Drive-thru Wash vs Professional Detailing

Traditional Drive-thru Car Wash vs Professional Detailing Services

Potential dangers of a drive-thru car wash

At first glance, your traditional drive-thru car wash service seems like it does a pretty decent job for a relatively cheap price. However, over time these washes can poorly affect your vehicles paint. We’ve all seen the tornado mops sweep across your vehicle to give the entire surface an “even clean” but often times there is poor maintenance and upkeep inside these machines, allowing the mops to hold onto grime such as dirt, sand and other fibers. Therefore, these machines could be very harmful to your vehicles paint and clear coat, causing serious scratching and swirl marks into your paint.

What does a traditional Car Wash Include?

The Basic drive-thru car wash is pretty simple; initial rinse, wash, rinse again and dry.

Basic drive-thru car wash typically includes:

  • Exterior wash
  • Wheel and tires wash
  • Vacuum
  • Interior wipe down

Pros to a basic car wash:

  • Cost efficient
  • Quick service time

Cons to a basic car wash:

  • Potential harm to vehicle and vehicles paint
  • Often left with water spots or residue due to poor drying (touchless wash)
  • Car Washes focus on quantity, NOT QUALITY

What does a Professional Detail include?

While your tradition car wash simply focuses on quick cleaning, UFO detailing focuses on a in-depth cleaning and restoration of your vehicle, delivering the “new car look and feel. Every area of the car is meticulously cleaned, by hand, to insure quality and safety for your vehicle. A thorough detail should be done 4-6x a year to protect and preserve your vehicle. Beyond simply washing, auto detailing can include elements of cleaning and restoring the exterior and interior of a vehicle such as:

  • Washing
  • Waxing
  • Bug and tar removal
  • Clay bar surface treatments
  • Degreasing
  • Exterior plastic and rubber treatments
  • Buffing
  • UV protection
  • Wheel cleaning and tire shine
  • Headlight restoration
  • Paint correction
  • Paint protective coating (ceramic coating)
  • Small dent repair
  • Interior vacuuming
  • Steam cleaning
  • Leather restoration treatments
  • Window and mirror cleaning
  • Odor elimination
  • Cleaning of hard to reach areas such as vents, cupholders, door jams and other components
  • Carpet shampoo treatments
  • And more

Pros to Professional Detailing:

  • Superior Service
  • Clean and restore for a new car look and feel
  • Safe in the hands of a professional
  • Spotless clean and shine
  • Use of professional products
  • Many detailing services are mobile and can come to you.

Cons to Professional detailing:

  • More costly
  • In-depth detailing takes more time

Mobile Detailing Services

UFO detailing understands we all have busy schedules, but that shouldn’t eliminate you from getting your vehicle the professional detailing services it deserves. With mobile detailing, getting your vehicle detailed has never been more convenient, we are able to come to you! You would never be able to tell which vehicle was detailed in a professional shop and which one was done by a professional mobile detail service. Depending on the lighting in a shop, it can help with paint correction but can still be successfully done outside by someone with the expert skills and a trained eye. The same goes for the interior. The sun light outside can actually be beneficial and help you see things easier than a lot of shops lighting. There may be differences on how certain things get done but can both produce amazing results in either setting. Everything that is done in a detailing shop can be done with in a mobile detail service.

The UFO Difference

Here at UFO Detailing, we believe in providing our customers with the highest level of professional detailing, leaving every vehicle we service with an “out of this world clean”. With years of experience, use of only professional products, and countless happy customers, we are proud to be one of the top rated detailing services in Jacksonville, Fl. Visit us at our location in Orange Park at 4656 Collins Rd. Unit 5 Jacksonville, FL 32244, or book us to come to you with our mobile detailing service. We look forward to working together and delivering an out of this world clean.