Whether you drive a minivan, sports car, custom show vehicle, or a tank, it’s recommended that you get auto detailing done at least twice a year as part of your vehicle maintenance. And one of the better times to get detailing work done by professionals is at the end of the summer. An end-of-summer, back-to-school detail is never a bad idea, after all. 

What makes the detailing difference? A professional detailing is levels up from a regular car wash, providing a white glove service where more care is taken than people imagine resulting in a safe, fresh, clean, and protected look that is unrivaled. 

Prevented by Professional Auto Detailing

When you go to a car wash, you leave the work in the hands of an automated system. Automated washes will create marring which is the light scratches and swirls you see, especially on a black finish in the sunlight shown in this picture. Even when you use a touchless automated wash, the chemicals used are extremely harsh to your vehicle’s finish, which will result in dull unprotected paint, susceptible to the elements. Then for the interior, there is nothing more than a quick once over with a vacuum, and wipe down with towels that have been used on multiple other vehicles that day, spreading germs. With a professional detailing, your vehicle will be good-as-new in its cleanliness, and it will last for a much longer time, too. 

There are more than just superficial benefits to auto detailing. Professional detail jobs will extend the lifetime or resale value of your vehicle through preserving the surfaces such as paint, glass, wheels, plastic, upholstery, and carpets. Professionals meticulously remove substances that will damage the vehicles surfaces, then a protectant is applied which helps guard from the elements and contaminants.  

There are two different types of auto detailing: Interior and exterior. 

A professional interior detailing offers much more than just a vacuuming and wiping down the dashboard. It’s here that the detailers will scrub, brush, steam, shampoo, condition, and vacuum to protect your vehicle and the people in it, while restoring the old glory of that “new car smell”. Your carpets, floor mats, seats, dashboards, and more will all be treated with air-compressors, steam cleaners, and other “surgical” tools to ensure a fresh clean feeling, smell, and look. 

A professional exterior detailing goes above and beyond what you get with a machine wash. The Two-Bucket Hand Wash Method with a mild pH neutral automobile soap is the only right way to wash your vehicle. The process continues with clay barring to remove oxidation, polishing to remove marring or fine scratches, and premium paint sealants are applied to protect the finish, while enhancing shine and depth of your paint. From the smaller details of a tire dressing or immaculate door jams to larger things such as engine cleaning and smooth sleek surface, you’ll notice a night and day difference.

End of summer detailing can be a game-changer for how you view your vehicle maintenance. Preparing your vehicle for the upcoming fall and winter with a strategically-timed detailing can be a big move. Getting a professional detailing every four to six months is the recommended frequency, and will pay off big time in the long run. 

Whether you’re heading back to school or just need to prepare for the fall and winter car-wear, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at 360 Express Collision & Detailing for a professional detailing towards the end of this summer so that your vehicle is prepared for the upcoming seasons.