We constantly receive calls of people asking us, “Do you guys do car washes?” Car washes are great and necessary, but when considering detailing, car washes are often the tip of the iceberg.

Auto detailing is the use of professional methods and products to rejuvenate the exterior and/or interior of a vehicle.

Auto detailing is an art. Like many things, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A person could look at a Picasso painting and not give it a second glance. However, a painting connoisseur could see the true value in the work of art. Auto detailing is no different. The intensive process and skill required to make a vehicle look, smell, and feel brand new can be overlooked by some, but appreciated by many.

Auto detailing a vehicle is going beyond a simple car wash. For the exterior, it is washing the car but depending on the package, also using a clay bar on the vehicle. (A clay bar is like an acne cleanser to your skin, it removes dirt from the pores of the paint that a car wash doesn’t, it is completely safe for your paint) A praised specialty of auto detailing is using high speed machine polishers to remove swirls and scratch that are in the paints finish, that car washes can’t remove and sometimes even inflict. Wet sanding the vehicle is also another option for vehicles that need much attention. Applying high quality waxes and sealants is often always applied by professional detailers. Permanent coatings have also become increasingly popular over the last few years.

An auto detail compared to a car wash alone is like comparing a general practitioner to a specialized surgeon. By no means is anything wrong with a general practitioner, but when you would like more attention and expertise in a particular area, it is best to see a specialist.

Much of the same hold true for the interior of vehicles. Many “car washes” simply vacuum the carpets and spray some shiny protectant on the dashboard. However, an auto detail consists of using special tools and attachments to get in the often-overlooked cracks and crevices. This is done using specialized vacuums, steam cleaners, and more. The motive is often not to simply clean the interior but rejuvenate it to feel like new.

A detail is not for everyone. Some people are simply fine running their vehicles through a car wash that can damage their paint, while choosing to have someone clean their interior in a matter of 3-4 minutes.

Others value their vehicles in a way that they understand how you treat your vehicle will determine how it treats you. They want to give their vehicle the time and care to have it personally catered to and have it treated the attention that often takes hours to perform.

I hope you are able to grasp what an auto detail is to better understand what to expect and determine if a certain level of service is right for your vehicle.

While I often contrasted auto detailing from car washes to make a point, some auto detailers simply do car washes alone, while others simply include it in more intensive services. Either way, you should evaluate your needs and determine what particular level of service your car deserves.

For some great car detailing services in Melbourne, you can check out at Fresh Car Detailing and click here to read more articles regarding mobile detailing.

What have been your experiences with auto details and car washes?


If you are in Mulgrave, Victoria 3170, and looking to detail your car, below is the best way to visit us.

Contact us at

Fresh Car Detailing – Mobile Car Wash Melbourne

18 Cumberland Chase

Hampton Park VIC 3976

(03) 9999 7553