What’s The Difference Between A Car Wash And Car Detailing?

Here at Top Gear Car Wash, we get asked a lot of questions from our customers. However, there is one question that keeps popping up: “What is the difference between car detailing and vehicle washing?”

We realize that for most non-car enthusiasts, the difference probably isn’t very significant. However, all car owners, enthusiasts or not, should look at getting their car fully detailed every so often, and should also perform smaller details or power polishing regularly to have their car looking at its best all the time.

So, to help our customers understand the many benefits of car detailing, also known as auto-detailing, we are going to outline what you can expect when you choose to have your car detailed. Trust us when we say that you’ll never go back to normal washing!

What Is Car Detailing?

Car detailing involves cleaning and reconditioning the interior and exterior of the car. The aim of this is to restore the paintwork by eliminating scratches or swirl marks to make the car look almost brand new like it did when you first drove it out of the shop.

What Is The Difference Between A Car Wash And An Auto Detail?

Now that you know what car detailing is, we are going to quickly outline the differences between a car wash and auto detailing, before going on to talk some more about why car detailing is a seriously good idea.

Aside from cost, a typical hand car wash only covers a fraction of the cleaning that you can get from a detail, and so only achieves a fraction of the result.

Car Washing By Hand

Most car washes take between 3 minutes and ten minutes to go from washing to drying. A hand car wash can be done by hand or by machines (a drive-thru car wash) that run bristles, soap, and water to clean your car’s exterior.

A car wash tends to be a basic surface cleaning while an auto detail is more thorough and restorative.

What Is Car Washing?

A complete car detail will bring your car to its best condition. You can then perform mini express details to keep your car looking as good as new.

Top Gear Express Car Detailing Service

Let us take care of it for you with our “While-You-Wait Top Notch Express Car Detailing.

Express Car Detailing Includes:

Exterior Wash

Power Wash Wheels

Vacuum Interior and Mats

Power Wash Rubber Mats

Wipe down the Interior

Clean the Windows

Wipe down the Door Frames

Blowout the Vents

Come in and see our full-service car wash about our complete detailing services such as Interior Shampooing, Vinyl Cleaning and Conditioning, Leather Cleaning and Conditioning and Engine Shampooing.

Car Washing

Keeping your car in good condition will help maintain or restore the value of your car. This is particularly true of older or classic cars, especially if you’re looking to sell your car in the future. You simply cannot get the same results from car washes. A good car detailer like Top Gear Car Wash will bring your car to its original beauty and increase its resale value.

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