Ever notice how spotless your car is when you pick it up from the collision repair shop? The dashboard shines, the upholstery is free of goldfish crackers and crumbs, and you can see your reflection in the exterior paint job. Why can’t you do a good like that out in your driveway? Well, when you hire technicians skilled in professional detailing, they have access to the experience, skill, tools and equipment that allow them to do a superior job. In fact, attention to detail is practically a job requirement. While you may realize how much of a value this service is for your own sanity and pride in your vehicle, you may wonder: does auto detailing increase the value of the car? Let’s take a look at the three main types of detailing and determine how they contribute to value.
With the purpose of restoring and protecting your paint job, exterior detailing can further protect your car’s finish from the harsh effects of weather and the sun’s UV rays. Both of these things can cause your paint to fade and look dull over time. Add scratches, rust and dings, and, well, you know what the end result is. Plus, the surfaces of your wheels can get caked with grime — unsightly to say the least. When taken as a whole, these things can certainly lower the vehicle’s resale value. To prevent that from happening, here’s what you can do:
- Wash and scrub the exterior, including wheels, with a brush
- Dry the car using a soft microfiber cloth
- Gently polish scratches and swirls
- Wax the paint with a carnauba-based product
- Thoroughly clean the vehicle and follow up with a protective polish to any areas of rubber
The interior of your car takes a lot of abuse. From carpeting and upholstery to trim and mats, they get a lot of wear and tear from heavy use, food and drink spills, cigarette smoke, dirt, and pets. The same UV rays that can fade your exterior can also damage your upholstery, trim and dashboard. Your professional detailer uses special cleaning and sanitizing products on your leather, fabric and carpet. Expect your professional to vacuum and shampoo all surfaces, followed by products designed to protect the seats, carpet and trim. For leather, they’ll scrub the material and apply conditioners. Not only will this give your car a deep clean from the inside out, it will freshen it up as well, eliminating any lingering odors.
A clean motor is key to a properly running vehicle. It gives you peace of mind as the driver, plus it looks good for potential buyers. Perhaps you’ve noticed a squeaky clean engine after getting auto body repairs done, especially for front-end collisions. This is the result of a professionally-detailed engine that boosts your confidence in the repair. Clean engines operate better and mechanics find it easier to work on them when they’re clean too, so they can determine issues more readily. Professional detailers will:
- Use a light mist to get off any loose dirt
- Wipe down the engine components with a commercial de-greaser, followed by a rinse
- Dry the engine, then apply protective compounds to all rubber, silicone and plastic parts so they won’t crack
A clean engine compartment adds value to your car because it’s more aesthetically pleasing to a potential buyer or when contemplating a trade-in at the dealer.
As a result of all of the above, annual professional detailing can increase the market value of your vehicle by up to 15 percent, depending on make, year and condition, says Carwise.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas
If you need collision or body work done, or just a good detailing, schedule an appointment at Hance’s today. Just contact us at 214-666-5291 for a free estimate.