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1557 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA, 92029

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Call 760-745-3000, Option 2 to set an appointment)
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Call 760-745-3000, Option 1 to set an appointment)
  • Sat8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    (New Saturday Hours! )
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    (New Saturday Hours!)
  • SunClosed
Collision Center Hours:
  • Mon - Fri8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed

What is Car Detailing?

A common question we hear from San Marcos drivers is “What is car detailing?” While many drivers believe car detailing is the same as a car wash, a car wash is more of a surface-level cleaning. Car detailing goes more in-depth, and it can restore the inside and outside of your vehicle back to pristine condition. Car detailing may even focus on eliminating scratches or blemishes on the exterior of your vehicle. Some drivers prefer to do their own car detailing, however, you can also bring your vehicle to BMW of Escondido near San Diego to have this task performed by a professional. BMW of Escondido has even provided a guide to car detailing below.

Car Detailing: What You Need to Get Started 

Before you start on any exterior or interior car detailing, it is a good idea to compile all of the items you need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing mitts
  • Microfiber cloths 
  • A variety of small brushes (such as a paintbrush)
  • Canned air
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Carpet stain cleaner
  • Car-safe cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Surface protector for vinyl and leather surfaces

Exterior Car Detailing Steps

If you are going to detail the exterior of your car, follow the steps listed below:

  • Wash the Exterior: Use water and a solution designed specifically for cleaning the exterior of your vehicle. You do not want to use cleaning solutions like household detergents. These products can strip off the wax on your car’s surface. Also, make sure to frequently swap out any microfiber cleaning cloths you use. As they become contaminated with dirt and debris, those contaminants could actually damage your vehicle’s surface. Once your vehicle has been thoroughly cleaned, use clean towels to dry it. 
  • Clean the Wheels: To clean the tires, you can use the same solution you used on the exterior paint or opt for a product that has been specifically crafted to clean tires. A small brush can help to remove dirt from hard-to-reach places. 
  • Wax the Exterior: While this step is not necessary, a coat of wax can help to protect your vehicle’s exterior and keep it shining like new. Once finished, use a small brush to remove any excess wax. 

Interior Car Detailing Steps

For successful interior car detailing, take a look at our guide below:

  • Carpeting: Vacuum the carpet first. If you need to get rid of any stains after vacuuming, use a stain remover and brush to remove them. 
  • Door Interior: Use a solution made of soap and water to clean the non-carpeted part of your doors. Use a towel to dry the surface. Don’t forget the metal and plastic parts of your door jambs.
  • Windows: Use a window-cleaning solution designed for automotive use and dry the windows thoroughly. This can help to prevent streaks. 
  • Upholstery: Similar to the steps for cleaning the carpet that are listed above,vacuum the seats and remove any stains with a stain remover and brush. To prevent mildew after the seats are cleaned, let them dry with the car doors open. 
  • Steering Wheel Column: Remove dust and stains with a cleaning solution, dry, and apply a surface protectant. 
  • Dashboard and Center Console: Your small brushes can help to clean cracks and tight crevices. Use a cloth to dry the surfaces. 

Still Wondering How to Detail a Car? 

If you are not confident about detailing your car properly, don’t worry! You can leave any car detailing to the professionals at BMW of Escondido. Ask us about our affordable and competitive car detailing prices! We want to keep your car looking brand-new for as long as possible. 

BMW of Escondido 33.1162419, -117.109332.