What is Car Detailing?

Ottawa Car Detailing Services

Car detailing, otherwise referred to as auto detailing, is the art and craft of professional cleaning and restoring a vehicle to like-new condition. It’s commonly mistaken for car washing but differs in its more precise and labor intensive cleaning process that can include both exterior and interior cleaning.

Detailing services can come in a wide variety of different packages and will commonly include services like: vacuuming, steam cleaning, perfuming, and scrubbing for the interior and washing, paint claying, polishing, and waxing for the exterior. If you want to get your car to look and feel like new from the inside out, then auto detailing is what you’re looking for. Contact us today to learn more about our services and different detailing packages!

Car Detailing Job


Please note that the condition of every vehicle varies, therefore we thoroughly inspect each and provide a final service quote prior to commencing any service.
All prices listed herein are subject to change and do not include taxes. Additional charges may apply for vomit, feces, and bodily fluid removal (starting at $150).
We require that all personal and valuable belongings are removed prior to services as we are not responsible for any lost items.
Service times may vary.

A Man Waxing a Car After a Full Detailing Job

The Benefits of Auto Detailing

Why Get Your Vehicle Professionally Detailed?

Running your car through a car wash might clean the exterior of your vehicle, but it won’t keep your car in pristine, like-new condition like a detail would. Some of the main benefits of getting a professional detailing include: 

  • High-Quality Clean – Get rid of any and all signs of dirt, debris, stains, and odours with a professional detailing.
  • Increase Resale Value – Detailing is the most cost effective way to increase the value of your vehicle before listing it for sale.
  • Driving Satisfaction – Nothing feels better than driving around and showing off your perfectly clean and shiny car.
  • Preservation – Preserve your paint job and interior upholstery by getting your car cleaned with protective solvents.

Auto Detailing Pro Tips

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Looking at all that goes into a full car detailing, there are a lot of techniques and guides that the average person might not know without having completed a full detailing before. Our car detailing experts here at JREK Autocare want to share these tips with you:

  • Never Wash Your Car In Direct Sunlight – Nearly all automotive cleaning products will perform poorly in direct sunlight or on a hot surface. Heat speeds up the drying process of the water & soap which can lead to streaks/spots.
  • Work Your Way From The Top Down – The bottom of your vehicle is the primary contact with the roads many contaminants such as salt, dirt, mud, and more. You don’t want to be working those up your vehicle.
  • Make Sure You Have The Right Equipment – When we’re talking about the biggest pro tip there is when it comes to automotive detailing it’s that you must use the proper kind of towel to not risk any scratches on the exterior of the vehicle! Using normal cloths or even paper towels can create small abrasions on your vehicle’s paint surface. Use a plush microfibre cloth or glove and reduce the risk of any possible abrasions!


For more great tips about automotive detailing, check out our blog: “What To Expect From a Full Car Detail”

Car Cleaning Microfibre cloth



We have been emersed in the auto-
detailing industry since 2004, so we have
every confidence that we can provide our
customers with world-class service in every
area. With our professional approach, you
can rest easy knowing you will get exactly
what you need from our team of certified
autocare experts.


Our team is here to make your autocare
experience simple & positive. When you
return to pick up your vehicle, we complete
a walk-through of your service to ensure
the upmost satisfaction in our work. We're
not happy unless you're happy. We also
provide a loaner vehicle for our Ceramic
Coating & PPF services so you can continue
on with your day, hassle-free.

& Passion

Each one of our team members has a
serious passion for the automotive
industry. We believe this shines through
in our work on each and every vehicle,
no matter the year, make or model. Our
pride in the final product ensures you
will receive each service to the highest
of standards and drive away happily.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Auto Detailing FAQS

A car detailing is a professional cleaning and restoration of a vehicle to like-new condition. It’s a thorough and detail-oriented cleaning of both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. A typical detailing service will include services like steam cleaning, vacuuming, scrubbing, polishing, and waxing.

A full detail will typically take between 4-6 hours. However, the duration of a detailing job can vary significantly based on the types of services you request, the size of your vehicle, and how dirty your car actually is.

When getting your car professional detailed, you get what you pay for. The cost of detailing a car can vary anywhere from $150 – $400+ depending on the types of services that you’re getting. The price is a reflection of the time and effort that goes into a very detail oriented cleaning of your vehicle.

Contact our team of auto detailing experts to get a quote for your next car detailing appointment!


The main difference between a car wash and a professional car detailing is how in-depth the overall cleaning process is.

A car wash is meant to be an exterior washing of your vehicle to keep the exterior surface cleaning from dirt, dust and debris. While an auto detailing is a detail-oriented cleaning of both the exterior and interior of your vehicle. A detailing service can result in a much more thorough clean and will also provide a layer of protection to help extend the life of internal and external components of your car.

A full detail is just what it sounds like, it’s a head-to-toe detailing of your vehicle that includes all non-mechanical components of your vehicle. A full detail typically includes:

  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Exterior Paint
  • Seats
  • Exterior Trim
  • Carpets
  • Headlights & Taillights
  • And more!

It depends on how clean you like to keep your vehicle! Detailing frequency will typically depend on lifestyle, your car, and the type of person that you are.

However, most experts recommend that you should detail your car 2-3 times a year to keep your car in optimal condition. A high-quality, professional detailing can help keep your car in pristine condition and can also extend its lifespan – saving you money in the long run!