Car Detailing: How Long Does it Take?

How long does detailing a car take is a question that my family and friends frequently ask me. When people learn how frequently I clean my car (sometimes twice a week), they assume I’m crazy. I’m not sure whether that’s accurate, but that is a whole other topic. I frequently hear remarks like “How dirty can your automobile get in a few days!” or “You must spend your entire life cleaning your car.”

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But since the procedure is fully dependent on a number of variables, it is challenging to estimate how long it will take. Is your car severely damaged and filthy? If so, it will take more time. Is your car a pickup truck or an SUV?

If the answer is yes, cleaning that will undoubtedly take longer than cleaning a typical, medium-sized car. As a result, there are numerous things that you must take into consideration. Let’s try to go over each component you need to take into consideration in order to estimate how long it will take a professional detailer to detail your car.

How Long Does it Take?

Let’s begin by estimating how long the detailing will take under ideal conditions. Depending on how unclean and how big your automobile is, the detailing process could take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.

Although that may seem like a long time, keep in mind how comprehensive professional detailing services are. A detailer will thoroughly clean your car’s exterior, inside, and windows in a single sitting.

If you choose a basic package without additional services like shampooing or other time-consuming cleaning alternatives, it will definitely take less time. Likewise, if you choose a premium cleaning, you should anticipate a longer turnaround time.

It is also important to keep in mind that even if the procedure may only take 3 to 5 hours, you must also take other factors like other appointments they have to attend into account. Therefore, there is no assurance that you will receive your car back in 3 to 5 hours if you drop it off.

Factors That Make it Take Longer?

The time it takes to detail the car will rise due to a few things.

Is Your Car Really Dirty?

The detailer will probably need to spend an additional hour or two cleaning the car if it is extremely unclean. Now, it’s not a big problem if the car is a little dirty.

However, some people neglect their vehicles, letting trash build up inside and never cleaning the outside. If your car happens to be that way for some reason, plan on the process taking a little longer.

Is Your Car Bigger?

The majority of pros will advise you that it will simply take longer to detail a large truck or an SVU. A huge sized car, such an SUV, should take about 6 hours, if not a little longer, if a typical sized car takes about 3 to 5 hours.