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What Are the Differences Between Car Detailing & Car Wash?

Let's be honest - our cars can always use a little cleaning. It can be pretty challenging for most of us to keep our vehicles in pristine condition with busy schedules. Not only do we not have the time, but we may lack the knowledge or tools to do the job justice. If this sounds like you, it may be beneficial for you to consider getting the service of car detailing. 


Car Detailing VS. Car Wash

You may be wondering, "Is there a noticeable difference between a car wash and car detailing services?" and the simple answer is: DEFINITELY. These two services may seem similar at first, but they are immensely different from one another. The average cost of a car wash can be significantly less expensive than car detailing. However, most people justify the price difference for additional services offered.


An average mechanical car wash will only include exterior cleaning and washing, drying, and tire washing. A car detail service with Paul's Automotive will consist of:

  • Wash/dry exterior
  • Comprehensive cleaning on wheels
  • Clean door jams
  • Hand wax (for an additional fee)
  • Clean and sterilize all handles, armrests, seatbelts, etc.
  • Clean inside windows
  • Clean dashboard
  • Clean leather/shampoo cloth seats
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpets, including trunk

Do I Still Need Car Detailing If I Wash My Car?

The simple answer is: Yes. Even if you try to do these services on your own, you will likely still get a lower quality end product due to the limitation of products and tools. At Paul's Automotive, our expert technicians can do a meticulous cleaning of every inch of your vehicle. Additionally, we can give you a complete inspection on top of your clean to ensure your vehicle systems are functioning correctly. If you require a car detail or any other auto service, give us a call or visit our shop in Baltimore, MD, today.

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