Save Money By Detailing Your Own Vehicle
I got in my car to go to the gym, immediately noticing it was in need of a cleaning. While the car is mine, my son is the regular driver of the vehicle. It had been weeks since I had driven it. The dashboard had a noticeable layer of dust, fast food receipts were scattered throughout the interior, and the floor needed vacuuming.
My dirty car could use a detail service.
I’ve paid to have a vehicle detailed before, and was very impressed. While an occasional detail could be a nice treat, I can’t afford to pay $130 every time one of my vehicles needs a little cleaning. Instead, I was going to apply a little elbow grease.
While I could get out a hose and a sponge, there’s a place a few minutes away that does a great wash and towel dry for only $7. The low cost is a great value, and is well worth the savings in time.
When I got back from the car wash, I pulled my shopvac into the garage. If I didn’t have a shopvac I could use a vacuum at a nearby gas station. I pulled the floor mats and put them on my driveway. I vacuumed the mats, then turned my attention to the interior of the car. I vacuumed the floors and the seats, making sure I pushed the seats all the way forward, as well as all the way back.
Interior Wipe Down
Next, I got a bucket of warm water and a rag. I wiped the dashboard, the interior of the doors, and the center console. Once that was complete, I wiped it all down again with automobile disinfectant wipes.
Cost : $4.99
The whole process took me about an hour. Both the outside and the inside of the vehicle was clean and it smelled nice as added bonus. My DIY detail job cost me about $12 as opposed to the $130 of paying someone else to do it. While it may not be as complete of a job as a full detail, my self cleaning is just fine for every day use of my car.
Do you clean your own vehicle, or do you pay to have it detailed? How often do you clean your vehicle?
Brought to you courtesy of Brock
Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.