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    confused how much to detail a zafira

    a while ago one of my neighbour's asked ...''how much you want to give my car a damn good polish ???''

    what do you recon, he has a pannacotta zafira 55 plate, was thinking along the lines of...

    snow-foam
    wash
    clay
    wash
    meg's scratch-x on a few panel's
    meg's1-2-3
    wheels clean and seal
    hoover / deodorise
    glass inside and out

    it has done about 36k and is a taxi, no stains on the inside (thankfully) but there are a few big'ish mark's on the bonnet, he has been buging me for a while about it now, want's it done asap as start's a new school run contract in sept

    what do you recon, he willingly pay's £20-£30 a month for a so called valet anyway.......
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    It depends if your looking to make money and if you value your time.
    I reckon a detail cost me about £30-£40 in products, clay, shampoo, polishes wear on pads, and wax depending on the wax used.

    Dressing the interior after cleaning and hoovering it really does add the wow factor.
    Ditch the step 3 but a proper wax you will appreciate the durability of it on your own car never mind the other cars you do. Collinite 915 is a great wax and £23 is a great price.

    My first detail on someone elses car I charged for the products and that was it 18 hours later their car was worth £2000 more to a dealer. I did it for the experience of working on a car other than mine or my sisters. Full machine polish and swirl removal, windows cleaned and nano coat applied, trims dressed, wheels cleaned and waxed, inside hovered and dressed, glaze applied and topped off with 2 coats of dodo juice banana armour.

    In my normal job I would have charged over £700 for my time alone. but you can't go charging people that unless you have the marketing that Paul Dalton uses. most pros charge about £250 for a full machine polish detail. but most people are only prepared to pay the price of a vallet you need to be carefull too cheap and he will tell all his mates and you will end up working your butt off for nothing, to expensive you will get no more work from it. It all depends what your looking for.

    I have detailed a car for a roast chicken dinner in the past. It was very good.
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    I'd say £200 as a min Rich

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    As said before it depends on how you value your time. If you are sitting indoors stuck infront of boring TV and fancy being outside then go for it. Don't go in too cheap as it is hard to increase the price afterwards down the line.

    I would suggest you did a full detail first then you can maintain it if he likes your work. Without seeing the car and knowing how fast you work it is difficult to say how long it will take you but I would work on the fact it would take all day.

    I would charge £80 for the first time to bring the car up to a certain level. If it needs a machine polish add another £90. As john says get some 915 it lasts ages so will make a re-clean so much easier.

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    Rich. This is simple.

    Charge £120 and then drive said vehicle to here
    Hand over the £70 and then sunbath for the next 5 hours. Upon completion return vehicle, take the praise and put £50 towards the wheels fund.

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    £70 is a great price. We use to charge £60 for a regular car and £70 for a 7 seater over 10 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1975l View Post
    As said before it depends on how you value your time. If you are sitting indoors stuck infront of boring TV and fancy being outside then go for it. Don't go in too cheap as it is hard to increase the price afterwards down the line.

    I would suggest you did a full detail first then you can maintain it if he likes your work. Without seeing the car and knowing how fast you work it is difficult to say how long it will take you but I would work on the fact it would take all day.

    I would charge £80 for the first time to bring the car up to a certain level. If it needs a machine polish add another £90. As john says get some 915 it lasts ages so will make a re-clean so much easier.
    was thinking around the £80 - £100.00 mark, will see what he say's to that...as for my time, it is very valuable, i am self employed and time is money will look into the 915 stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevel View Post
    Rich. This is simple.

    Charge £120 and then drive said vehicle to here
    Hand over the £70 and then sunbath for the next 5 hours. Upon completion return vehicle, take the praise and put £50 towards the wheels fund.
    like your style matey.........
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    If your self employed and have plenty of work I would entertain it at all or price high as you don't need the work.

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    I did a Volvo S80 a while back for a friend and charged £100 but I won't do it again. Spent about £35 worth of products and all spent all day on it.

    Defo ditch the Stage 3, I used it once and although it gives quite good results I found it only lasted 2 weeks max, Collinite 915 lasts months.

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    £35 really that much.

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