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What Is Car Detailing & Do I Need to Have My Car Detailed?

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If you’ve ever been confused when you heard someone say, “I need to get my car detailed,” then you’re not alone. While car detailing is a common enough service - one soon coming to Metro Motor! -, most people don’t do it nearly as often as they should. As a result, many new drivers never learn the vitality of having their car detailed. 

Everything You Need to Know About Car Detailing

What Does it Mean to Have Your Car Detailed?

Car detailing is a deep cleaning service that goes beyond your standard car wash to restore your vehicle to a like-new condition. One of the major differences is that having your car detailed means your car interior will be cleaned and that it will be cleaned by hand in order to get the best possible results. 

How Do You Detail a Car?

You can actually detail your own car, as long as you have the time and some basic equipment. Car detailing often entails an exterior wash & polish, vacuuming & stain removal, and deodorizer to leave the car smelling sweet. Some detailing services may also include premium wax & paint correction, which would necessitate special equipment.

However, if you want the bigger, better deal, then you’ll want to have your car professionally detailed. A professional car detailer will have the skill and experience to get the job done quickly and the knowledge of how to best car for the surfaces in your vehicle. 

Why Should You Get Your Car Detailed?

The primary reason car owners will get their car detailed is to increase the perceived value to prospective buyers, whether they’re individuals or dealers where you’re looking to trade. Though, we’re fans of preventative maintenance at Metro Motor, and think regular detailing is the way to go. This helps you avoid more expensive maintenance bills in the future. 

When Do You Need to Have Your Car Detailed?

How often you get your car detailed can be highly variable depending on your lifestyle. If you lead an active lifestyle (or just have kids) and track a lot of debris into your car, you might need to invest in more regular detailing services. However, it’s recommended everyone have detailing service at least twice a year

Having your car or truck detailed is a great way to help maintain your vehicle. It’s especially helpful to those trying to sell or trade their car, but the benefits of regular detailing extend beyond the look of the car. We’re excited to soon be offering full-service auto detailing at Metro Motor, but if you have any questions about car care and maintenance in the meantime, you can ask one of our certified auto technicians.   


Vehicle care information made available by Metro Motor is presented as helpful advice for general maintenance and should not be construed as instructions for at-home vehicle service. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual and a licensed, professional mechanic for diagnostics and repair.

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