How Much Does It Cost To Buff A Car?

Do you want to prep your car for a local show and you want to gauge the average cost of how much a good buffing will cost you?

Well unfortunately, I can tell you that each and every single professional detailer or local car wash will give you a different answer that will include different services.

However, there is an overall theme that takes place amongst the detailers and car washes which can give you a general feel of what to expect when it comes to pricing.

These aren’t going to be hard-definitive numbers and pricing, but it will give you a sense of direction for a buffing (aka paint correction, aka swirl removal) price.

Local Car Washes Rely On Volume With Low Prices

Like mentioned in the first sentence of this blog post, if you’re wanting to get your show car prepped for a local show, then you want someone who knows what they’re doing to detail your car.

Especially when it comes to buffing and polishing because you wouldn’t want to pay someone your hard-earned cash just to receive a less-than-amazing result from it, right?

That’s what you’ll typically find at your local car wash. The employees (aka detailers) are paid a little bit above minimum wage to detail your vehicle with little to no true work experience.

Since car washes rely on a lot of people bringing in their cars, the detailers are focused on getting as many cars in-and-out as fast as possible. So they’re not worried about making sure your paint is well-taken care of or that the details are handled.

As long as your car looks a little bit better than before, it’s a job well done.

That’s not the type of experience you want for yourself.

Professional Detailers Will Charge A Lot More

A professional detailer is the complete opposite of a car wash. Although the professional detailer maybe busy and booked out 2-weeks in advance, it doesn’t mean they rush their quality of work.

They’ll make sure that your car is going to be well-taken care of and that it will be a superior job well done.

But this doesn’t mean they’ll take forever on your car to complete. If they have two or three employees, those employees will be properly trained and paid well to hold a consistent quality of work on each customer.

Depending on the area that you live, you may have to look a bit deeper around the internet to find a reliable and trustworthy detailer. But if you truly want amazing results, it’ll be well-worth it at the end.

As the old adage goes, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”


In my opinion, there’s only one way to go about this situation; the right way.

A car wash simply wouldn’t give you the type of results that you’ll be proud of. Although it will be less-expensive, the probability of you then going out to find a true professional detailer to give you the results you wanted are pretty high.

So it’s best to simply go with the option that will get you the best results in the first place.

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