The Best Car Detailers in Canberra

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Whether you drive a high performance vehicle, restore older cars as a hobby, or work at a dealer buying secondhand cars for resale, chances are you’d like to keep your investments looking as good as the day they rolled off the factory floor.

Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can achieve yourself with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. If you’re serious about keeping your vehicle thoroughly clean inside and out, protecting it from the elements and extending the life of the paintwork, you’ll need to have your car professionally detailed.

Car detailing, also known as auto-detailing, is one of the best ways to keep your car in tip-top condition. Much more than just a basic car wash and vacuum, car detailers use specialist tools, products and techniques to recondition and restore your car so it looks – and feels – brand new.

But what qualities should you look for in a car detailer, and where can you find the best in Canberra? Let’s take a closer look.

What makes a great car detailer?

Car detailing is both an art and a science. The best car detailers have the skills and flair to ensure a polished finish, as well as the expertise to choose the products, tools and application techniques that best suit your vehicle.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a car detailer.

  • Experience. Look for a car detailer with experience on their side. The more years they’ve been in the business, the better chance they’ve worked on cars like yours. An experienced car detailer should also be able to set realistic expectations, avoid rookie mistakes that risk damaging your car, and provide expert advice on how to maintain your vehicle.
  • Attention to detail. Detail is in the name: a good detailer won’t just give your vehicle a once-over; they’ll carefully revitalise every nook, cranny, surface, and section in your car.
  • Quality tools and products. The quality of car detailing tools and products can vary considerably, and different vehicles may need different products. Check that your chosen car detailer has a sound knowledge of the products and tools they use, and understands which product to apply and when.
  • Convenience. Some car detailers will come to you, while others prefer you bring the car to them – which can be particularly convenient if you work or shop nearby. Some offer flexible appointment times, and others are open longer hours to accommodate busy individuals. Whatever your preference, opt for a car detailer that minimises hassle and stress.
  • Value for money. It’s true that quality car detailing will cost more than a trip to the drive-through car wash. But it also shouldn’t break the bank. A great detailer sets reasonable prices that work with your budget. Be aware, however, of car detailers promising unusually low prices, as this could indicate a lack of skill or experience.

The best car detailers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Mach1 Detailing Specialists

Mach1 Detailing Specialists

If you’re after personalised service, high quality workmanship and a genuine first-class experience, Canberra’s Mach1 Detailing Specialists could be the company for you. It’s a family-run business that is committed to ensuring your car looks its best.

Whether your car needs a standard wash and polish, scratch and scuff removal, or a concourse detailing service before it is displayed at a car show or presentation, Mach1’s experienced team is ready to help. For added convenience, they even come to you.

Happy customer David shared his experience with Mach1 on Google Reviews: “Brilliant, highly professional service. If you want your car looked after, it’s worth trusting your car with Brandt. In love with my car again after the great job he did. Bonus he was able to do the job on a public holiday at no extra charge. Tip tops.”

Enzo Auto Detailing

Enzo Auto Detailing

If you’re after high quality workmanship using the best detailing tools, look no further than Enzo Auto Detailing. It’s an Opti-Coat certified car detailer specialising in auto detailing, ceramic coating paint protection and paint protection films installation, also known as PPF.

Enzo Auto Detailing services include:

  • Opti-Coat pro+ ceramic coating. The ultimate protection for your vehicle featuring SiC ceramic coating technology;
  • Paint correction. A ‘better than new’ finish with certified polishing skills,professional experience and top quality buffing machines;
  • Pre-sale detailing and maintenance detailing. From general detailing to comprehensive whole car refurbishment, Enzo Auto Detailing guarantees you 100% satisfaction.
  • Paint protection film (PPF). If you enjoy driving your car the way it was meant to be driven, Enzo Auto Detailing’s team argues that PPF is the superior choice.

Here’s what happy customer Caren Greer had to say about their experience with Enzo Auto Detailing in a Google review: “Fantastic ceramic coating work. Albert also goes through with me how to maintain my car for long term, very patient and professional. Recommended,” she wrote.

7/15 Darling St
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Adrian's Detailing Canberra

If you care about quality workmanship, eco-friendly products and convenience, Adrian’s Detailing Canberra could be the car detailing company for you. It’s a mobile detailing service that comes to you, with services including cut and polish, paint decontamination and fabric and carpet protection – all using waterless, eco-friendly products.

Facebook reviewer Kathryn wrote, “Polite, punctual and professional. The outcome was far beyond my expectations. He brings all his own equipment and leaves no mess behind.”

VIP Mobile Detailing

VIP Mobile Detailing is Australia’s oldest car detailing company. Opened in 1983 with franchises nationwide, including in Canberra, VIP Mobile Detailing comes to you, and also offers services like window tinting, gas struts and car protection packs. Every franchise is owner-operated, with the owner of the business working on your vehicle each time.

Here’s what customer Christopher had to say about his experience with VIP Mobile Detailing in Canberra in a Google review: “I am very fussy on my car washing/detailing and have always done it myself, this changed when I found Stu via a friends recommendation. I have not been disappointed. He has very high standards on all the work he performs…very highly recommend,” he wrote.

Obsession Car Detailing

Obsession Car Detailing provides high-end and premium car detailing services, with a focus on European luxury and performance brands like BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Ferrari. It offers paint and interior correction, as well as window tinting, engine bay cleaning and exhaust polishing.

The name says it all: these guys are obsessed with car detailing. As Facebook reviewer Sarah wrote, “The entire process from start to finish was seamless. Saad knows his stuff, and gave me great advice.”

Your experience with car detailers in Canberra

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Boss290gt Boss290gt 7:18 pm 16 Mar 17

I’ve used MACH1 for years, they have never let me down. a very personalised and professional service. all the years I’ve dealt with them I have never been able to find a bad review about them. their website is http://www.mach1detailing.com.au

DHV DHV 9:50 am 05 Mar 13

If you are still looking for a place to get your car detailed. We offer a family run business based in Gunghalin. My husband is a massive car enthusiast and treats every car like it is his own. We offer impeccable attention to detail at an affordable price. Contact us at dhvdetailing@gmail.com or give us a call on 0421 731 304.

sammyg sammyg 2:47 pm 18 May 12

just had my car done a few weeks ago by Mach1 detailing Specialists. i was amazed with the job that they did they made the car like it just came out to the showroom.

they were very easy to deal with and quick to book. they called me up on the day to reschedule due to there being poor weather planned for the day witch i thought was fantastic ( nothing worst than just getting your car cleaned and then it rains).

the day that they come the car i was expecting them to arrive in some old van thing or a station wagon but to my surprise they arrived in a ford GT witch got me thinking that these guys take pride in what they do.

they did a walk around the car with me to point out any damage or any concerns that i had and then they started with the cleaning. it took about 3 hours for them to complete the car. and as i said before it looked like it had just came off the showroom floor.

i will be using these guy for all of my car cleaning needs and would recommend them to everyone

give them a buzz and visit there website http://www.mach1detailing.com.au

Chop71 Chop71 2:18 pm 10 Apr 12

Has anyone had a water damaged (just carpets) experience? Mrs Chops car stinks after the last onslaught of rain and really needs a propper steam clean – or carpet replacement. Just wondering costs and will it ever be new again?

Deref Deref 4:40 pm 29 Jan 12

RedDogInCan said :

Deref said :

What’s claybar, pls?.

It’s a piece of putty like stuff that you rub gently over you paintwork with a cleaning solution to remove dirt that has become embedded into the paint. Your car needs to be already really clean before you use it, otherwise it will scratch the paint. I used to use it on my show cars but the two days it takes to properly detail a car to this standard is probably overkill for the daily drive.

🙂 Thanks. Sounds pretty good.

RedDogInCan RedDogInCan 4:05 pm 29 Jan 12

Deref said :

What’s claybar, pls?.

It’s a piece of putty like stuff that you rub gently over you paintwork with a cleaning solution to remove dirt that has become embedded into the paint. Your car needs to be already really clean before you use it, otherwise it will scratch the paint. I used to use it on my show cars but the two days it takes to properly detail a car to this standard is probably overkill for the daily drive.

Deref Deref 7:56 am 29 Jan 12

What’s claybar, pls?

I had Time Tunnel in Fyshwick do a car for me some years ago. Pretty disappointing for the price.

grug grug 8:44 pm 28 Jan 12

bugmenot said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Send out the word and try and get Damian to come up here for a few days!

According to DA (FI’s forum), there are already works afoot to make this happen! Sounds like it could possibly be a regular thing, too.

Good times, indeed… I’m sure you’ll hear about it if it eventuates

A poll is up on DA (final inspection’s forum) to see how many people would be interested in a Canberra-based clinic, or to have Damien do some detailing work up here. Looks as though it could be a goer for March if enough people express an interest…

AlpineViper AlpineViper 2:47 pm 20 Jan 12

Just be aware that Waves list on their “menu” that they use Armorall. Every detailing site/forum I’ve come across since starting to read about detailing claims that that Armorall is a bad idea – something to do with the silicons mixed in the cleaner in it make the material you are applying it to dependent on it. If you dont apply it regularly thereafter and let it dries out then you can start getting cracks in your dashboard.

2.0 2.0 10:19 am 20 Jan 12

Loxmyf said :

There’s a difference between a good car wash and a detail. Waves will wash your car for $35. They’ll wash the outside and clean/vacuum the inside, and do a pretty good job. But they won’t claybar or remove swirls or wax your car for that price (if they offer the service at all).

Waves do pretty much anything you want, (claybar, cut polish, hand polish, 365 day paint protection, shampoo carpets/seats, leather cleaning/treatment, aircon treatments etc.) and they actually do quite a good job. take your car into Braddon and they will give you a price depending on what you want done.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:41 am 20 Jan 12

bugmenot said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Send out the word and try and get Damian to come up here for a few days!

According to DA (FI’s forum), there are already works afoot to make this happen! Sounds like it could possibly be a regular thing, too.

Good times, indeed… I’m sure you’ll hear about it if it eventuates

Good news.

Pear Pear 8:18 am 20 Jan 12

Do not use the one in the Canberra Centre car park! Hopeless job.

bugmenot bugmenot 10:47 am 18 Jan 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Send out the word and try and get Damian to come up here for a few days!

According to DA (FI’s forum), there are already works afoot to make this happen! Sounds like it could possibly be a regular thing, too.

Good times, indeed… I’m sure you’ll hear about it if it eventuates

Padoof Padoof 8:03 am 18 Jan 12

Following RA research last year, I bought a gift voucher for Mr Padoof from Ace car detailing. Lovely young family struggling with two young children with significant illnesses. They (finally) honoured the detail from their house after a few months of toing and froing. Turns out that one child has coeliacs and the other a brain tumour…makes you realise how lucky you are when you hear how horrid some families have it.

Wishing Rob and his family all the best, but it didn’t seem likely that he’ll be setting up at the Queanbeyan location again.

AlpineViper AlpineViper 10:55 pm 17 Jan 12

ramblingted said :

Maybe detailing is too fine a word for it..all I want on my 2000 Subaru wagon is someone to give it a good going over inside to get rid of the residue of a few years of many trips to the tip, and a couple of hairy but much missed four legged friends…

In that case I’d say Waves at gungahlin will do you fine.

Loxmyf Loxmyf 9:21 pm 17 Jan 12

AlpineViper said :

I think traveling to Melbourne might be a bit extreme for what many of us are after with our fairly standard cars :p

How do you drive it back without it getting instantly ruined by 7 hours of dust and bugs?

Take it to one of the local car washes and give it a high pressure rinse. /experience

ramblingted ramblingted 9:12 pm 17 Jan 12

Maybe detailing is too fine a word for it..all I want on my 2000 Subaru wagon is someone to give it a good going over inside to get rid of the residue of a few years of many trips to the tip, and a couple of hairy but much missed four legged friends…

AlpineViper AlpineViper 2:37 pm 17 Jan 12

I think traveling to Melbourne might be a bit extreme for what many of us are after with our fairly standard cars :p

How do you drive it back without it getting instantly ruined by 7 hours of dust and bugs?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:10 pm 17 Jan 12

bugmenot said :

It’s in teh other thread, but I’ll bring it up again here…

Final Inspection in Melbourne. There are many, many people from Canberra who take the time to travel down for their services. Arguably Australia’s best.

Send out the word and try and get Damian to come up here for a few days!

bugmenot bugmenot 1:56 pm 17 Jan 12

It’s in teh other thread, but I’ll bring it up again here…

Final Inspection in Melbourne. There are many, many people from Canberra who take the time to travel down for their services. Arguably Australia’s best.

They are the only place that I will recommend. I’ve not been convinced of any detailer in Canberra that I would classify as “good”. In fact, I’ve corrected some local “professionals” work who have left the paint of a >$100,000 car riddled with holograms. Sadly, that place has already been recommended above… 🙁

Though it ultimately depends on what you are after as a “detail”. Some peoples definition is a little hazy.

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