Factors to Prioritize When Choosing a Car Detailer

factors choosing car detailer

If you’re considering car detailing for the first time, choosing the right detailer for the job is an important task. Like any other personal service industry, there are a wide range of quality levels out there for vehicle detailing.

At Kram’s Mobile Detailing Services, we welcome and even recommend comparisons of our vehicle detailing services to our competitors in the area. This is the proper approach for any diligent customer, and we’re extremely confident our services and reputation will stack up well against other comparable companies. Here are several of the top areas you should be prioritizing when it comes to choosing a car detailer, plus how we stand apart from the competition in several of these areas.


One of the immediate ways we stand out from many of our competitors: We don’t have a single set location, instead using mobile services to bring the highest-quality detailing solutions directly to you at your convenience. This means you don’t have to worry about items like gas or taking the time to make the trip.

As you consider other possible detailers, be wary of strange location types. A detailer located in a home garage, for instance, isn’t a great sign of the professionalism you’ll find. This isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker on its own, but it’s certainly a potential red flag to keep an eye on.

Reviews and Customer Satisfaction

Any detailer, no matter their location, should put the customer first. At the same time, it’s important to be at least slightly wary of a detailer who guarantees they can fix any imperfection or issue with your vehicle before even inspecting it – this is because there are certain issues that simply might be permanent in a vehicle, such as major odors or significant scratches. Someone claiming they can fix literally anything might be a snake oil salesman.

A better way of getting to the heart of how customers feel about a given detailer: Check their reviews, both on Google and in other locations. Don’t expect absolute perfection, but a higher-rated company is generally a good route to go.


Another possible red flag to look out for: A detailer with prices that are far lower than other comparable options in the area. They say you get what you pay for, and this is often the case here – someone offering a crazy discount is usually doing so because the services they provide aren’t that great.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t shop for a good deal. Simply ensure you request a price quote based on an in-person inspection, not simply a phone call or an online estimate.

Timing Considerations

One final potential sign of a less-than-reputable car detailer: Someone who claims they can complete the entire job in an hour while every other estimate you receive says 4-5 hours at minimum. Detailing is just that – a detailed process that often takes significant time depending on your needs. While it’s good to search for pros who can get the job done relatively quickly, those who will rush it and skip important steps are not what you want.

For more on the factors you should be prioritizing when choosing a car detailer, or to learn about any of our detailing or window tinting services, speak to the staff at Kram’s Mobile Detailing Services today.