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    how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    Hey, i am just curious what all of you are taking on average to do a typical detail (wash, clay, seal or 1 step polish/wax, interior detailed vac, minor stain removal, hard surface cleaning). I am just curious because of seeing what some have posted price wise and knowing that my average detail (usually with either a bad interior or bad exterior is taking me 5-6 hours and a good car is taking me 4 hours) i am wondering if i am either: A) really slow B) doing a better job C) about right (but more concerned about how much money is coming in for my time). For a 4-5 hour job i am usually $195-265 which for me falls somewhere in the range of fair and slightly less that i would like for the average job. Just curious where you all are coming in and if i need to get more efficient or maybe just charge more to be better satisfied with the average hourly rate (for the typical job as there are obviously the nice ones that work out much better hourly and luckily very few that are less).

    Thanks for any input.

    Nick

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    Senior Member Dr Oldz's Avatar
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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    My (average) detail takes much longer but I do not do production detailing like you. Pricing can be touchy and has a lot to do with your location. When all else fails... I like to follow my rule.... charge hourly but charge honestly!!
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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    Have you tried to search? This exact question comes up quite often.
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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    Some may say it's slow but it sounds about right to me if you are doing a good thorough job.

    You're not happy at around $50/hr for non correction work?
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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    I work alone. 5 hours and I charge the same price plus or minus depending on who the customer is.
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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    I would say that it varies greatly as I've had to do cars where it will take me 2 hours to do everything (Lexus GL470 [not a small car]), but I've also had cars that were trashed that have taken 8 hours.

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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    My interior details minimum take 5 hours and maximum can take 50 hours.
    My paint correction can take minium 8 hours to maximum 60 hours
    My car wash can take a minium 1 hour to 2 hours depending on the car.

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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    Minimum 12 hrs for me for a one step with full interior


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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    3 to 4 hrs for good production job.Coatings and paintcorrection one day or a day to polish next day coat it.I can't see how some people are working on cars at 40 hrs.That's insane.

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    Re: how long are you taking to detail an average car?

    3-4 hrs to do a full interior and exterior job?


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