Originally Posted by bebe
30 minutes ? After what I saw at our dealer, they need to take a wee bit longer than that to clean and prep. Nothing serious. But a greasy residue on a lot of the control buttons, black smudges on the beige seats. Maybe they were in a hurry, but I thought prep and clean, means just that !!
I used to work at a dealership as a tech and I can tell you that the "prep" part and the "clean" part are done by different people. The mechanics do what the call a "PDI" (pre-delivery inspection), which is basically a check list to make sure everything works on the vehicle. It also includes installing the license plate frames (usually drilled into the front bumper), installing body plugs, and other misc. stuff. Then the car goes to the detailers who remove all the plastic from the interior, install the floor mats, and then wash and dry the vehicle. You shouldn't have any dirt on the seats or anywhere since everything should stay wrapped in plastic until right before you take delivery of the vehicle.
The PDI typically takes about 15 minutes tops and the detail guys usually spend around 20 minutes on their part.