Pre-Sale Detail Breakdown

Pre-Sale Detail Breakdown


Pre-sale detail (NOTE: You don’t have to be selling your car to book this detail, we do just as many for people who want to treat their vehicle to something special).

This detail is designed to MAXIMISE the value of your vehicle prior to sale, a complete detail of your car, covering all aspects of your vehicle. The perfect detail before taking photos of your car’s advertisement.

So what does the pre-sale detail include?

Let’s start with the exterior aspect of the detail. First impressions count, the exterior treatment including machine polish is designed to restore the gloss and clarity to your paintwork. Instantly making it more attractive to potential buyers.

High-Pressure Rinse – This is to remove as much mud/dirt/grime prior to washing.

pH neutral, gloss enhancing TWO-BUCKET wash with built-in paint conditioner. Performed with a lambs-wool wash mitt to ensure scratch-free results. – This is the ultimate in wash technique.

Carnauba based spray wax applied to add extra gloss and up to 3 months of UV paint protection.

Rims Cleaned  – With an acid-free wheel cleaner for safe cleaning.

Tyres Dressed

Clay bar treatment – This is to remove any bonded contaminants prior to polishing the surface, this includes brake-dust, chemical fallout etc.

Heavy bug and tar removal – Performed chemically, rather than abrasively.

One-stage machine polish – This is performed with a DUAL-ACTION polisher with zero-risk of burning paint/hologram etc. It is the SAFEST way to polish paintwork.

Exterior plastics rejuvenated to restore the colour and dressed to prevent fading.

Higher grade carnauba wax applied (deeper gloss and longer life-span) – Adds gloss, water beading, and protection from paint fading/flaking. (Generally lasts 2-3 months, dependent on maintenance routine).

Engine bay degreased and dressed. – Please note this is NOT a full underbody engine detail (people charge over $150 for this alone). It is all performed from above.

Moving onto the interior aspect.

Rubbish removal

Deep vacuum – Combined with a medium bristled brushes to open up the fibers and reach deep dirt.

Windows cleaned – Ammonia free cleaner which means it is SAFE on all window tint.

Boot cleaned out.

Dash wiped down

Console wiped down

Interior Dressing – Restores a matte finish and provides lasting UV protection.

Door Jambs cleaned.

Roof lining cleaned.

Deep Extraction Shampooing – Removes stains and disinfects all cloth/carpet.

Deodorised and new car smell.

FAQ How long will the pre-sale detail take?

This is hugely dependent on the current condition of the car. We estimate that it can take anywhere from 4-6 hours to complete the pre-sale detail. It’s very hard to give an exact estimate.

The time will also vary with the type of vehicle’s paintwork. E.g. a modern Mercedes / BMW has a physically tougher clear coat (the top layer of paint), therefore it will take longer to polish/correct. On the other end of the scale, a Subaru has very soft paint and takes longer to refine the finish.

Can this detail be performed as a mobile service?

Absolutely. Ideally, you will have water/power available (we can arrange our own, just let us know). We do require some sort of shade for the polishing stage, ideally a garage or carport but we can work with house/tree shadows if needed.

Please be aware that if there is no shade then the polishing will not work to its full potential.

Will this get all of the scratches out?

This is impossible to say without seeing the vehicle. This detail is designed to balance budgets with results, on some paints/vehicles it will be enough to bring it back to brand new, on others, it will bring it up to a great sale standard.

There is always the option of extra stages of polishing, your detailer will advise you upon arrival if they believe that it might be necessary, you can then decide from there. They can even show you a small test area to explain the differences.

My roof is has white cracks or is flaking, will this detail fix this?

No. Once your roof is at the point where it has fine white cracks or is flaking, this is “clear-coat failure” and it cannot be saved. The only option is to get that panel resprayed. We can help you get that organized but don’t do it ourselves.
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Swirl marks are microscopic scratches in the surface of paint that show up like cobwebs in bright light. They are caused by incorrecting washing and drying where dirt particles in the sponge and chamois leave microscopic scratches in the clear coat.

Solution – Single stage correction package will remove approximately 60-70% of swirl marks, dual stage 70-85% and triple stage 85-95%.


Lack of Colour depth is where the colour has faded but isn’t classed as oxidised, typical on one stage paints that don’t have a clear coat.

Solution – Single stage correction will improve colour depth however dual stage correction is recommended if you want to remove swirls at same time.


Finger nails, rings and car keys scratch the paint around the door handle and leave unsightly marks.

Solution – Spot machine polishing, although these scratches are usually too deep for 100% correction our spot correction can make these marks almost invisible. Great add for people trying to sell their car. Price $ 20 per panel when added to a detail or $75 call out fee + per panel.


Ghosting refers to the outline or visible stencil left on the paint after stickers/decals are removed. It is the contrast between the fresh paint that was protected under the vinyl sticker and the exposed paint that has faded and appears dull in comparison.

Solution – Spot dual stage machine polishing is the most affordable solution, $45 per panel and $75 call out fee. Depending on the colour of your car spot polishing may not be advised. The polished area will vastly contrast the unpolished paint. Lighter coloured cars can get away with single stage polishing at $20 per panel. Full dual stage paint correctionis recommended on darker coloured cars with these defects.


Oxidised paint is where the paint appears chalky and dull, it’s caused by breakdown of the paint from exposure to sun,water and oxygen. More common on single stage paints and white, red, and black cars.

Solution – Single stage correction can be effective on white or lighter coloured cars with light oxidation. On heavily oxidised cars, dual stage correction is highly recommended. Spot polishing is not applicable and only full correction packages should be considered.


Caused by vegetation and scrub rubbing against sides of the vehicle that leaves visible scuffs. These marks range from swallow to quite deep scratches.

Solution – Dual stage polishing is recommended as the first stage orbital polishing is better suited at resurfacing the affected areas with its more effective cutting action. The second stage of polishing restores gloss and further rounds off the deeper scratches.


Bird droppings are very acidic and start eating into your paint the moment it hits, heat and dry weather will amplify the reaction, it’s important to clean any droppings off as soon as you see them. If you still see a ghosting outline after washing you have an etching mark where its has eaten slightly into your paint. If the mark looks like the one in the picture sourced from meguiars online you only have light etching and this can be corrected with machine polishing.

Solution – Spot dual stage machine polishing is the most affordable solution, $45 per panel and $75 call out fee. Depending on the colour of your car spot polishing may not be advised. The polished area will vastly contrast the unpolished paint. Full Dual stage paint correction is recommended on darker coloured cars with these defects.


Paint transfer is occurs when a car panel comes into contact with another painted object with force and leaves a layer of paint behind. Common paint transfers are yellow paint marks left from bollards or garage door frames. The actual paint transfer can be polished off with great success, however there are usually a few deeper scratches that are left behind. The polishing stage will reduce the appearance of these scratches but if you can see the undercoat on your car, it’s time for respray.

Solution – Spot dual stage machine polishing is the most affordable solution, $45 per panel and $75 call out fee. Depending on the colour of your car spot polishing may not be advised. The polished area will vastly contrast the unpolished paint. Full Dual stage paint correction is recommended on darker coloured cars with these defects.


Bird droppings that have been left too long can eat all the way through the clear coat. If the mark is crazed, or cracking as shown in the pictures this is unfortunately clear coat failure and can only be fully repaired by repainting. The clear coat has been penetrated and no amount of polishing will remove all traces of the defect.

Light crazing and cracking can be vastly improved and is much more cost effective than painting, many customers still opt for an improvement by our Dual Stage spot paint correction. Although we can not guarantee restoration we can make the marks less visable for a fraction of the cost of repainting. Is a popular option for clients trying to improve their cars for sale.


Random deeper scratches are very common and depending on the depth will determine if they can be polished out. The general rule of thumb gives you an instant idea if the scratch is correctable. Run your thumb nail over the scratch and if a indentation is felt then generally the scratch is too deep to successfully correct by polishing. Normal wear and tear will see your car pick up a few deeper scratches over time. If the scratch is a different colour and you can see bare metal or primer, only repainting is your option. Where deeper scratches have not penetrated all the way through the clear coat you have more options.

A popular choice is to get the area polished to reduce the appearance of the marks first and then determine if you can live with the result. Alternately if chasing 100% correction respraying is your next option, remember that respraying just one door panel can cost $350-600. Dual or even triple stage paint correction package may give you a great outcome and permanently reduce appearance of those scratches without the expense of repainting your car.


There are actually three types of water spots but we will only focus on two of the most popular. The first is mineral deposits that sit on top of your paint and is usually a combination of magnesium and calcium. These minerals are soluble in your town water and when the water evaporates from the surface the minerals are left behind causing unsightly water spotting. This type of water spot can be removed with specific chemicals and light polishing.

See our single and dual stage paint correction packages to restore these spots. The other type of water spotting is where the same minerals have been left on the paint for some time and has started to eat into the paint. This causes deep etching and proves very difficult to remove. Due to the excessive time involved to polishing out these defects we do not offer this service in a mobile sense as it takes more than one days labour. Keep posted for our workshop location at the end of the year.


If there is paint missing and the scratches show the undercoat or even the base metal then repainting is your only option.


Clear coat failure is caused by long term exposure to the elements. This comes in the form of bubbling, blistering and peeling. Nothing can be done to fix this apart from repainting. See your local body shop for a quote.


Throwing eggs may seem harmless but cause irreversible damage to car paintwork. The small hard shell fragments cut into the paint at the point of impact and can only be fixed from repainting. A premium quality paint protection like our Modesta Liquid Glass has been know to prevent damage in some circumstances.


It makes my blood boil when I see senseless vandalism. If your car is keyed unfortunately respraying those panels is your only solution.