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Old 02-06-2008
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Mobile Car Detailing Business

Anyone run one of these? If so is it hard and is it profitable? I do landscaping and was thinking about doing MCD on the side... Or if you dont run one but have used a service how much did they charge you??
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i used to work with one, its not really hard no, dont know about profits, umm i think it was 30$ from us for outside wash, inside vacuum and wipedown, and tire dressing, it may have been more
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There are a few around here. They do 'ok' but nothing to make a huge profit on.

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i do it and depending on what you want done, is bases and charges vary

typically at least $50 for exterior detail, usually about 100 for inside, takes about 30 mins so it pays me well, when i get my lazy *** out and promote it, depends on competiton in the area as far as rates go. Also depends on condition of paint, if i need 2 coats to get it looking good, thats extra, if they have swirls and i need to pull out the buffer thats an extra 50.

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it can be hard to do it part time. I had my own mobile for the past 2 years. I detail at a dealer for 8-12 hours a day, then to find time or motivation to do more is hard. Profit isn't there in the beginning, with start-up costs for chemicals, advertising and whatnot.
My problem is that I take too my pride in my work, so if anything, I'll spend a sunday to make one vehicle look perfect, and my prices vary upon condition at the start.

Just like racing, if you go into it with nothing in your pockets, you'll come out with nothing in your pockets, if you spend all you have, you'll have nothing in the end.
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