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Your car is a big investment, so keeping it in tip-top condition is something worth doing. And when it comes to keeping it clean and pristine, it’s all in the details.

In this article, we’ve made a handy list of the top 5 Canberra car detailers based on feedback from satisfied customers.

Things to look for in a good car detailer

Each car detailer received great feedback from our commenters, but before we hear from them, let’s talk about what a good car detailer should offer.

  • Experience. If a detailer’s been around a while, chances are they know their stuff. Make sure to pick one who’s up to date on the ins and outs of the business.
  • Punctuality. No one likes unexpected delays, especially when waiting to get something important back. A good car detailer won’t keep you stranded that extra half day, your sparkling clean car will be back when to you when they said it would.
  • 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 inside and out!
  • Passion. You need someone who takes pride in their work: a real car lover who wants to see their face reflected in your polished hubs, a perfectionist who’ll see to every spec on the windscreen.
  • Friendly Service. You want to see a smiling face when you hand over the keys, Canberra’s best car detailers always keep customer service in mind and strive to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
  • Fair Price. While an impeccable car detailing job costs more than a trip to the drive-through, it also shouldn’t break the bank – a good detailer sets reasonable prices that work with your budget.

Have you got anything else to add to this list? Let us know below.

The Top 5 Canberra Car Detailers According to You

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.

We’ve read through your comments, and considered your feedback. Here’s our list of the top car detailers in the Canberra region.

Diamond Detail - Ceramic Coating & Car Detailing Specalists

Jason offers ceramic coating, restoration, pre-sale, minor or extreme detailing for your car, returning it to near new condition. He loves cars, so for him being able to be surrounded by beautiful cars all day is a dream. Soon to move to bigger premises in Fyshwick to accommodate more nicely detailed cars. Google reviewer Hermione says:
‘These guys are amazing! Professional, friendly, upfront, easy to talk to and did a stunning job to top it off’

VIP Mobile Detailing

Feel like a VIP with a beautifully detailed car from Australia’s oldest car detailing company. Opened in 1983, VIP mobile detailing will come to you and also offer window tinting, gas struts, car protection packs. Every franchise is owner operated and Stu will be happy to take enquiries for the ACT area.
Oneflare reviewer John says:
‘Stu at VIP is fantastic! My car has never been cleaner!’

Obsession Car Detailing

Paint and interior correction as well as window tinting, engine bay cleaning and exhaust polishing. Not to mention a whole list of other services Saad and his team deliver at Obsession Car Detailing. It’s no surprise, and the business name says it all, these guys are obsessed with detailed cars. Facebook reviewer Sarah says:
‘The entire process from start to finish was seamless. Saad knows his stuff, and gave me great advice.’

Platinum Hand Car Wash & Detailing

Sam’s Platinum Hand Car Wash & Detailing is based in MacGregor and provides a number of car detailing services. From a platinum polish to interior only or the whole full detail shebang, Sam’s professional and friendly customer services makes for a great start to a beautifully clean car. Google reviewer Lynette says:
‘Car is spotless. Great job, price cheaper than my usual. Nice coffee shop to wait for my car wash only 1 min walk!’

Mach1 Detailing Specialists

Brandt’s old school values of you get what you pay for means all his customers get a quality detail and they won’t pay for anything they don’t need. This family run business comes to you and also offers great after care advice. Facebook reviewer Justin says:
‘Brandt’s cleaning service is exceptional. There are no words to describe his level of professionalism, great character and generosity.’

 Who did you pick?

 

Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra car detailers.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based car detailers? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 8:18 am 20 Jan 12

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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