What’s the difference between valeting & detailing? The answer can be different depending on who you ask but the term originated from America and made its way over here in the ’90s and is simply the term given to someone in who valets & details cars. However, it is slightly different here in the UK as each tier as I list below is a completely different service.
There are certain ‘tiers’ to car care so when does washing your car become detailing? Personally, I break them down like this;
1. Car Washing
The most basic form of car care, whether your doing it at home or have the local £5 car wash do it. Generally all this will involve is a wash and hoover of the car, unless you go to a fancy £8 car wash they may also dress the tires and wipe your dashboard down with some cheap greasy plastic dressing.
The rule of thumb is to avoid these car wash places like the plague, their cheap products and methods will likely do your car more harm than good. Those buckets of water see many, many cars per day and have you ever looked at the colour of the water? Yeah, not good…
Typically a car wash will run you from £2 to £15.
The middle stage of car care, valeting ranges from washing, interior cleaning, seat and carpet shampoo, hand polishing and waxing. I like to think of valeting as the maintenance stage of care care where after you have had your car detailed, the best thing is to have it valeted regularly to maintain the finish by your detailer.
A typical car valet can take anywhere from 2-8 hours. You can expect to pay between £30 – £150 for a respectable valet.
This is where the fun begins! Detailing covers everything valeting covers, just more in-depth. For example often times with a valet you can receive a polish by hand and while this will remove minor scratches and imperfections in the paint, you need a machine polisher and different grades of expensive polished to truly remove deeper scratches and swirls. Generally, this will improve the appearance of the paint to better than when it left the factory.
Once complete a detailer may often discuss with you long term methods of protecting your newly polished car. This may well just be a return every few months give the car a wash and apply a new coat of wax. Other times, if you are after long term protection from 1-9 years, a ceramic coating can be applied to keep all areas of the car protected such as wheels, paint, fabrics, glass, and leather.
A typical car detail can take anywhere from 8 hours to 8 days depending on the level of work being carried out, the paint itself and the model/size of the vehicle. You can typically expect to pay between £200 – £800 dependant on the service being carried out.
To sum up, Detailing is essentially getting the absolute best finish possible from the paint surface – and all other aspects of the car and then keeping that perfect finish protected long term.
Valeting ideally is the method of maintaining a detailed car to ensure that paint surface is regularly protected and cleaned.
Car Valeting & Detailing in Glasgow by Simply Detailing.