The whole point of paying for a professional car detailer to come and clean your car is so that you don’t have to do it… right?
While it is partly true. The main benefit of paying for a car detail is that you don’t have to deal with the mess you created, there are things you should do before handing the car over.
If you don’t follow these steps you may be charged extra, receive a half-done detail, or in some cases, the detailer may refuse to work on your car detailing at all.
Take Photos Of The Car
For me, this is by far the most important step you should take. It protects you should anything happen to your car.
99.9% of the time, you’ll come away from a car detailing expert and have a smile on your face.
However, that .1% of the time, the car detailing expert could damage the car or even just perform a sub-par car detail.
It’s important as the customer that you document the condition of your car, taking photos that clearly show every panel of the car.
I also recommend taking photos of your interior and any pieces that are already damaged.
It’s the same if you’re the retailer that’s working on the car detail.
The last thing you want is a customer trying to claim that you caused damage to the vehicle while working.
Always make sure to take photos whether you’re the customer or the person doing the car detailing.
You could even walk around the car highlighting the damage and potential issues to watch out for. This benefits both parties.
Remove Your Personal Belongings
Again, this is beneficial for both parties.
Removing your personal belongings from the car before its details means that nothing will be lost, stolen, or potentially hoovered up.
It also means that you’re able to use your belongings while the car is being worked on.
Most detailers are honest. Especially if they’re a legit company/trader. However, there are some that you need to watch out for.
Remove Any Booster Seats Or Car Seats
Depending on the service you’re getting, you may or may not want to remove your car seat from the vehicle.
You want the car to get cleaned properly. Maybe the car seat is also dirty and in need of a clean.
The best thing that you can do is disconnect the car seat so that it can A.) Be moved & B.) Still, be cleaned.
Sanitize Your Frequented Areas
This one only matters in 2020. With the situation being what it is.
I know that the person cleaning your car will be climbing around your car, cleaning up your mess, but it’s still good practice to sanitize the areas that get high traffic.
This means that you should sanitize the steering wheel, any plastic grab handles, and probably your door cards too.
Doing this will make it slightly safer for the detailer while they work on your car.
Hopefully, this won’t be necessary for much longer.
If you are looking for a car detailing shop online and unable to find something then auto planet is your best bet when it comes to these things.
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