3 Tips for pricing your detailing services!



Most detailers starting out are confused about their pricing structure, and are not confident in how much they should be charging. In this video, Todd provides some tips on how to establish pricing for YOUR detailing business!

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34 thoughts on “3 Tips for pricing your detailing services!

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    This video was a must have to your video series. It tackles the best points in a relatively short video. You never stop inspiring me on some level. This really is a good body of work you have here.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    How much u making I’ll definitely make it a full time job 😆just answer me this all those ur cars or ?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    i typically wash cars for a large soda from mcdonolds, wax for a large ice coffee from mcdonolds and mcnuggets or a big mac

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Most detail shops dont take small scratches out with compound and a dewalt buffer, instead they will hide them with filllers (polish wax). Using DA polishers.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Thanks for the video.
    I just started detailing cars this week.
    It is a lot harder than I anticipated.
    For a large full size truck or an SUV it is taking me about three hours. I am charging 65.00
    I'm hoping I will get faster. Any advice?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    I know this is an old video but what happens if a recession happens? Should I rely on detailing to keep me afloat or should I keep a permanent job that is secure?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    I have a 2004 Ford Explorer I want detailed and the estimate was $233! I had no idea it was that much so I’m researching! I don’t want to be that customer but I also want the detail service worth every damn penny!

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    nice video mr grey hair smart detailer. what did you charge in your beginning stage?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Thank you, new follower and about to start my business in the detailing world.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    I needed to hear this, I started my own detailing went great first month but after found my self discouraged when people would haggle my price. I need to work on educating what services im providing.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    One things for sure he sure is good at marketing that video told me nothing about pricing what I should charge in my area whatever I could’ve told you that in two minutes what a bunch of bullshit people so full of shit

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    My 1st car was my next door neighbor and she paid me $80 for just the interior! She was so happy!! 🙂

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    What type of insurance do you suggest for a garage detailer? Or is this something that a beginner should even consider?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Any advice for pros that also have to "compete" with the "young guy(s) with a bucket" detailers? The local neighborhoods convene on Facebook and while there's plenty of true pros offering services, there's always kids with time off from school, very part timers, etc. that are providing car wash work. The masses think "price first" so how does say a quality service with the right tools/talent combat the low-end of the market? And how is it done w/out alienating the parents out there that are proud their kid has a little side biz?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Hey Todd, do you have a video explaining the one step polishing process? Thanks

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Great video, Todd. After 30 years in this industry, I can say your advice is bang on.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Love your tip about the price I am in the detailing since 2016 and I just do what you say. Each year I revised my price because my customers grow and the type of client to. Exotic car the client is different from my regular client. Thank you for your advised I love your Chanel. Martin lavage vip

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    Great video, thank you for taking the time!
    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is that small green thing being used in the video at 1:10? Could someone explain what it is and what it's used for? Looks like a squeegee lol am I way off?

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    If I could add another tip, don't get into price haggling/bidding. As soon as you get into that you loose in every sense. I've learned especially this year it's not worth it too be beaten up on your prices just because someone thinks you're too much.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    I never knew how much a detailer could make until I met a guy who does high end cars. His starting price for a basic detail is $1,200. I think he said the basic detail takes like 8 hours.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    The hardest part for me is I am the only shop within 150 miles doing high end paint correction. There are plenty of others doing quick single step with a rotory and wool pad then topping with wax and calling that show quality. Those shops spend 2-3 hours on their (paint correction) I have an average of 2-3 days. Last full correction I had was 2 weeks ago, a heavily scratched 2012 F350 crew cab. Full correction and IGL Quartz+ ceramic coating, start to finish I had 55 hours. I dont know of any other shop in my state that I will to spend that amount of time perfecting a vehicle.
    Several years ago I had a big rig in the shop to prep for a Vegas show. That job was 150 hours. The longest I have spent on 1 project was 195 hours. Granted I am a 1 man operation but that simple fact is to my knowledge nobody else spends this amount of time and put this level of love and dedication into their work. So pricing is a bit tricky for me. From no till January I will be reevaluating my pricing structure. Going to be looking at product cost per vehicle, time per vehicle, overhead cost per average vehicle stay and then factor in what I need to make. Any advice, or tips would be much appreciated.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    You officially have a stalker who just can’t stand the fact that you have all thumbs up Todd. It just eats this individual up just because he is single, has credit card debt that he’ll never be able to pay off because of the 526 FICO Score. Most likely drools in his sleep. Just got fired from flipping hamburgers at the local drive in. Lives with his mother and plays video games when he’s not making prank phone calls or changing his sheets because he still wets the bed.
    So this makes his day as he can’t wait for you to post a video so he can hit that thumbs down button. It’s his porn. It brings him great joy. So we sit back and have fun and wait for the next video so he can hit the button, because we all here know the personality this guy has. Thats why we like to make fun of the loser. Can’t wait for the next (only thumbs down), so we can all laugh at the person.

  • May 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
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    So Todd this tears me apart because I do detailing on the side, Full time I work for Robert Mondavi help making wine, I feel torn because I want to charge a competitive fair price ! Problem is you can go down such a rabbit hole on detailing I explain to people it depends on what you’re looking for. If they want a full correction obviously I will charge more most of my people though just want a wash Claybar and wax and I try to explain to them that sometimes Clay (almost all the time seems) like it will mar the paint so sometimes a light correction is needed but I don’t push it.

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