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Robert A
07-11-2012, 11:56 AM
What is the going rate for complete professional detailing, inside and out? I was quoted $250 by one place near me in So Cal. Last time I had it done, it was around $150, but that was a number of years ago.

Also, any recommendations in the WLA/Santa Monica area would be appreciated.

dboy11
07-11-2012, 04:05 PM
What is the going rate for complete professional detailing, inside and out? I was quoted $250 by one place near me in So Cal. Last time I had it done, it was around $150, but that was a number of years ago.

Also, any recommendations in the WLA/Santa Monica area would be appreciated.

That's about a going rate, but it depends on who you go to. My details are 300 plus depending on condition and what work the customer wants done.

Sorry I don't know of any detailers in your area

tom@3dproducts
07-11-2012, 04:58 PM
What is the going rate for complete professional detailing, inside and out? I was quoted $250 by one place near me in So Cal. Last time I had it done, it was around $150, but that was a number of years ago.

Also, any recommendations in the WLA/Santa Monica area would be appreciated.

For such a low price, you are getting equal quality.

Now, if you are happy with the results, but all means go for it. Any of the top detailers I know in LA would be way higher, but of course they also do paint correction on the exterior. Not just regular detail.

Ilovemycar
07-11-2012, 05:33 PM
What is the going rate for complete professional detailing, inside and out? I was quoted $250 by one place near me in So Cal. Last time I had it done, it was around $150, but that was a number of years ago.

Also, any recommendations in the WLA/Santa Monica area would be appreciated.

I don't know anyone in your immediate area either, but the following are some of the most renowned guys in SoCal, and they will come but with the possibility of a travel charge. Doesn't hurt to ask for quotes I suppose (last one I don't think is mobile, but still worth looking into, IMO). I'm not sure but it's possible with the 2nd one, he might send someone else, depending, but like I said I'm not sure.

http://www.superiorshine.com/order.htm
http://www.enviousautodetailing.com/
http://www.innovativedetailing.com/
http://www.showcardetailing.com/

tom@3dproducts
07-11-2012, 05:38 PM
I don't know anyone in your immediate area either, but the following are some of the most renowned guys in SoCal, and they will come but with the possibility of a travel charge. Doesn't hurt to ask for quotes I suppose (last one I don't think is mobile, but still worth looking into, IMO). I'm not sure but it's possible with the 2nd one, he might send someone else, depending, but like I said I'm not sure.

http://www.superiorshine.com/order.htm
http://www.enviousautodetailing.com/
http://www.innovativedetailing.com/
http://www.showcardetailing.com/

These guys are all top, but no where near the $250 mark unfortunately.

OP - give one of these guys a chance, more $$$ but you will for the first time have a properly detailed car. It is worth it.

OTD
07-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Robert I can help you, I will be LA in about 2 weeks from now.

peyton331
07-13-2012, 12:32 PM
Remember, you get what you pay for. Professional detailers, like me, will do hourly rates. I myself specialize in paint correction details (removing swirls, hazing, blemishes etc).
Make sure to ask what exactly is going to be done to the paint. Are they just going to wax? Just clay and wax? Or even polish? If they do polish, ask them the products they use, what sort of machine etc.

Also, find out how knowledgable they are. If they don't know what marring, or even holograms are, chances are they don't know what they are doing and are probably damaging paint. I think I have a thread on here of a GT-R I detailed. Check it out, and shoot me a pm if you're interested in my services. Or go to SoCal Subies.com. I am a vendor on there for detailing as well. I have lots of threads of my work on there.

-Peyton

peyton331
07-13-2012, 12:34 PM
Also, Eric at envious detailing does amazing work. I have followed him for years, and he has taught me almost everything I know.

ard
07-15-2012, 12:55 AM
Actually, what IS a 'standard detail'???

I often see people ask this question, and wonder how that can get an answer that makes any sense....

Jon Shafer
07-15-2012, 01:10 AM
Robert , I know a guy in BH who has been detailing highline cars for about 25 years now. Not sure what he charges,
but on FB he posts pics, and judging by the work and the types of cars he does, he must be one of the best.
Let me know if you are interested, and I'll get his contact information for you.

EDIT: Google search I came up with IVAN'S AUTO COSMETICS
269 BEVERLY PL 560
Brentwood, CA 94513
(310)713-8788

Ivan's Auto Cosmetics Phone: (310) 968-1000

Not sure which is current.

peyton331
07-15-2012, 03:19 AM
Actually, what IS a 'standard detail'???

I often see people ask this question, and wonder how that can get an answer that makes any sense....

Check out my write up on that

http://www.socalsubies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16460

e39 dave
07-25-2012, 10:02 PM
Burbank Auto Detail has a good reputation.

dboy11
07-26-2012, 09:30 AM
Remember, you get what you pay for. Professional detailers, like me, will do hourly rates. I myself specialize in paint correction details (removing swirls, hazing, blemishes etc).
Make sure to ask what exactly is going to be done to the paint. Are they just going to wax? Just clay and wax? Or even polish? If they do polish, ask them the products they use, what sort of machine etc.

Also, find out how knowledgable they are. If they don't know what marring, or even holograms are, chances are they don't know what they are doing and are probably damaging paint. I think I have a thread on here of a GT-R I detailed. Check it out, and shoot me a pm if you're interested in my services. Or go to SoCal Subies.com. I am a vendor on there for detailing as well. I have lots of threads of my work on there.

-Peyton

Solid advice, however I find that very few people that have cars detailed have limited understanding of what's done. Most don't even know what questions to ask, and even if they have a list of them, they won't in some cases understand the answers. The detail biz as a whole is a word of mouth biz. That's my impression of it:D

peyton331
08-01-2012, 02:30 AM
Solid advice, however I find that very few people that have cars detailed have limited understanding of what's done. Most don't even know what questions to ask, and even if they have a list of them, they won't in some cases understand the answers. The detail biz as a whole is a word of mouth biz. That's my impression of it:D


That's why I stick to car enthusiasts. People who care about their car. Not the general public who want a 20$ wash and interior cleaning.
Or someone who says they want all the scratches/swirls removed for $50.

Car enthusiasts tend to take the time to research detailing and ask questions. 90% of my clients constantly ask questions about what I'm doing. The other 10% they aren't there, or just have a boat load if money and money isn't an obstacle.