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    Charging

    Hi,

    I was reading some other posts about charging and had me thinking about how I charge personally and wanted some opinions.

    I currently only offer basic detail which is:

    wash
    wheel wash
    complete vacuum interior
    detail spray wipe down all interior pieces
    window clean
    spray wax

    i charge 50$an hour. I also have add ons like:

    handwax
    Clay bar
    bug and tar treatment
    black plastic restoration
    leather conditioner

    i charge anywhere from $25-$35 for add ons

    i plan on doing some polishing, carpet shampooing, and ceramic coatings once I feel more comfortable with those.

    Every car I’ve done takes me about 3 hours for a complete basic detail which is right kind of where I want to be per ticket which is around $150-200 per car.

    I haven’t had any complaints about prices but just wanted to see what anyone here thought or has any advice.

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    You don’t say where you’re located, I would put that in your signature. Good detailers in South Florida are $65 an hour.
    Glen
    21 BMW X2 M35i-(garaged in FL)

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    As long as you are getting customers and repeat customers, then id say your just fine.

    The biggest thig i have figured out is...you need to kinda check what other detailer prices/ package offers that are in your area and go from there. And you have to figure out your customer base.

    In my area nobody is gonna pay 150-200 for a quick 3 hour handy and vac/wipe job.

    And im my eyes, cleaning and conditioning leather seats should be part of that package...not an add on. Its different if you are "restoring" the leather

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    Ah ok maybe I’ll start including that in my detail. I was surprised at how many people don’t mind just a basic detail. I’ve been booked that last couple weekends (I’m only doing weekends due to a full time job) and people are happy just having a clean car.

    From what I’ve seen people don’t mind paying $150-$200 for a basic detail and even give me tips. But I also really try to stay within 3 hours for everything listed which is sort of difficult.


    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    As long as you are getting customers and repeat customers, then id say your just fine.

    The biggest thig i have figured out is...you need to kinda check what other detailer prices/ package offers that are in your area and go from there. And you have to figure out your customer base.

    In my area nobody is gonna pay 150-200 for a quick 3 hour handy and vac/wipe job.

    And im my eyes, cleaning and conditioning leather seats should be part of that package...not an add on. Its different if you are "restoring" the leather

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    Re: Charging

    Where are you located ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    As long as you are getting customers and repeat customers, then id say your just fine.

    The biggest thig i have figured out is...you need to kinda check what other detailer prices/ package offers that are in your area and go from there. And you have to figure out your customer base.

    In my area nobody is gonna pay 150-200 for a quick 3 hour handy and vac/wipe job.

    And im my eyes, cleaning and conditioning leather seats should be part of that package...not an add on. Its different if you are "restoring" the leather

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    If you market correctly you can create a market for anything.
    Make them see the value of your work, and they'll be bought in your service.

    No one in my area really does gloss enhancements...(quick 1-2 section passes with compound and finishing pad)
    They go from detail to 1 step..leaving a gap in their service offerings..
    Heck, i started offering a service for wipe on clear..

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    Re: Charging

    My prices need updating due ti the whole covid and post inflation but.
    Original prices were based on research on what other local companies charged ontop of what they included in that service vs wjat I included.

    130 is starting price for exterior
    Polish job 250
    1 step correction 450+
    2 step 650+

    Depending on service things like clay,fallout, panel prep,window coating etc are upsells

    Switch to rinseless to make yourself more efficient.


    Interior starts at 150 and goes up via upsell or upcharge (oet hair, biohazards)

    Upsells can be a coating, extraction, ozone or drive pur, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@ShineStruck View Post
    No one in my area really does gloss enhancements...(quick 1-2 section passes with compound and finishing pad)
    They go from detail to 1 step..leaving a gap in their service offerings..
    A gloss enhancement... i would concider that to be a aio. Not looking for correction, just a quick cleanup of the paint. Buzz around the vehicle and not have to take the time to tape off rubber and all that since an aio wont stain, a short time later you are done and can add some extra protection afterwards if you so desire or leave it at that.

    So then if you are doing a one step compound or polish job and the customer does not want to pay for coating....what then is your choice of lsp to offer?


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    I’m located in central Texas, austin area

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    Where are you located ?

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