, visors, vents, gauges and door panels are all cleaned as well. In fact, detailing will often leave no surface untouched. Even the interior of the trunk will be spic-and-span after a comprehensive professional vehicle detailing.

Exterior Detailing

Exterior detailing provides a deeper, more thorough cleaning to the exterior surfaces of your car than can be achieved by a simple car wash.

Initially, the wheels and wheel wells are scrubbed. The wheels are generally the dirtiest part of the car, and specialty brushes and solvents are used to flush away dirt, tar, and grease. Even hard to remove, corrosive brake dust is cleaned off.

The entire vehicle is then thoroughly washed with special attention paid to chrome trim, the grille, headlights, taillights, and rubber window seals. Once thoroughly cleaned, the surface of your vehicle will be treated to a variety of remediation techniques including:

  • Automotive Clay Bar: Used to remove bonded surface contaminants and pollutants from the clear coat.
  • Polishing: Light scratches and swirl marks can be polished away and are often all but eliminated.
  • Waxing: The surface is waxed for a protective seal and your freshly detailed car shines like new.

Detailing Increases Resale Value

Detailing improves the appearance of your vehicle significantly, and an impeccably clean vehicle appears more valuable in the eyes of a typical car buyer.

In fact, a spotless vehicle is assumed to be well cared for, in general. This perception influences potential buyers and how much they are willing to pay for your vehicle. In short, money spent on detailing is an investment in getting a better price when it’s time to sell your car.

The Complete Car Detailing Guide by Turtle Wax offers additional informtation as do the articles on our blog.