Hi, just trying to get a few tips. I am not very good with maintaining my car, i.e. I very rarely wash it and since it is a convertible, I hesitate to drive it through these automatic washing places. Today I decided to invest a bit more and took the car to a place that specializes in high level detailing, but booked their more basic package that supposedly included washing, claying, waxing, polishing and a basic cleaning of the interior. This is the second time I had this done, and again I am very underwhelmed. I think there is a difference between washing a car and cleaning a car - mine is washed at best, and I never would have guessed that they had polished it. Am I expecting too much for $100? They claimed that this is because of waterspots which are clearly there because the car lives mostly outside - and they want $300-400 just to remove those. A larger spot where I scraped along a wall which left some of the plaster on the car paint almost looked like before; I had asked to remove as much of that as possible but was told they would need to use a buffer for that which is not in this package. I am sure I could do a better job with a scotch brite. And the interior was superficially wiped down, I am not sure they even used any cleaning agent because there are still dull and grimy spots where I rest my (sometimes sun-screened) arm and in other places where using any kind of cleaner would have easily cleaned the surface.
I don't expect show room quality for $100, but this was certainly not worth the money. I was too grumpy to argue and just paid and left, in the mood I was it could have gotten ugly... What are your experiences with this? Am I expecting too much?
Not sure if when I will find the time, but I would definitely like to work on the interior a bit, clean the painted metal pieces and freshen up the black vinyl - does anybody have tips for products that work well? Any thoughts about water spot removal? That affects most of the exterior pInt surface and would be a bigger endeavour, I am not sure I should try and tackle that myself without any buffer experience. I do like my car clean and in good shape, but I am aware that a car built in 2006 will never look like new again (too many scratches in there anyway), and at 140K miles there is a limit of what I want to invest in aesthetics.