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Alright so I need some consulting on what you think of my business plans.

I have been doing countless research and work on my own car, and have also been a detailer in the past for a shop for a small amount of time. I want to start a detailing business on the side to earn a few extra bucks on the weekends. Doing my research, I have found chemicalguys.com which seeing their products, and how they work, they seem to have the most professional and high quality detailing product line.

My overhead startup would be with good quality materials, and would expand as I make more money. Below the material list is my pricing, which I need to know if they seem fair or if they're too high priced.

OVERHEAD: (prices with shipping estimated
Interior:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Blue_Guard_II_Wet_Look_Dressing_16_oz_p/tvd_103_16.htm =$10
http://www.chemicalguys.com/V_R_P_Super_Shine_Dressing_16_oz_p/tvd_107_16.htm = ~$10
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Silk_Shine_Sprayable_Dressing_16_oz_p/tvd_109_16.htm = ~$10

Exterior - Paint Correction:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Clay_Bar_Luber_Kit_Heavy_Duty_p/cly_kit_1.htm = ~$16
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Clay_Bar_Blue_Light_100_g_p/cly_401.htm = ~$15
http://www.chemicalguys.com/OG_Clay_Bar_Yellow_Light_Medium_100_g_p/cly_400.htm = ~$15

Exterior - Paint Restoration/Care:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Black_Light_Hybrid_Radiant_Finish_16_oz_p/gap_619_16.htm = ~ $28
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Wet_Mirror_Finish_Gloss_Magnifier_16_oz_p/gap_104_16.htm = ~$18
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Deep_Reflections_Perfect_Finish_Formula_16_oz_p/gap_321_16.htm = ~ $12
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Hybrid_V7_Car_Wash_Soap_1_Gal_p/cws_808.htm = ~ $40


Along with other mitts for washing, a few types of waxes, and applicators (add another $30), then my total overhead cost comes out to roughly $200.

So my prices, let me know if this is reasonable!

Interior detail: $40 car, $60 SUV
Interior detail and wash: $50 car, $80 SUV (+10 for wax)
Exterior detail including clay baring, wash, wax and sealant: $85 car, $125 SUV
Full exterior and interior detail including clay barring, wash, wax, sealant, and photoshoot per request: $125-$150 Car, $200-$250 SUV

What do yall think? Is this reasonable?
 

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I took my car to be my quality proof. Do not mind the horrible marred paint. I am the second owner so I have been taking better care of it since i got it. Paint is shit, but now it is smooth as glass and deep black with great reflection now ;)


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IMO, chemical guys can be reasonable on certain things as far as pricing goes, have you checked with amazon? if you have prime you get a good discount plus free 2 day shipping. You should look into that. Chemical guys products are on amazon. Don't get me wrong, they're great products, 3D Detail products are another good one if you have a local shop like i do.

I personally use meguairs products and for exterior paint correcting after using iron-x on the body which is pricey, but i just dilute it a little bit and let the iron-x settle for longer periods. (that's for budgeting)

I am not too sure about your prices because i know prices can vary based on location. I know some places here in SoCal detailing is in your ballpark price range, versus other places in SoCal that are about 200% more in price. But for something simple like you're offering, i would say it's somewhat fair but like i said, idk if you live in a low or middle class city.

good luck!
 

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Down here anyway, you'd be looking at $400+ for the full exterior minus that photoshoot.

I wouldn't worry about photos as most people don't care & that's more time you could be spending on squeezing another car into your day = $

Keep doing your research on local competition as far as quality vs price.
 

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The point of the pricing being low is that I am just myself, not some big business empire. There is no one else working with me, and I want to be more than competitive for pricing. I am really looking to cover my overhead costs on each job, and then a little extra. I want people to come to me because I will have a good product for a good price. Being someone that doesn't make a crazy amount, but still wants work done on their car on a regular basis, and also another 9-5 (more like 7-7) from monday through friday, I just want to offer prices that can be affordable to a better range of people.

As far as prices for equipment, I will find my way to what I need. The first few jobs will produce income that will go right back into buying more products and finishing materials.

And the photo part is really for myself to build onto a portfolio of shots that I have already started on.
 
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