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Old 06-09-2010, 03:39 PM
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Re: Detailing Business For Summer Job -What Packages should I offer?

the PC and pads are too expensive to make any money using it......too time consuming as well. You'd have to charge $350+ plus a true paint correction using those. You'd also have to buy a huge package of pads so you would have enough. Then you would spend atleast an hour an evening cleaning the pads.
You need to get hooked up with a detail supplier in your area. they will have cheap pads for a rotary buffer. the rotary will be cheaper and one step to get a nice finish. The pads are alos very cheap compared to the lake country and others for the PC.
I have done probably 20 complete paint corrctions with a PC and its really not worth the money no matter what you charge. Now...if you just plan on car washes and such....then thats a different story.

FYI-I worked in my Dads auto detail shop for 10 years. he had the business open for 25 years...so i know a little about what it takes to do what you are wanting...even on a small scale. IMO...the cost of materials is gonna cost you more than you think....to do a detail right.
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Re: Detailing Business For Summer Job -What Packages should I offer?

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Re: Detailing Business For Summer Job -What Packages should I offer?

I did the same thing the summer before college as well (2 yrs ago) for me and it worked out great! They key Id say form my experience is marketing and begin able to do a good job in a reasonable amount of time. i had business cards made up (like 4"x3") with some thick stock. Had a picture of a yellow Ferrari 360 on it w/ the package I offered beneath. Dropped those around town and talked to a few buddies of mine who own mechanics shops, car dealerships etc and got hooked up form them. All in all a great deal, I did maybe 50 cars over the summer @ an avg of $100/car for a full detail (wash/wax, wheels, tires interior etc) and you can do the math haha. Def use detialed image, i love their stuff, wouldn't touch my car with anything else!

As far as your package, have a starter option say for like $40/$50 which would be a full wash and interior detail. Then you could have a performance package for like $75/$80 which would be that plus a nice compound/wax type of deal. Wheels/tires are a must on all cars, but you can have ad ons like I did like sealers, polishes, interior leather cleaning, carpet cleaning etc etc. add on are great and at $5/$10 a piece you'll be able to bill nicely for some simple stuff. Obviously your not out to rip people off but if you do a good job w/ some good products that actually last, you should be making $30+/hour so look at it like that. Good luck with project, get the word out now!
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Re: Detailing Business For Summer Job -What Packages should I offer?

My best advice is to check out other detailers sites. If you want to see what some top notch detailers offer check out this link - http://www.detailedimage.com/Find-a-Detailer/
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