Top 5 Reasons People Get Their Car Detailed

Why Do Most People Get Their Car Detailed

As the main scheduler, I get to communicate with a variety of people who want to schedule a detail service with Onsite Detail.  I get everything from someone wanting the most basic of services to people who need the entire day to get their cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and/or airplanes cleaned and protected down to the smallest detail.  It’s not just the services that are so diverse, but also the reasons behind those services. From personal experience, here are the top five reasons people call to get on our schedule to get their car detailed!

1. They’re Selling the Car

A common reason we receive calls is someone is simply looking to sell their vehicle.  A detailed car will not only increase the value of the vehicle but it will help it sell much faster too. Anyone who has bought or sold a car knows it’s a long process with paperwork, scheduling visits, and talking to banks.  Why add to the stress of it when you can have someone else do the detailing?

Our services can deep clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle and make it almost like great, even if it hasn’t been the most well-maintained.  We can also help clean engines so they shine for the buyer and buff out those scratches and oxidation on the paint to make it shine again. Whatever you need cleaned before you sell, we can almost certainly do the job!

2. They Just Don’t Have the Time

We live in a busy age.  It’s uncommon to see someone who has all the time in the world anymore.  So when I make an appointment for someone who says they just don’t have the time, we totally understand!  One of my personal favorites from this is a call I got where someone needed their vehicle cleaned for their friend’s wedding the very next day.  Talk about rushed!

When I say they don’t have the time, I mean all sorts of things.  I mean people whose jobs have them working overnights, to parents with four kids, to people with conditions that make it so they cannot work on their vehicle as they’d like.  Our two or three hour job would be an entire day or more for them. We are more than happy to come to you and detail your car and help keep it clean and protected, even if it’s just because you don’t feel like doing it.  It’s a unique way of treating yourself. Speaking of treating…

3. It Makes A Great Gift

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Detailing a car has lots of uses.  It can help prevent long-term wear and tear like rust, deal with scratches or oxidation, and make the car owner feel like a champion.  It makes me smile when someone explains they want a car detailed that belongs to their spouse, kid, parent, or friend. Some people are hard to buy for, but if they have a car, then you have a gift idea!

My own grandparents, who are hard to find gifts for because they simply don’t need much in terms of material items, were ecstatic when I got their car detailed for them.  It was by no means filthy, but it hadn’t been deep-cleaned in months due to their old age and busy schedules. Other family members were even a little envious because they wanted their cars cleaned too!  So I can tell you from personal experience that scheduling a car detail from the pros is a great gift idea, and at Onsite Detail we even sell gift cards to make that even more fun! Keep it in mind, the holiday season is coming up very soon.

4. They Need a Professional Detailer

Some detailing jobs are too complicated for the average car owner to deal with on their own.  For example, swirl marks, over spray, hard water spots, oxidizing paint, ceramic coatings, or sticky substances like tar and tree sap need an expert to get it cleaned up properly.

When these people call in, I’m always eager to get them on the schedule right away.  Our detailers are trained to take care of the tougher jobs and use the best techniques, products and equipment around to do so. We love seeing a car in rough shape be cleared of its “ailments” and don’t shy away from the harder jobs.  Instead of risking time, money, and potentially making things worse trying to “DIY” it, you can call us to have some peace of mind while we take care of your vehicle.  We even do the big ones like RVs and boats!

Our pricing for some of these are based on how long it takes, such as our Buffing and Polishing being $75 per man hour.  If you want to figure out how long it’ll be, you can send photos of the vehicle to our phone number or email so we can give a better estimate!

5. It’s Personal

Every so often I get a call that part way through throws me off guard for a second.  One such call was because their car had been stolen and recently returned, but the trauma of it made it uncomfortable to drive until it’d been thoroughly cleaned.  Another was someone had been diagnosed with a condition that would need treatment that would kill their immune system, so they needed the car cleaned thoroughly to make sure they wouldn’t risk their health.  They were willing to share this with me, despite not knowing who I was beyond “the schedule person,” and so I was able to communicate more thoroughly what they needed so we did the right job.

These are probably the most rare cases I get, but I treat them just the same as anyone else.  Some people don’t share the reason for getting their car detailed, which I certainly don’t need in order to schedule them.  However, that doesn’t mean the reason for it isn’t deeper than a simple “I want it looking nice.” Part of why I love working at Onsite Detail is because we are a small business so we can treat each person like a person instead of a number, and I keep that in mind whenever I get a new call, email, or text.  

Whatever your reason for getting your car detailed, we at Onsite Detail are more than happy to help!  From simple to complicated jobs, personal to business reasons, we can be there. Click here to schedule an appointment today!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

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