How much would you pay for auto detai...

How much would you pay for auto detailing?

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KAP

Morehead, KY

#1 Jan 1, 2013
Was throwing the idea around of opening up a auto detailing shop this spring/summer. I've been doing it from the house fairly cheap. Figured I'd get an idea of what people would be willing to pay if I opened an actual shop. I use top of the line products (not Meguiar's, Turtle Wax, etc.). A full detail usually takes me about 6-8 hours....meaning inside and out of vehicle. So....how much would you be willing to pay to have your car detailed inside and out?
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#2 Jan 1, 2013
KAP wrote:
Was throwing the idea around of opening up a auto detailing shop this spring/summer. I've been doing it from the house fairly cheap. Figured I'd get an idea of what people would be willing to pay if I opened an actual shop. I use top of the line products (not Meguiar's, Turtle Wax, etc.). A full detail usually takes me about 6-8 hours....meaning inside and out of vehicle. So....how much would you be willing to pay to have your car detailed inside and out?
I think it depends on the area where you're located; what town are you wanting to put this business?
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#3 Jan 1, 2013
Dr is in the House wrote:
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I think it depends on the area where you're located; what town are you wanting to put this business?
Since this is on the Morehead forum, I would have to think that this is the area he is considering starting this service.

As for the cost, does it include buffing out the finish of the outside of the car? In the past, we paid $100 for complete detailing, inside and out, which included cleaning the carpets/mats and buffing out and waxing the exterior.
KAP

Morehead, KY

#4 Jan 1, 2013
Yes, it would be in the Morehead area. And it would include machine buffing and polishing.
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#5 Jan 1, 2013
just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>Since this is on the Morehead forum, I would have to think that this is the area he is considering starting this service.

As for the cost, does it include buffing out the finish of the outside of the car? In the past, we paid $100 for complete detailing, inside and out, which included cleaning the carpets/mats and buffing out and waxing the exterior.
He may be listing on the Morehead forum but it is showing up on other cities as well so your comment is totally ignorant. If detailing a vehicle takes 8 hours and the charge is $100, that's not a very good business approach. A person can obtain a $12.00 per hour job fairly easy so I'd bump it up to about $22-$25 per hour. People will easily pay that amount for a good detail job for sure in Western Kentucky, good luck.
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#6 Jan 1, 2013
Dr is in the House wrote:
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He may be listing on the Morehead forum but it is showing up on other cities as well so your comment is totally ignorant. If detailing a vehicle takes 8 hours and the charge is $100, that's not a very good business approach. A person can obtain a $12.00 per hour job fairly easy so I'd bump it up to about $22-$25 per hour. People will easily pay that amount for a good detail job for sure in Western Kentucky, good luck.
Morehead is not western Kentucky. Most people here don't make that kind of money. This is a small town in a depressed rural area, so people won't be spending that kind of money.
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#7 Jan 1, 2013
just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>Morehead is not western Kentucky. Most people here don't make that kind of money. This is a small town in a depressed rural area, so people won't be spending that kind of money.
Ok, I understand what you're saying but I was confused on the location because the post is showing up on our sites here in wky. I'm sorry for the confusion and I wish only the best for those in your area and hopefully, the detail business will e a success.
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#8 Jan 1, 2013
Dr is in the House wrote:
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Ok, I understand what you're saying but I was confused on the location because the post is showing up on our sites here in wky. I'm sorry for the confusion and I wish only the best for those in your area and hopefully, the detail business will e a success.
I do, as well. The detail shop we used went out of business, though I'm not sure why. There are precious few opportunities for people to start small businesses that will do well here, so I sincerely hope that he does well. The key is keeping the overhead down so that the prices can remain affordable for the local residents. It's difficult in an area where $10 an hour is considered good wages.
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#9 Jan 2, 2013
just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>I do, as well. The detail shop we used went out of business, though I'm not sure why. There are precious few opportunities for people to start small businesses that will do well here, so I sincerely hope that he does well. The key is keeping the overhead down so that the prices can remain affordable for the local residents. It's difficult in an area where $10 an hour is considered good wages.
I'll make you a deal, if I start another business, I'll bring it to Morehead.
KAP

Morehead, KY

#10 Jan 2, 2013
Thank you all for your input. I know that it would be hard to start a business in Morehead because of peoples income around the area. It would be hard to find a good location with a decent size garage too. It's something I love to do, but it is impossible to do it from home in the winter, because I do not have a garage. I know in bigger cities detailers charge $25-$35 an hour.....but there is no way to get that here....no matter how good you are. I've got a lot of thinking and researching to do. Thought I'd start here to see what people would be willing to pay.
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#11 Jan 2, 2013
KAP wrote:
Thank you all for your input. I know that it would be hard to start a business in Morehead because of peoples income around the area. It would be hard to find a good location with a decent size garage too. It's something I love to do, but it is impossible to do it from home in the winter, because I do not have a garage. I know in bigger cities detailers charge $25-$35 an hour.....but there is no way to get that here....no matter how good you are. I've got a lot of thinking and researching to do. Thought I'd start here to see what people would be willing to pay.
Just remember my friend that people who have their vehicles detailed do so out of luxury not necessity. It can be a very lucrative business if it's in the right area, good luck.
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#12 Jan 2, 2013
Dr is in the House wrote:
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I'll make you a deal, if I start another business, I'll bring it to Morehead.
We won't be in Morehead much longer, but for those that will be, I sincerely hope that you are serious. I would love to see any family owned businesses get started and be successful. It's a nice town, but there are just so few opportunities for people.
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#13 Jan 2, 2013
KAP wrote:
Thank you all for your input. I know that it would be hard to start a business in Morehead because of peoples income around the area. It would be hard to find a good location with a decent size garage too. It's something I love to do, but it is impossible to do it from home in the winter, because I do not have a garage. I know in bigger cities detailers charge $25-$35 an hour.....but there is no way to get that here....no matter how good you are. I've got a lot of thinking and researching to do. Thought I'd start here to see what people would be willing to pay.
Just as a point of interest, the detailing shop that we used was in a garage building to the right of Melini's. It's in a fenced in area (good security for vehicles needing to be left overnight). The building seemed quite adequate for that business. It might be worth checking into if it is vacant. I wish you the best of luck!
KAP

Morehead, KY

#14 Jan 2, 2013
There's actually a detailing shop in that location now. Not sure who owns it though. I was going to look into the old ambulance service building.
KAP

Morehead, KY

#15 Jan 2, 2013
And thank you all for the well wishes.
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#16 Jan 2, 2013
just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>We won't be in Morehead much longer, but for those that will be, I sincerely hope that you are serious. I would love to see any family owned businesses get started and be successful. It's a nice town, but there are just so few opportunities for people.
I'm very serious and if I decide to expand, I'll go to Morehead
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#17 Jan 2, 2013
Dr is in the House wrote:
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I'm very serious and if I decide to expand, I'll go to Morehead
That's nice to hear. If it comes to pass, I wish you well, as well. What type of business do you have?
QualityCarCare

Morehead, KY

#18 Jan 3, 2013
just a thought wrote:
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Just as a point of interest, the detailing shop that we used was in a garage building to the right of Melini's. It's in a fenced in area (good security for vehicles needing to be left overnight). The building seemed quite adequate for that business. It might be worth checking into if it is vacant. I wish you the best of luck!
He's still in business. He's now working out of the old Heiners Bread building by Save-A-Lot.
Dr is in the House

Tucker, GA

#19 Jan 3, 2013
just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>That's nice to hear. If it comes to pass, I wish you well, as well. What type of business do you have?
I am in the log & lumber business and have twenty two other people that I work with. I don't like to say they're employees so I call them coworkers
just a thought

Palm City, FL

#20 Jan 3, 2013
Dr is in the House wrote:
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I am in the log & lumber business and have twenty two other people that I work with. I don't like to say they're employees so I call them coworkers
Well, I'm sure that Morehead would welcome anything that would create more jobs. I wish you well!

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