Car washing and car detailing – Are they the same thing?

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between car washing and car detailing, you’re not alone. At Bumpertek, we’ve come across many people that think car detailing is virtually the same as a wash in every way except one – the damage it will do to your wallet.

But car detailing isn’t just an expensive car wash. It goes so much further than the simple hose and rag job that many of us do on a Sunday afternoon when our vehicle is looking a bit dusty.

For those looking to get top dollar for their vehicle or simply hoping to have their car look brand new, a detailing might be just the thing.

Woman detailing car interior 

Don’t both just clean?

If you’ve asked yourself this question, you’re 100 per cent correct. In theory both just clean the vehicle.

But, while both a car wash and a car detail aim to make a car look clean and new, car detailing goes a step further, restoring your vehicle to showroom condition.

Car Wash

A car wash is generally an inside-out job done by any old amateur or even the kids when they want a bit of pocket money.

It requires a bucket, a hose, a vacuum cleaner and some shampoo, rinsing, wiping and repeating to remove surface dirt. Inside, typically a vacuum, and wipe down of hard surfaces, with the total process taking an hour or so.

While this works well for your daily drive, helping to keep it looking tidy, a more detailed clean can sometimes be required.

For those looking to sell their car, a more detailed clean could help with the sale price.


Car Detail

A car detail on the other hand is much more time consuming and in-depth than a simple cleaning.

Car detailing involves specialist car service that includes car shampoo, car paint repair, leather clean and conditioning, engine bay clean, waxing, paint enhance buffering and mag wheel cleaning as just the start. Undertaken by a professional, a car detailing can get into areas a hobbyist can’t and provide a deeper clean.

For most, a car detailing is not required every week, but every so often to improve the longevity of your vehicle’s paint. If you want your car to look like it just left the showroom, a car detailing could be just the trick.

How can we help?

If you want to take back your Sunday, while restoring the value of your car, Bumpertek is here to help. With a car paint repair from Bumpertek, we can help your vehicle look at its best.

With just a few taps on your phone, one of Bumpertek’s mobile technicians can come to a place that is convenient for you, across Sydney and its surrounding suburbs. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation quote for car paint repair, Sydney.