Car Detailing FAQs

Your vehicle is surely one of the most expensive items you will be purchasing all throughout your life, so it is best to take good care of it well. One way is through habitually bringing it to a car detailer for efficient maintenance procedures.

M&M Mobile, your trusted mobile car detailing business in Greater Bay area, has consolidated and answered all the Frequently Asked Questions by potential and existing clients so as to deliver ample information about what our experts do.

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Also known as Car Valeting in British English, car detailing is a group of services meticulously and systematically performed in a step-by-step manner to improve the interior and exterior look of a vehicle, coming up with a show-quality level of detail. It is the best preventive maintenance measure that you can do for your vehicle to keep it free from scratches, grimes, tars and dusts.

Car detailing is different from car washing in many different ways. Car washing is just among the methods that must be executed during car detailing to improve the exterior and interior attributes of an automotive. It only gets rid of loose contaminants such as dirt and grime. On the other hand, car detailing involves thorough cleaning and reconditioning procedures by using products and methods that are proven efficient in delivering the best possible results. It gets rid of oxidation, blemishes and etching marks.

The methods that will be executed will depend on your vehicle’s condition. Some of the things we do are:

  • Handwashing
  • Waterspot, Swirl and Oxidation Removal
  • Waxing
  • Sealing
  • Window Polishing and Coating
  • Headlight Restoration

…and many more! For detailed services, you can visit our What We Do page

Car detailing provides numerous benefits such as:

  • Increased resale value because of its better aesthetic appearance
  • Elimination of grimes, dust and other forms of dirt that are found on the interior and exterior of your vehicle which can provide harm to you and your family’s wellness
  • Protection against elements that can hinder a driver’s capability to clearly see the road
  • Providing long-term protection for your vehicle parts

Our services are available to vehicle, RV/boat and fleet owners, as well as government agencies, non-profit organizations, ambulance and funeral vehicle providers, and many more

M&M Mobile provides premier detailing services in Greater Bay Area. Please contact us to confirm if we provide car detailing services on your area.

Contact Numbers:

Main – (510) 705-2911
Scheduling – (510) 344-2549
Sales – (510) 255-4634
FAX – (510) 246-3187
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M&M is a mobile company, therefore, car detailing services are done in our clients’ home, office or wherever is more convenient. We will bring the necessary products and equipment to deliver you the best probable car detailing services.

Each car has its diverse detailing schedule. If you are planning to sell or trade your vehicle, it is best to have it detailed a week prior the transaction.

But please take note that car detailing should be part of your maintenance program to ensure its best aesthetic appearance, also to not aggravate existing damages on your exterior and interior. It is always advisable to ensure that your vehicle is at its finest condition so car detailing must be done twice to five times a year. Repair and detailing services are much more expensive when the damages are already conspicuously etched.

Keep in mind that your car’s exterior is like your face – it should go through firm cleaning methods at all times.

The timeframe needed for car detailing depends on your type of vehicle and the chosen package. Size and damages incurred in the vehicle also dictate the necessary methods that must be executed. Roughly, to give you estimation, we work on a vehicle for 1 to 6 hours.

M&M Mobile is self-contained – exceedingly prepared to deliver satisfying results to our clients. We bring our own water for vehicle and RV/boat owners, but not for fleets. In case we run out of water, we will leave for a while to refill our tank and go back to the location once again. With regards to the electricity that is being used for our equipment, we will appreciate our clients’ directness if they will allow us to plug our devices, but if not, we always bring our generator with us!

We carefully choose brands that are guaranteed efficient in doing the entire car detailing work, and are trustworthy and respected in the industry.   Among the brands we use are GTechniq, Menzerna, Raggtop, Sonax, Meguiars, Leatherique and P&S.

Biodegradable, non-toxic and eco-friendly products are available upon request.

We will carefully inspect your vehicle through a pre-cleaning procedure to see whether there is any pre-existing damage, such as tears, wear offs, dents, stains, and more. We will show any of them to you so you can review them before we begin our step-by-step car detailing services. This is to ensure you that we will not impose harm to your possessions and so that we are not liable for any pre-existing damage.

Winter time is the most crucial moment for your vehicle because of the rapid temperature vicissitudes, road construction and salt residues that are being used on snow. These factors affect the exterior of your vehicle, creating probable damages and fading on the vehicle’s paint.

Plan members receive additional perks such as upgrades and services that help them save some cash. They are also prioritized during long queues as we contact them once a scheduled client cancels his car detailing schedule.

As an example, in case you have chosen and purchased our Silver Plan, M&M Mobile’s skilled car detailer will visit you for an Amber package where you get monthly inspection and services such as vacuuming, window cleaning and interior surface cleaning. Every 6 months, you get a Ruby package where you get light clay bar service, wax coating or sealing – and all these services are discounted as you will have to pay for $59.95 monthly payment. These services are guaranteed best options to keep your vehicle at its best aesthetic condition.

You can fill up our online form or you can email or call us. We ensure you that one of our team members will speak with you within 24 hours.

With regards to booking for car detailing services, we prefer to receive your message at least 48 hours prior your preferred schedule. But of course, the earlier time possible is recommended because of the probable long queue. Early booking is also advantageous so that we can have ample time to prepare all the things that we need.

M&M Mobile has wide varieties of payment methods such as check, debit and credit cards, Square Cash and ACH payment, and recurrent payments.

A clay bar is used to eliminate airborne contaminants that are stuck on your vehicle’s clear coating. It is similar to the one you play with when you were younger; however, a clay bar is made more elastic so as to make it more durable to withstand continuous or repetitive flattening, smashing, rolling and stretching.

Using a clay bar on a vehicle depends on several factors. To go on the detail, let’s say your vehicle just sits on your garage 6 times a week, wherein you only use it whenever you are off for a coffee break for 3 hours in a nearby establishment, your vehicle must go through clay bar treatment at least every 6 months. On the other side, if you use your vehicle every day, let it sit under the sun for hours, drive it for over 2 hours a day, your vehicle will have to go through clay bar treatment as often as possible, preferably every 3 months.

The best way to know if your vehicle is contaminated with airborne dirt is through inspection. First, wash your vehicle thoroughly using water and soap. Rinse it well so that you can really take off the contaminants. Dry it up and slowly run your finger around the exterior of your vehicle. It should feel like a glass if it’s clean enough and free from any contaminants on the clear coating. If you cannot figure out, get a sandwich plastic and place your hand inside. It will make your hand more responsive to any unusual roughness. If you feel somewhat like tiny pebbles stuck to the paint surface, then it is time to use clay bar.

In the car detailing industry, these three terms are mistakenly used, as some people think that these are all the same. To clear things up, M&M Mobile will cite all its differences and benefits.

  • Car Wax

A car wax is in liquid or paste form that is usually made of the natural ingredient carnauba from the Brazilian Tree of Life – palm tree. It is highly preferred by car detailing companies because of its rich and warm output that makes car paint shimmering under different forms and conditions of light. Unfortunately, waxes do not stay long as it only lasts for 1 to 3 months. Once the shine deteriorates, it will be best to contact a trusted car detailing company in Bay Area for another car waxing.

Car Wax may also be made of other ingredients such as animal wax (bees wax), petroleum wax (paraffin and microcrystalline), mineral fossil wax (montan) and synthetic wax (ethylene polymers).

In choosing the right wax, M&M Mobile considers several factors such as ease of application and removal, emulsification properties, protection and gloss.

  • Paint Sealant

On the other hand, paint sealant is another option in keeping your vehicle safe from any contaminants and in ensuring its prolonged aesthetic appearance after car detailing.

Sealants usually have wax, too, on their ingredients, but these are improved versions with added ones that make it beneficial and sturdier compared to car waxes.  It also has solvent, water and amino functional fluids that are held in suspension by emulsifier. Paint sealants are usually in creams or liquids.

Paint sealants are more durable as compared to car waxes because of its molecular compositions. It is said to be polymer, “poly” means many and “mer” means unit. So the composition of paint sealant is packed with several molecules that are intended to elongate its effect on a vehicle’s exterior. Examples of polymer on it are polyethylene, polyurethane and polytetrafluoroethylene.

That depends on what result you are looking forward to. If you want something that is more durable, choose paint sealant as it can last for 6 months under the best condition while car wax lasts no more than 60 days. However, if you want a livelier and deeper color, use car wax.

That depends on what result you are looking forward to. If you want something that is more durable, choose paint sealant as it can last for 6 months under the best condition while car wax lasts no more than 60 days. However, if you want a livelier and deeper color, use car wax.

Most of the stains and foul odor may be eliminated. Unfortunately, there are stains that penetrate fibers and these may no longer be taken out. If in case something stained your interior, it is best to contact M&M Mobile right away so that it can immediately be taken off. We will exert out utmost effort in taking off unwanted stains that decrease the appearance of your vehicle’s interior and exterior.