• Lee @ 888

Detailing or Valeting or is it the same?


I often get asked what the the difference is between Detailing and Valeting?


Detailing, compared to Valeting, is an entirely different beast....


Detailing is a process that is focussed, mainly, on bringing the paintwork, plastics and exterior metals back to their absolute, better than new, best. Think of it as a paint correction process that aims to remove scratches, blemishes and swirl marks. It improves clarity of paint, improves finish of trim and if done properly makes maintenance a breeze.


The level of “detail” of the prep of the car to the drying and then when moving to the main stage, correction and protection is on another level. Machine polishers and abrasive polishes are used extensively during detailing, along with precise specialist tools that enable the experts to reach tricky areas and tackle the tiny little details (hence the name!) that a normal clean, wash and wax inevitably miss. This is why detailing takes anything from a couple of hours to a couple of days and not the 20 mins that a hand car wash/ valet offers


The result is a vehicle that really does look like new, if not better, and a finish that will last for a significant amount of time. We are talking upwards of 3 months to approx 2 years. Not just a sponge and rinse finish from your local hand car washes which require weekly returns


Simply put, if you really want to look after your car/vehicle, irrespective of its age, from an aesthetic point of view and value the way it looks and ultimately how it can be protected, detailing is something that’s certainly worth investing in during your car’s life with you


The question then is around cost of Detailing v Valeting...


Is it more expensive, yes, however there are some clear reasons...

  • Does it take longer? Yes

  • Does it use better products? Yes

  • Does it give better results? 100% yes

What detailing isn’t, and will never claim to be is a cheap option, due to the nature of the information above, however what it can be is a viable cost option and allows for simple maintenance knowing the vehicle is back to a great starting point


However, discussing costs, people think that detailing is aimed at Supercar, Showcar, Prestige, Classic Cars etc. Not at all, we aim to ensure that 888 detailing can be offered to any customers and have based our business on this.


Did you know that 888 detailing plans start from £80?

Did you know that our regular maintenance washes start from £30?

Did you know we are mobile and can come to you?

Did you know you can ask us and choose your options?


No to the above?... Then look at our social media pages, reviews, even ask our customers or, send us a message/ email or call and see what we can do


Lee @ 888 Detailing





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