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I going to get my interior vaccumed, fabric seats cleaned (stains), and exterior washed waxed (ebony black gloss). I was quoted $250 for a mobile service that does a pretty good job. Worth the money or would you all be okay with that price for a really good detail??
 

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Well, Time is Money.

If you feel that the cost of paying someone to do something that may take you 3 to 5 (or more) hours is worth freeing up your time, then go for it.

$250, not a bad price, depends on what level of detailing they do. Do they end up treating the seats? Does it include a complete interior wipe down/treatment? What about interior windows? Tire dressing? I would expect all of those to be done for a $250 detailing.
 

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Well, Time is Money.

If you feel that the cost of paying someone to do something that may take you 3 to 5 (or more) hours is worth freeing up your time, then go for it.

$250, not a bad price, depends on what level of detailing they do. Do they end up treating the seats? Does it include a complete interior wipe down/treatment? What about interior windows? Tire dressing? I would expect all of those to be done for a $250 detailing.
I will make sure all these things are included, yes should be worth it. thank you!!
 

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Well I was quoted 300$ for my 15 ebp sxt . Clay bar ,compound, wax , enginge wash ,enterior ,wheel dressing. I'll have it done in a few weeks after I get my bumper replaced this way it can be properly be blended in.
 

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Prices dont seem bad. You'd almost have to do it once and judge was it worth it. For clay, polish and wax that seems pretty reasonable. If it were me I think I'd want a spray on ceramic vs a wax just for longevity unless your gonna get it detailed regularly. Let us know how it goes.
 

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The price seems reasonable for a well-rounded interior/exterior combo package, at least to me. Paint correction and defect removal is time-consuming, and if the detailer is going to do that then usually it's followed by a high-quality paint sealant or ceramic coating.

Simply applying a coat of wax won't eliminate swirling but could help reducing existing swirling if applied by machine. I would not expect perfect paint for that price, if that's the impression you're getting. However, if you end up getting a significant improvement then I would say your quoted price is great.
 

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This post is very old, but I would not expect any machine work for $300. That seems reasonable for a full interior/exterior cleaner and applying a wax or sealant. Someone doing compound and polishing work for $300 is either doing an extremely fast one pass (<15 mins for full car), doesn't know what they're doing, or is massively undercharging.

For me and several of my friends, paint isn't touched with a machine for probably less than $600 on any vehicle.

You also should not compound or polish any fresh paint for at least 6 months, as a common rule of thumb. Nor put a coating on it. I wouldn't put wax or sealant on for at least 3 months.
 

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One local guy here do the detailing seriously and usually take him at least 3 hours. With the results, I say the $220 worth it.
 
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