How Long Does Detailing A Car Take?


One of the most common questions auto detailers get is “how long does a typical detailing session take?” It is understandable why, after all, car detailing requires you to leave your car with the detailer and people need to be able to plan their day around that.

But, it is difficult to give an estimation about how long the process takes since it is entirely dependent on a variety of factors. Is your car extremely dirty and damaged? If so, it is going to take longer. Is your car an SUV or a pickup truck?

If yes, then obviously then that is going to take longer to clean than a standard, medium sized car. So, there are a variety of factors that you need to account for. To help you out, let’s try and go over every factor that you need to account for to determine how long it is going to take for your car to be detailed by a professional detailer.

How Long Does it Take?

So, let’s start off with how long the detailing will take under ideal circumstances. Assuming your car is not excessively dirty and is medium sized, then the detailing will take anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours.

That may seem like a while, but remember that professional detailing services are incredibly thorough; a detailer will completely every outside panel on your car, the interior and the windows in one sitting.

It will obviously take less time if you go for a basic package that does not include things like shampooing or other cleaning options that take a bit more time. Likewise, if you go for a deluxe cleaning, then you should expect it to take longer.

It is also worth noting, that while the process may only take 3 to 5 hours, you also have to account for other things like other appointments they have to deal with. So, if you drop your car off, there is no guarantee that you will be getting your car back in 3 to 5 hours.

Factors That Make it Take Longer?

Certain factors will increase the amount of time that it takes to detail the car.

Is Your Car Really Dirty?

If your car is really dirty, then the detailer will likely have to spend another hour or two cleaning up the car. Now, the car being a bit dirty is not a big deal.

But, some people do not take care of their car and let garbage accumulate in the interior and never bother cleaning the outside. If, for some reason, your car is like that, then expect the process to take a bit longer.

Is Your Car Bigger?

Most professionals will tell you that if you are trying to get a big truck or an SVU detailed, then it is simply going to take longer. If a regular sized car takes around 3 to 5 hours, then you should expect a big sized car, like an SUV, to take around 6 hours, if not a bit longer.

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