Mobile Auto Wash and Detailing Prices – The Most Common Price Range to Have Your Car Washed and Detailed at Your Home

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For this article, I visited the websites of 17 mobile car wash and detail companies. I stopped searching after 17 websites because it appeared that price lists were fairly consistent among all the companies. There was one company that charged significantly higher than the other companies and one company that charged significantly lower than the other companies. In the interest of presenting a fair price range, I excluded the highest and lowest prices and determined an average range from the remaining company price lists.

Mobile Auto Wash Service

Mobile car wash and detail services allow you to have your car washed at your home, office, or other convenient location. It is easy to schedule service. In fact, one such company, “Washos” headquartered in southern California, has an app that you can use to schedule auto detailing service in your area.Some people are dubbing Washos as the “Uber” service for the auto wash and detail industry.

P.S. I do not receive compensation for the mention of Washos.

No longer having to drive your vehicle to the car washing station, you can have it washed and detailed at your home, office, or pretty much any location that allows someone to be there washing your automobile. Call and schedule an appointment and the car washers come to you.

In my article, “Auto Detailing Prices – How Much Does it Cost to Get a Car Detailed,” I provide a thorough explanation of what a car wash and detail service should include. I also show the average price range to be expected for each service.

Extra Charges

Time is valuable. If you value your time, then you would rather be doing something constructive during the time your car or truck is being washed and/or detailed. How much is your time worth? Only you can determine that. And, when you find that number, you can apply it to the cost you are willing to pay to get something else done while your vehicle is being serviced. Expect to pay extra whenever extra time, fuel, or supplies are needed to service your vehicle.

Fuel Surcharge

Expect to pay more if you live outside the vicinity of the auto wash and detailing station. The cost of gas is considerable. Either you will spend money on gas to drive your vehicle to the car washing station, or the car washing station will spend money on gas to drive the station to you. This cost is addressed in the form of what the mobile car wash and detail industry calls a fuel surcharge. Many companies do not charge extra if you are located within a 10 to 15 mile vicinity of their primary location. Some companies charge a flat fee of about $15 for traveling beyond the immediate vicinity and some charge a fee of about $1.00 per mile for traveling beyond a certain point beyond the vicinity. For example, if your location is within 15 miles of the station location, then there is no extra charge, however if you live 20 miles away, then the station will charge an additional $5.00 (@ $1.00 per mile) to drive to your location.

Extra Cleaning

If your vehicle is excessively dirty or extra-large, then expect to pay a premium for the extra time it will take for washing and detailing. Remember, time costs money, so if your vehicle is dirtier or larger beyond what is considered normal dirt, grime, and size, you will pay more for your wash and detail service.

Extra Services

A cleaning or detailing service consists of standard services (see Table below). When you desire services that go beyond what is considered normal, you can expect to pay more. For example, if you order a standard wash and want your engine cleaned, then you will pay extra for that.

How Does a Mobile Auto Wash and Detailing Service Work?

Call the company and make an appointment to have the mobile auto wash and detail unit meet you at your home, office, or whatever location you desire. Normally, two people will be sent out to work on your vehicle together. It will take about 1 hour to complete a basic wash and wax, about 2 to 4 hours to complete a basic detail, and about 4 to 8 hours to complete an ultra-detail service.

Waterless Car Wash

Sometimes, a mobile automobile wash service will claim to be “waterless.” But, I have found that waterless means that they simply provide the service using a small amount of water, typically washing the vehicle with as little as two 5-gallon buckets of water.

Whatever location you choose, make sure the following are considered:

  • You have authorization to allow your vehicle to be washed at that location.
  • The mobile unit has access to water and electricity. Some mobile units bring their own water and electricity, nevertheless, be sure to ask if you will need to provide access to water and electricity.

Cancellation Fee

Once again, time is valuable. When you schedule an appointment, the company is expecting to be paid for the time allotted to wash and/or detail your vehicle. When you cancel an appointment at the last minute, you have just cost the company a considerable about of money. Expect to pay a cancellation fee of approximately $25 - $45 if you cancel in less than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.

TABLE: Mobile Auto Washing and Detailing Prices – How Much Does it Cost to Have Your Car Washed and Detailed at Your Home or Office?

The following table shows the most common price range found for mobile car wash and detail prices. Prices vary based on the size and condition of the vehicle. Expect to pay more if your vehicle has stains, an unusual or faded color, excessive pet hair, scratches, water spots, or hard to remove substances (such as tar).

"Call for pricing" is indicated where companies did not provide a price or requested the client to call for pricing.

Common Price Range for Mobile Car Wash and Detail Service

Wash or Detail Service
Small Size Vehicles (Compact Cars) 2-Door Coupes, 4-Door Sedans
Medium Size Vehicles Durango, Benz M-Class, BMW X3 & X5
Large Vehicles SUVs and Small Trucks Suburban, Expedition, Navigator
Oversized Vehicles Ford Excursion, Hummer H2
Standard Car Wash and Wax -Wash exterior, clean windows, wipe interior, clean wheels, wax exterior.
$20 - $80
$25 - $85
$30 - $120
$30 - $90
Interior Detail - Wipe dash, clean vents, windows and inside door jams, vacuum seats and trunk.
$80 - $110
$120 - $180
$120 - $150
$120 - $180
Exterior Detail (Standard) - Interior and exterior wash and vacuum, clean wheels and tire dressing.
$85 - $250
$100 - 300
$150 - $330
170 - $180
Exterior Detail (Deluxe) - Includes the services in the standard detail package, plus engine cleaning and polishing, plus paint sealant.
$75 - 175
$120 - $175
$155 - $180
$220 - $650
Exterior Detail (Extreme) - Includes the services in the standard and deluxe detail package, plus additional compounds, waxes, sealants, glazes and leather treatment.
$350 - $470
$400 - 375
$375 - $400
Call for Pricing
Exterior Detail (Ultra) - Designed to put your vehicle in show car condition. Includes the services in the standard, deluxe, and extreme detail package, plus any needed paint correction and ultra-grade carnauba wax.
$250 - $380
$375 - $400
$400 - $530
$220 - $650
Additional Services:
 
 
 
 
Polish and Wax
$85 - $160
$85 - $180
$100 - $160
$100 - $160
Headlight Restoration (per headlight) - Removes the Yellowing
$25 - $35
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Excessive Tar Removal
$10 - $20
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Excessive Pet Hair Removal
$25 - $30
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Excessive Rim/Wheel Cleaning
$10 - $20
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Removal of Heavy Stains
$15 - $25
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Removal of Heavy Oxidation
$50 - $75
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Removal of Tree Sap
$15 - $25
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Apply Leather Protector to Interior
$50 - $95
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Decal and Sticker Removal
$15 - $20
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Paint Sealant
$25 - $30
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Shampoo Floor Mats (per mat)
$15 - $20
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Shampoo Carpet
$45 - $50
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Clean and Dress Engine
$25 - $50
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Ozone Treatments (Odor Removal)
$50 - $250
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
Call for Pricing
This table is a compilation of prices found on 17 mobile car wash and detail service websites. The highest and lowest prices were not figured in the price range.

Car Wash and Detail Service is a Growing Industry

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in association with the Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that there are 15,000 car wash establishments. While there is no way to determine which ones are mobile car wash establishments, this data collection organization (SBDC) estimates that the industry generates over $6 Billion annual revenue each year and anticipates that by the year 2018 this industry will be generating at least $7.7 Billion annual revenue. As the economy improves and people are able to spend more on personal services such as mobile car wash and detailing, this type of personal service business can expect to be in business for a long time.

Trade Associations

Trade associations offer a vast amount of information, resources, and training for anyone interested in knowing more or developing their skills in the mobile auto car wash and detail business. Here are links to the most popular associations in the industry:

International Car Wash Association

State Car Wash Associations

International Detailing Association

Mobile Car Wash and Detailing is a Time Saving Solution

Whether you have your car washed and detailed at your home, office, or some other location, this type of personal service offers time saving solutions for you. No longer do you have to sit and wait while your vehicle is being serviced. You can continue to work and/or enjoy life while your vehicle is washed and detailed. Time is money! While there is a premium to be paid for having mobile service, the price is reasonable and well worth the cost for saving you time.

© 2015 Marlene Bertrand

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MarleneB 2 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello Michele. Thank you for your feedback. I know what you mean by how good it feels to have your car detailed and looking good. Thank you for the helpful information about your car detailing place.


Michele 2 months ago

Hey Marlene!

Really great info! I am astonished by the details that you have mentioned about car detailing and car wash. I own a car and have never gathered so much knowledge about it. I know a company named Kamyo (http://kamyo.in/) who takes care of car detailing and for me, they are the best.

They really make me feel proud while taking my car out and posturing my beautiful car to others. hehehehe....


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MarleneB 6 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello John. I agree. People are so busy these days that a service like this could certainly make life easy.


john 6 months ago

That is a great service and wish there was one in the nyc area.

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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Many blessings to you pstraubie48. Having your car washed at your home or office is a luxury, for sure, but one in which many people indulge.


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

Wow..I had no idea. I cannot imagine having the luxury to have such a service performed.

This was very interesting to read about and at least now I know of the possibility.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

ChitrangadaSharan, thank you very much for your feedback and valued support.


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ChitrangadaSharan 16 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very useful information about mobile auto wash and the prices involved. You have done lot of research for it. Thanks for sharing and voted up!

Congratulations for publishing 100 hubs! All the best and keep up the good work.


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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

prices are fixed in our country $8 for car wash, polishing cost $80


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poetryman6969 16 months ago

Voted up as thorough!

Tree sap and ozone are two things I did not think to encounter when I started this article.

I have to agree with the commenters who opine that you could wind up spending a small fortune if you aren't careful!


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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello Suzanne Day. You labeled those little charges so appropriately that I'm now thinking I probably should have titled this hub, "Mystery Charges Exposed!" Mobile car detailing a great service when you can afford to splurge and do something nice for your car and gain a little time in the process.


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Suzanne Day 16 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thank you for explaining some of these mystery charges! I'm always a bit in the dark as to what is charged for what with both car detailing and servicing.


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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Faith Reaper! I have to admit, I don't see using the service for my truck, but we have a sports car that gets lots of attention. In fact, it gets washed just about every week and when it's not on the road, it stays covered.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Hi Marlene,

I have never heard of the mobile car washing and detailing businesses, and how convenient. I am for saving time! As you say, time is money.

With my hour commute during the week, my vehicle gets hit by all sorts of depris on the Interstate and gets a lot of pings too, so it wouldn't stay clean for long LOL ... I do love it when the vehicle is clean though.

Blessings


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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hahahahah, Bill! What that tells me is that you are a good ol' farmer guy. My husband washes and covers his little sports car regularly, but my Ford Expedition is our work truck and it rarely gets washed. What's the point? It's just going to get dirty again right away. It's a hard-working vehicle. There is no expectation that it should be clean.


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

I wish I had the money to blow on something like this. LOL I've owned this pickup truck (1997 Ford Ranger) for two years now and I have yet to wash it. Does that tell you something?

Have a great weekend, Marlene!

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