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How to start a car mobile detailing business


The idea of starting your car mobile detailing business may sound intimidating. The challenges you would face would be like any other start-up business. The good thing about your dream job is that you wouldn’t need to go for years on end to school to attain a degree.

You would however have to be well versed in all there is to know about detailing cars. If you love cars, you would end up doing what you love to do, while earning a living at the same time.

What is Car Detailing?

Car detailing is not the typical car DIY car wash that you utilize when you want to clean your car. It is far more than that. It is the thorough reconditioning and cleaning of a vehicle, in full scale. This means that every inch of a car has to be analyzed, for a deeper clean and restoration of components that may have deteriorated over the years.

How is a car detailed?

Both the interior and exterior plus the engine have to be looked at and thoroughly cleaned. Some examples of interior and exterior work done in car detailing are:-


  • Thoroughly washing the whole body of the car.
  • Washing and polishing the outer windows.
  • Scrubbing the wheels with exclusive products along with the lug nuts, and brake callipers.
  • Deep washing the windshield wipers.
  • Applying and polishing the car with wax.


  • Polishing the interior glass after thoroughly cleaning it.
  • Scrubbing the seats and removing years of stuck dirt from the surface.
  • A complete deep clean with shampoo on the carpet, eliminating stains.
  • Washing the plastic and vinyl parts of the interior while dressing them.

Engine detailing involves applying a degreaser to all exposed parts of the engine, spraying lightly on the parts for a nice clean and drying silicone, plastic, and rubber parts and surfaces to decelerate cracking.

Now, those are just the basics. There is extensive work that goes into detailing a car. Therefore, educating yourself would be commendable if you have the desire to work with cars and open a car detailing business in the process.

Tips on how to start a Car mobile detailing business

Before you dive into getting the business, there are a few things you need to do. You can’t go rushing into starting a business if you have no idea of what you are doing. Below are some tips that can guide you into getting to where you want to be eventually.

Get a job in a car detail business

If you are thirsty and want a drink, you have to go where the water is. In simple terms; get first-hand experience in the craft. Make acquaintances with people who are already established and are successful in their car detailing business. That way, you can pick their mind, learn and create your path. You have to crawl before you can walk. Therefore, work in the establishment for a couple of years to get a broad understanding of the business.

Enrol in a course

Seek out a course online about car detailing and enrol in it. The courses featured online are inexpensive and it would be a great investment to make, especially if that is what you want to do.

Research on seminars that may be happening in your neighbourhood about detailing cars and attend some of them. The more you gather knowledge, the closer you get to beginning your own business.

Take your time in establishing a business

After getting to know your craft, start to weigh out your options. There is no rush in starting the business. Adjust your lifestyle and decide how and when you can start making plans for your investment supported by a robust emergency fund. It may not be easy at first, but taking your time to come up with a solid plan will guide you into succession.

Get a Business Licence

When you finally get to the point of starting the business, make sure that you get an LLC first (Limited Liability Company) which will protect you in the event of any personal financial liability when and if your new business accumulates debt. As an entrepreneur, this is one of the important coverages you should have for your new business.

Buy crucial equipment

Since you shall be running a car detailing business, buy all the required equipment that will keep your business up and running. They include:-

  • Sponges, buckets, towels.
  • A hot water extractor.
  • A pressure washer
  • Chemical cleaning products
  • Last, but certainly not least; A mobile van or truck.

Luckily, the investment you make in a car mobile detailing business is not as expensive as many other businesses out there. You can always start small and slowly progress to a bigger setup.

Build Clientele and returning customers

Interact with your customers by setting up email newsletters or offering discounts and other products for sale. This is a great way to keep them engaged with you at all times. Have a marketing strategy on social media and spend some money on advertising your business. Maintain an online presence. Get a website and include all your social platforms for easy access to your business.

Furthermore, study your competitors and see what works for them and if you can flip it and make it work for you. That way, your business stays ahead and becomes more appealing to people.

Stay on top of the game

Evolve with the times. When something new and innovative comes up in the industry, don’t hesitate to embrace it. You have to be able to stay connected to what is trending and appealing to your customers.

Get a permanent Location

When all is said and done, you can now expand your business and establish a permanent location. After the profits start rolling in, you could further invest in creating several spots in your locale for diversity and growth. Who knows? What starts as a car mobile detailing business can grow into a whole chain of stores. All you have to do is start somewhere.

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