I'm, Ron Burgundy?
Is it a practical way to make a living? Say I go open a shop or something and business is good all throughout the summer. What happens in the winter when nobody wants their cars detailed?
I am guessing washing and waxingI mean I love doing it. I have learned alot over the past year reading this section and trying all the different products. I did a Suburban Thursday, then yesterday I did a Silverado, a Cadillac and an oldsmobile all in the same day, and I realized that I could possibly see myself doing this full time. I just don't know how big the demand is for around here and I'm not willing to give up my full time job just yet.
I have been told by pro detailers that the most money they make are from wash, clay and wax jobs but you have to consider that they also charge $400 to $450 to do it since they are pros an have an established business in a metropolitan area and use high quality products like Swissvax, Zymol, etc. I doubt you can charge that much or even half of that so its is hard, but if find your niche being wash, clay, wax and interior jobs then stick to that. With maybe an occasional paint correction. I say that because paint correction work take a toll on your tools, and uses several of products. Thats why I charge $35 an hour I wont paint correct for anything less because I have to take into account I am using my polishes, pads, and several other products that will eventually need replenishing. Not only that it takes several hours to get a vehicle in prefect condition if that is the request of the customer. Those few hour detail jobs that your doing now can be knocked out... well in a few hours so you can do two or three a day without using so many products that are costly and make a decent amount of cash if you charge something like $150 or more for each.I washed, waxed, and interior on the suburban. Just wash and interior on the caddy and silverado, and wash wax glaze and interior on the oldsmobile
I wouldnt buy a PC from Autogeek because their packages suck the cobra microfibers unravel, believe me I know I bought mine their. Also the backing plate they give you in the 5.5" packages is cheap and doesnt last long at all before you have to buy another. I suggest you get a package from Phil at Detailers Domain he is one of our vendors and you get a discount of 10% and has the best customer service from any detailing supply store I have ever ordered from... and I have placed orders at alot. Also his packages come with his Uber pads which are some of the best there is and several Uber microfiber towels no just two like autogeek.By the way, once I order my PC, I'm coming to you guys to find out which package from AutoGeek y'all think is best.
I suggest you charge by the hour so choose a rate to start at and then estimate how long its going to take you to do the job and then add 3 to 4 hours on top of that to ensure you dont get screwed if its a multistage correction job because I can almost guarantee you will go over the estimated time. On the 2011 5.0 GT/CS I went over by 2.25 hours and thats that I had to call the manager at the body shop and let him know that my 28 hour estimate had to go to 33 hours. So I coudnt ask him again for the addional 2.25 hours so I lost out on $80. Because it actually took me 35.25 hours just on the correction and delivery. It was the delivery time that got me.oh man noco, i charge 100$ for just a full on interior detail by itself, but i do it all, under seats, inside of seats, carpet clean, etc.
if they want the car washed? 20$ extra.
wheels done good? add 15$
im most likely going to have 3 cars to do this week/next, whenever my pads come in.
1st car is a hyundai genisis (sp?) brand spankin new, in white.
swirls out the ass, and tons of rail dust.
its going to need the whole 9 yards.
2nd is a almost brand new (7k miles) cadillac cts4, again, not as swirly, but only going to require a polish/wax.
and if the car is there, a Mitsubishi EVO IX(9) thats in very poor condition, now, its dsg, so you really cant see all the problems...but it probably hasnt had any protection on it in 2 years....and last week i washed it/cleaned the interior for the first time...in 2 years.
again, its going to need the 15 yards.
im not sure what to charge for all three, so maybe danny and the rest of the guys can help me out?
i was thinking 500+?
remember, the insides of all the cars are done, and it's 50$ worth of gas to get to his house. hell, i might even sleep over, and work through the night.
(they are like family, just not blood related)
I could go on forever, but maybe someone can help me?
tips for white and black paint correction?
should i start a thread?
I just dont see that adding up to a good paycheck...Looks to be just enough to cover the products...I charge $25 for wash with wheels, tire shine, and a quick detailer, $25 to add wax, $30 to add sealant, $30 to add glaze, $25 for interior, $30 for engine bay, then $25 an hour for paint correction. I have only done one paint correction so far and that was to get water spots out. I made $150 on that one and he was pretty pleased with the results.
Thanks dude. I appreciate the advice. I'll make sure that's what I do then!I wouldnt buy a PC from Autogeek because their packages suck the cobra microfibers unravel, believe me I know I bought mine their. Also the backing plate they give you in the 5.5" packages is cheap and doesnt last long at all before you have to buy another. I suggest you get a package from Phil at Detailers Domain he is one of our vendors and you get a discount of 10% and has the best customer service from any detailing supply store I have ever ordered from... and I have placed orders at alot. Also his packages come with his Uber pads which are some of the best there is and several Uber microfiber towels no just two like autogeek.