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    what do you charge?

    whats the going rate for a package including:


    • clean wheels & tires
    • bug removal
    • wash
    • dry
    • clay
    • express wax
    • dress tires

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    Re: what do you charge?

    We have no package that doesn't include the windows inside and out and at a minimum a thorough wipe down and vacuum of the interior. And we don't use express wax of any type in any package.

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    Re: what do you charge?

    For me I would charge at the very minimum $80 for that. I never did this professionally and it was a more of a building up my business type of thing. But I’m sure if you have the setup(meaning nice/professional working area) and you can produce good results and maintain a good customer interaction most people mind paying at least $120. Pricing is a very subjective statement. Look online at what other professional detail shops in your area are charging and this will give you a good idea of what to charge.


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    Re: what do you charge?

    I think that's the key. No matter what you think your time is worth, your time is only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. The area that I live is in wealthy, but it's more like blue collar wealthy, so I can't get Hollywood movie star money. I see guys in IG doing $25 washes because that's all their market will bear maybe until they establish a name and a customer base for themselves. Our average ticket has climbed to right around $200 and average price span is probably around $125 to $350. We don't do a lot of jobs below either end of that spectrum. We offer a basic wash starting at $45 for a small sedan (which typically turns into $55-60 after tip), but we RARELY do washes, maybe 1-2 a week sometimes none. Even when somebody books a basic wash using our online booking software, I can usually upsell them something else once I get there. Add on a wax or some leather steam cleaning/conditioning or buff out some scuffs, literally anything to get that ticket up.

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    Re: what do you charge?

    Just as Suds mentioned, the base price is just that, a base price to get them to raise their hand and contact you. Do some Googling and find out what other detailers in your area are charging and put yourself in the ballpark with those numbers. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing and all it takes is some research to figure out what works in your situation.

    Down here in South Carolina I start my basic service at $55 for sedans and $75 for trucks double cab or larger which covers:

    Hand wash
    wheels/tires cleaned and dressed
    interior vacuum
    interior wipe down
    I brush all the buttons with a make-up brush and blow them out as well.
    windows spotless/streak free

    I add a wax for an additional $15 (hand or machine applied) or a sealant for $25. most people go for the sealant as it lasts longer and shines more. People like even numbers so that $80 mark is just right for them.

    I just had a client call me about this service and the biggest reason she was calling me is because all the places that she took her car to beforehand either didn't do a complete job, used dirty rags to wipe clean surfaces, or weren't very nice to her. Always ask questions that lead to objections they've had with other detailing services so that you can avoid those mistakes.
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    Re: what do you charge?

    Good post by Steve. Be nice. Be courteous.

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    Re: what do you charge?

    we charge $75-125 for en exterior detail and can complete it in about 1.5 hours with 2 people

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    Re: what do you charge?

    On my menu, that's my: Option 1 - "Wash & Wax".

    I do a quick machine application of a cleaner wax / sealant.

    $125.00 cars / $175.00 trucks / suv.

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    Re: what do you charge?

    cars 150-175 , suv 170-200 , truck 170-250

    * depends how heavy is with bugs , and also overall condition
    Detail Luxury and Exotics in Austin area
    Paint Protection Film # Ceramic Coating # Paint Correction # Car Wrap # Maintenance Wash
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    Re: what do you charge?

    In california, you have car washers and detailers which are not the same
    Guys are driving around in unbranded astro vans washing cars for $25, calling it a detail. It's very important to brand yourself and your vehicle. This separates yourself from the cookie cutters. These car washers are the same guys who sell their van and equipment on local app ads after a few months. It's also important to make sure your rig is clean exterior and interior. Practice what you preach

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