VARIABLES THAT WILL AFFECT PRICING
Every car is not created equal, that means dirt, stains, spills, etc... are also not created equal. Excessive dirt build up will absolutely affect the price of the detail. A sedan that has not been cleaned in 6 months versus one that's not been cleaned in 6 years will require very different things in order to get the job done correctly, and therefore will not be quoted at the same rate.
There is a difference between what I call "surface dirt" and "excessive dirt." Surface dirt is exactly what it sounds like, it's the simple dust and dirt that has not been allowed to sit for extremely long periods of time, is relatively easy to clean and therefore detail. Excessive dirt, is the other end of the spectrum. It's dirt that has been allowed to sit and more or less become part of the car. Cars with excessive dirt build up tend to be the cars that I call the "family haulers." For the most part these are mini vans, sport utility vehicles (SUV's), and sedans that are used to haul the kids around. They tend to have excessive crumbs, dirt, staining, crayons etc. Cars with kids, as a rule, are always dirtier, there's really just no way to get around it, it is what it is. It is also important to understand that one person's clean is another person's dirty. Although I put my new customers through some pretty extensive questioning over the phone, it is impossible to give an exact quote over the phone because I'm not standing in front of the car. With that being said, I always give a ranged quote, for example I would say something like: "From what I am hearing you say, it sounds like it will cost anywhere from $105 - $125 in order to get the job you want done. Does that sound like something that will work for you?"
For more information on the specifics of cloth seats, click the "Interior" page or visit the "Information" tab in the top menu. Cloth seats, require more time, product, and effort to achieve a level 10 condition (when compared to leather seats for the most part). For this reason, I charge an additional rate from the beginning if the car has cloth seats. Now that "additional rate" will vary as well depending on the condition of the seats.
Since I am a mobile detailer, I am accustomed to driving in order to get to a job, however there are instances when I am traveling too far not to charge. At the end of the day, I have to pay for gas, as well as simply my time. As a rule, if the job is under 35 minutes away, I do not charge anything extra. However, when I start stepping into traveling 45 minutes to an hour, I charge anywhere from $15 to $50 extra. This is an area where I sometimes tell customers that it may be a better financial decision simply to have someone closer to their area do the job. Of course there is no promising they will bring the same value to the table that I bring, but that is a decision you have to make.
EXTERIOR GRIME BUILD UP
Cars that are not washed, clayed, or waxed regularly will obviously take more time to raise to a level 10 condition, and therefore will cost a bit more. Things like tree sap, bugs, tar, grime, industrial fallout, and brake dust on the paint & tires will be much more difficult to remove when left to sit for long periods of time. For more information on this click the "Exterior" page or visit the "Information" tab at the top menu.