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Discussion in 'Auto Detailing Forum' started by wandwizard, Oct 2, 2016.
amen to that,theres nothing easy about doing autos unless its new
I have for 16 years and love it
I do auto cleaning. I usually use my truck mount. I use DFC 105 Never had problems.
Nope way to hot here! And I'm way to fat to enjoy it
I clean vehicle interior too most I did we're not to bad did some customers car after cleaning their house while I was still there , those are the best as I am already there and set up. One time a neighbor asked me to remove a stain from his brand new Truck floor and got his place a few days later on top.
However sometimes vehicles don't pay a lot but you get lots of times a nice job and new clients out of it.
People talk a lot too
I also use truck mount and don't have any regrets.
I cant make more cleaning houses, yall can have the auto work
Autos are pretty time consuming. I'm trying to do some things differently to see if I can both improve the work and do it faster w/o killing myself in the process. I did two last week, but I did something different that I'd never done before. I used an encapsulant shampoo applied with a horsehair brush. I still followed with extraction, but the job seemed to go quicker and easier. The horse hair brush did the application fine, but I think I might could find something that would be even quicker. The brush as a bit slow. Still everything came out great. I mainly use Releasit Encap-Hydrox this time. Seemed to work well. One mixed up gallon did both cars easy.
The only way auto detailing is worth it is if your a high end service that removes seats completely to get all crevices, very time consuming but you charge like 300+ per vehicle
We did autos years ago but now refer them to a local detail shop.
We considered hiring an employee to do them here at our location with a high powered portable but the insurance is super expensive. Being mobile our insurance stays the same as it is now but not worth the hassle. Rather stand up straight and clean carpets. Autos are back breaking work and hard on the knees.
I've got multiple auto guys here, and quite a few of them do it on the side to supplement their carpet cleaning. And just like carpet cleaning, you've got to resist the pressure of "oh, so-n-so is cheaper" and charge what your time is worth.
Auto detailing takes some time because of the (oddly enough) detail work involved, lol, but if you can overcome foul odors, especially cigarette smoke, you can charge a substantial amount for odor control and make quite a profit.
Some guys here target rental companies, specifically to get cigarette odor out, and charge upwards of $400 for tobacco removal. The car is essentially useless to the rental company if it smells nasty, so it's a captive market.
If they do offer that services then they will do it.
Sorry, just saw the thread. Wish I didn't. Hard to clean, never looks good, and hard to pre price.
Feel the same about boats and RVs too, ugh.
Do not do autos or boats, only do the main floor in RV,s. Make way more per hour if I just stay away from all of these. Can make double in a day not doing these with a lot less back pain.
I hate clean cars.
I have the phone number of a car wash detail, those guys charge $100 buck full cleaning inside and out.
No way I clean an interior seats and floor for less than $200 so go with those guys.