Car Washing vs. Car Detailing

Car Washing vs. Car Detailing

Car washing and car detailing are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but are actually two completely different processes! Both services involve cleaning your car’s exterior, so it is important to understand the differences between them so you can choose the service that is best for your needs.

We’re Kevin’s Detailing, Virginia’s premiere detail shop, and we have worked on more cars than we can count in our decades of experience. If you’re looking to add a little shine to your vehicle one way or another read on to learn more about whether detailing or car washing is right for you, or schedule your appointment with us today!

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Car Washing

Car washing is the process of using soap, water, and a soft cloth, sponge, or brush to remove dirt and debris from the exterior of your car. This process is typically done in a car wash, but can also be done at home. Car washing is meant to give your car a quick clean, and it usually takes less than an hour to complete.

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Car Detailing

Car detailing is a much more thorough process than car washing, and it usually takes several hours to complete. It involves cleaning, polishing, and waxing the exterior of your car, as well as cleaning the interior of your car. Car detailing helps to restore the original condition of your car and can help to protect its paint and interior surfaces from the elements if you’re in the market to sell.

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The Benefits of Car Washing

Car washing is a relatively quick and inexpensive service that helps to keep your car looking clean. Washing your car on a regular basis can help to prevent dirt and debris from damaging the exterior of your car, and can help to maintain the value of your car.

A person using a brush to apply soap to a car

Benefits of Car Detailing

Car detailing is a major overhaul of your car’s exterior and interior. In our 12-plus years of experience, we at Kevin’s Detailing have seen our fair share of cars in dire need of detailing, and we’ve transformed them all through our services. Hot wax, vacuuming, washing, wiping down, and cleaning your entire vehicle can make all the difference in your ride, compared to a standard car wash!

Ready to upgrade your ride, or just treat your current vehicle to some TLC? Stop by our detail shop in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake Bay today to get started with us, or simply schedule your appointment online now, and enjoy a cleaner, restored vehicle today.