Is professional detailing worth the money?
April 28, 2011 7:53 PM Subscribe
CarDetailingFilter: Is professional detailing worth it? IOW, do the professionals have tools, skills, or something else that means they can do much better work than a determined person can do on his/her own? Details follow.
posted by DrGail to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My little roadster is old enough to get its own driver's license, but has fewer than 80,000 miles. Mostly, it sits in the garage during the winter. Over the years, the exterior has been washed and waxed, and the interior vinyl has been treated, regularly. But there are swirl marks in the paint and I don't even want to think about what the carpet under the seats looks like. I know that my usual tools-of-the-trade (rags, Meguiar's, and elbow grease) won't fix those things. I'm willing to acquire the tools and products needed to spiff up the car, but I worry that my inexperience will do more harm than good. So is it better to pay a pro to do the job? And how do I go about finding a good one? (Bonus points if anyone has a recommendation in the north suburbs of Chicago.)