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Car Detailing Tips & How to Increase Your Trade-in or Resale Value

Is it that time again? Excited to upgrade to a newer car but at the same time you don’t want to give away your current one. Your car that you are driving now could be worth more than you think if you get it looking tidy and shiny!

We are here to help you get the best trade-in or resale value for your vehicle. Having a clean car is critical to getting the best possible price for your vehicle. So get your vacuum, some towels, and supplies – today, we’ll walk you through the process of getting your car detailed and ready for a successful negotiation.

The below tips will definitely get your car looking great again and give you an advantage when it comes to negotiations.

Detail the interior

If you’ve been neglecting your car’s interior, it’s time to tidy up. Start with picking up any large debris, water & soda bottles, receipts, coins, and snack wrappers. Once all cleared, give your seats and floor a thorough vacuuming and don’t forget to reach all cracks and crevices. If your floor mats are heavily soiled, maybe you need to consider shampooing them for a fresher look.

Vacuuming may not be enough for your car seats. If you have lighter color leather upholstery you need to remove any dirt marks using leather soap and a microfiber towel. As for cloth seats, it can be a more involved job and may require advanced tools to extract liquid spills or saucy food stains, such as a drill brush and an extractor.

Be careful not to use any abrasive brushes or harsh products as you could cause serious damage to your upholstery.

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Dashboard

Sitting in the driver’s or passenger’s seat, the first thing you notice is any dust or dirt on the dashboard. The good news is cleaning your dashboard is an easy process and could be done by using a dash cleaner  and a soft cloth. For stains that are beyond just wiping down, use a soft bristle brush.

Air vents

It’s very easy to spot dust in air vents and cleaning them can be a little tricky as they come in different designs and sizes. Simple tools like a skinny brush and a good shop vacuum can be sufficient to suck all dust and dirt, and if you have an air compressor it’s a plus. Since you are cleaning your vents, it’s a good time to inspect your cabin air filter as well.

Disinfect and refresh the interior

No one wants to be in a car with bad odors regardless of how shiny and clean it looks. It’s very important to treat such odors to secure the utmost trade-in or resale value.

Most smells are temporary and can be removed by replacing the air filter, thorough carpet and seat cleaning, and good ventilation.

However, stubborn smells may require extra steps like shampooing carpet, floor mats, seats, and headliner. This can be achieved by using fabric & upholstery cleaner, a brush, and dry/wet shop vacuum.

Wash and wax the exterior

Let’s keep it simple. There are several ways to wash your car’s exterior, you can either wash it at home using the two bucket method or have it washed at a car wash.

If you decide to take the DIY route, make sure you have car wash soap, high quality microfiber towels, and access to a water source. Being eco-friendly we will always recommend the waterless  option to conserve water and keep runoff contaminants away from our creeks and lakes.

Lastly, wax your paint to protect it against the elements and restore that dealership glow. You can choose from a variety of wax types, such as paste, liquid, or spray wax.

Paste is our first choice as it provides the most protection and shine. You can either apply the paste directly on the paint or on a high quality microfiber towel specially for buffing. Rub in the paste in a circular motion to ensure even coverage. Turn your towel to the clean side and buff any excess.

Apart from detailing your car, it’s worth inspecting your brakes, checking for any fluid leaks, and replacing the tires if needed.

Congrats, you just increased your car’s resale value.

 

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Ellie An (유정)
Ellie An (유정)
2022-06-21
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J Walker
J Walker
2022-06-14
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Super professional and friendly service! I love the easy booking and text alerts. It’s so cool that only 2 gallons of water is used per vehicle. My car was properly cleaned and I’m very happy with the service I received. I added on the child car seat shampooing which made it look brand new.
Beyoncé Fils-Aime
Beyoncé Fils-Aime
2022-06-14
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They were so kind! they waited for me when i was in traffic and they made my car look so new i was so happy with the diamond detailing the price is amazing and the work is amazing truly a great service and great people!! also amazing communication with booking and everything!
ShaQuila Brown
ShaQuila Brown
2022-06-11
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The gentlemen were extremely professional. They were upfront with prices. My vehicle looked so much better afterwards. They prefer you to do a walkthrough because they’re willing to go back and correct any detail missed, and I appreciated that they wanted to make sure I received a quality service! The booking portion is no hassle either. I will be utilizing their service again for my car. I did not get a picture due to traveling but I will take some when I return.
Tamile Wells
Tamile Wells
2022-06-06
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I was skeptical at first, as it is a mobile detailing service, however Nick arrived 10 minutes early, got to work and did a superb job, my car looks like I just drove it off the dealership lot.
BL
BL
2022-06-03
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The best in all of Meto Atlanta area. They did a truck that was so dirty and the seats were heavily stained. Wow 🤩 I didn’t think it could ever be so clean again Amazing work. Nick was professional and spent 3 hours with his crew bringing my truck back to life. I highly recommend this company and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for my other cars. Thank you !!!
Queen Beene
Queen Beene
2022-05-30
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This was the best detail I ever had my car never looked so good. They were Very professional and detailed my suv in great time. I will definitely be using this service again.
Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma
2022-05-27
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La'Venska Fulcher
La’Venska Fulcher
2022-05-25
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They did a fantastic job with my car. I am very satisfied . My car looks brand new . They even sanitized my car
Jeff Johnston
Jeff Johnston
2022-05-23
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I was very impressed with the service, professionalism and attention to detail that Nick and his team provided. I got the Sapphire service today which includes wash, wax and interior detailing. I was amazed how they were able to remove the tough stains from my carpet and mats and the exterior wash and wax sparkled! I’ll definitely use AquaGreen again.

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