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dexy82
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Madison, WI
Member since Sep 2004
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Mobile car detailing business
Was curious if anyone did it for a living, Or knew anyone that did?

If so, is there decent money in it?

I just see a lot of detailers demand 300 plus in some cases for full details. Now I know a full detail could take quite some time, but two a day and your sitting decent with not much overhead


southerngent1417
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Dallas, TX
Member since Jan 2014
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re: Mobile car detailing business
Anyone who spends $300 to detail their car needs to get their brain scanned


GeauxWrek
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: Mobile car detailing business
You need to keep up the client list to make it work. You are assuming you can just trip over 2-3 customers a day


777Tiger
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re: Mobile car detailing business
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You need to keep up the client list to make it work.


this, get the right clientele and it can be a gold mine


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No Colors
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: Mobile car detailing business
The guy I use has a nice van that comes to my house. He's on time, professional, and responsive. He charges $100 and stays about an hour and a half. I figure he does 3-4 vehicles a day. Five a day would be a really long hard day. He makes a good living, but I wouldn't say he's building wealth or anything.


dexy82
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Madison, WI
Member since Sep 2004
1513 posts

re: Mobile car detailing business
I guess

I mean in a medium sized city it seems you could schedule 7-8 a week

Maybe I’m wrong about detail pricing
I’ve seen details from 100 up

Just wasn’t sure



Cotten
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Memphis
Member since Jan 2018
971 posts

re: Mobile car detailing business
I do quite a bit on the side, been doing it for about 10 years. However, I do more wet sanding and correction rather than just weekly cleanups.

The biggest thing I’ve learned is to set your prices to your target market. In my case, $300 is very low as I typically spend 2-3 days per vehicle depending on the condition. I’d rather spend the time with higher end clientele and expectations vs competing with every hood car wash that will wash and vacuum your car for $20. Id rather turn down the customers that haggle non stop or say “oh well my normal guy does it for XYZ, why can’t you?” I GUARANTEE that’s not the customer base you want to do business with.


No Colors
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re: Mobile car detailing business
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mean in a medium sized city it seems you could schedule 7-8 a week


My guy stays pretty booked. He usually is 2-3 days out. And give me 1 or 2 Windows each day when he can come. Then he's off to the next appointment. He works his arse off.


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dexy82
LSU Fan
Madison, WI
Member since Sep 2004
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re: Mobile car detailing business
The guy I use has a nice van that comes to my house. He's on time, professional, and responsive. He charges $100 and stays about an hour and a half. I figure he does 3-4 vehicles a day. Five a day would be a really long hard day. He makes a good living, but I wouldn't say he's building wealth or anything.


Is that just his basic rate?
Does he shampoo seats/and or carpets?


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UPGDude
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Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
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re: Mobile car detailing business
Check out Detailers Domain (LINK ). They started with detailing, then began installing PPF, special sealants, and finally started selling products, like Rupes, Sonar, Nanolex, etc. He's got a thriving business now.


thejudge
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Westlake, LA
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Mobile car detailing business
Guy in town here charged me $210 for my crew cab f250. It was rough.

He did a better job than I could have imagined. How the hell he got all those old red mud stains under the wheels wells off I'll never know.

Good guy too. Found a giant arse diamond ring in a car and when the lady showed up to get the car he asked if she lost anything in there. She said her wedding ring. Few years before.

He pulled that rin out of his pocket and they said she about fainted. He could have pocketed it and she'd never have known.

We like giving him business when when can.


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SaintsTiger
Member since Oct 2014
591 posts

re: Mobile car detailing business
Might as well try it out and see how many quality customers you can find and serve.

If you have a job already, don’t quit but do this as a side hassle until you replace your job income or have a clear path to doing so.



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Cosmo
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Member since Oct 2003
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re: Mobile car detailing business
I get mine detailed once a year at a shop, not mobile detailing. $200 but the car looks showroom new at end and whatever wax he uses makes car really easy to wash for several months. There was a detailed ferrari next to my car last time I picked it up so guess he knows what he is doing.
This post was edited on 8/20 at 3:21 pm


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armsdealer
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Member since Feb 2016
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re: Mobile car detailing business
There are a couple of ways to make good money. One is to get a bunch of reliable clients paying for regular details and maintenance washes. You could also focus on paint correction, coatings, tint and and PPF. I have a buddy that makes good money and does some really nice cars but he is a one man shop and works a million hours.

The most money can be made training people to do all the services you want to provide and branching out, but then you just bought yourself a management position and there is NO way you can maintain the same level of detail doing it all yourself, but again, you can make more money hiring people... in the future.


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VABuckeye
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Naples, FL
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Mobile car detailing business
To really make money you need to be in an area with high end cars and a lot of them. Some of the Florida places like Marco Island, Naples, Jupiter. A place where they'll want the best service you offer and they'll want it multiple times a year.

Otherwise you end up doing mid range cars once in a while and they're going to want it cheap.


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buzwa
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re: Mobile car detailing business
I do it on the side for extra cash. If I fully poured myself into it, I could make a six figure income.


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Hogwarts
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Arkansas, USA
Member since Sep 2015
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re: Mobile car detailing business
One of my best friends has one here, it’s hard work for sure but he does pretty well.


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dchog
Arkansas Fan
Pea ridge
Member since Nov 2012
7282 posts

re: Mobile car detailing business
You get what you pay for. I have seen countless videos of $300 details that look fully restored, like mint condition. Not only do the products they use make it easier to clean the interior, the exterior takes longer to accumulate dirt after being waxed.

It is a good business and vehicles are really nice looking considering the products and equipment they use.


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TaderSalad
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mudbug territory
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re: Mobile car detailing business
Buddy of mine does it and loves it.


He's down in these parts and will do RV's after football games, boats, and vehicles. Pretty much anything.

Great money in it according to him.


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kengel2
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re: Mobile car detailing business
If you can find a company with a fleet of vehicles that you could wash/clean at one site would be a good deal.


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