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Old 02-26-2008
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Question about Detailing Pricing

Hey guys..I have done a lot of detailing on the side for people for awhile now but I had an offer for a pretty big job tonight. The truck is a Dodge 4 door 2500 diesel, 6" of lift on 35x12.50-18s (Mickey Thompson Classic Locks). Now what he wants done is the truck washed and waxed, fully detailed inside. Cleaning underneath (fenderwells, frame) and then polishing the rims, toolbox, and exhaust tips. It will prob. come out to about 8-9 hours of work for me. What do ya'll think is a fair price? I don't wanna come up with some crazy sounding price but that is a lot of work.
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200-250. Thats a ton of work.
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My first question would be, can you complete this in 8-9 hours. Seems like a bigger job than that.
Next, what kind of condition is the paint in? Will you be doing any paint correction?
What condition is the interior in? Does it have carpeting or a rubber floor? Cloth or leather seats?
What tools will you be using? Machine polishing? Carpet extraction? Do you have a steamer? Where will you be doing this? What kind of lighting will you be using? These and more are things that need to be considered before pricing is established.
Allow yourself a minimum of about $40/hour to do this. That would be cheap depending on the quality of your work.
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Man that price just sounds so high..but your right...I always end up sayin too low of a price. I just sometimes feel like they would laugh in my face lol
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Ya I mean I should def. be able to finish it in 9 I would believe I have def. done worse jobs in the same amount of time...my prob. is that I am an extreme perfectionist when it comes to detailing..you can tell this by the pictures of my truck I have posted, at least I hope so lol. But I always spend too much time. As far as the paint goes its great, the truck has 20,000 miles on it. Its carpet inside, and its also in good condition. It has cloth seats with seat covers. And I will def. be polishing by hand, its the only way I can get good results with doing rims and toolboxes.
Im guessin I was thinkin too low of a price.
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yeah at min 200 i would prob say 250-275 though
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Get what you think is fair for the work you do! If the customer does not agree, then move on, do not lower your price. Be sure to explain your process to the customer to be sure he/she realizes the work you are going to perform.
I have found that many people out there don't have a clue to what a full detail is. Many think just a wash, wax and a vacuum.
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I just wanted to put some examples of my work up here so ya'll know Im not some idiot detailer..lol..Im just not good at judging prices.
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And ya I def. agree, people have no idea what a full detail really is! Thats what kills me, people think im insane when I try to explain the amount of time it really takes. I think im gonna go with 225 and see what happens...it will be my highest estimate so far..thats for sure...gotta do what ya gotta do!
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Make that money!
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I am a detailer in the largest detail company in the NW and we usually charge about 250 or so for a full detail inside and out, wax, motor. Depending on how bad it is go from there
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Well I def. have a better idea now of what I need to charge..that makes me feel better. I appreciate all the help! Any other comments are welcome.
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I used to detail on my own, my prices usually came out to be about $30 an hour. I'd say $240-270.
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Man and to think for awhile I was chargin ten an hour..HAHA
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Hey, if they were willing to pay, I was willing to take the money. Haha.
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Id try at least $250 and charge materials (25-30 hr.)(soaps,cleaners,polishes,wax,applicators,ect.) if its not too dirty! More if it just got back from off roading, mud on carpet, tar,rubber on paint, ect. charge $300, if you get done early, he brings you lunch-diner or after you finished feel giving, you could cut him a break in the end , its harder to ask for more money when its done, easier to get talked down. You may say 300 and get an instant "when can you start", then tax em with the materials cost too! If its a detail for a show its worth it, remember the cost $300 is small to the cost of the vehicle, by a guess less than 1/100th = .01 : 1. Worst he can do is say no! When its done remind him it looks like a $ XX,000 dollar truck again.
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