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Detail VS. The Tunnel Wash

Learn the differences

Maintaining the appearance and value of your vehicle requires more than just a simple wash. While regular washing is important to remove dirt and grime, detailing is the process of thoroughly cleaning and protecting every inch of your vehicle. Detailing includes cleaning and conditioning the interior, polishing and protecting the exterior, and even undercarriage cleaning.

Don't let confusion keep you from giving your vehicle the care it deserves. At our detailing service, we go above and beyond to ensure your vehicle is thoroughly cleaned and protected. Trust us to use the best products and techniques to keep your investment looking and feeling its best.

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The Differences

What is the difference

To begin, it's important to understand the difference between a car wash and a detailing service:

A car wash usually involves a tunnel setup where a machine washes the majority or all of the exterior, followed by a large blower or a quick towel dry. The interior may or may not be included, and the wash process is less thorough than detailing. Maui Mobile Detailing offers maintenance washes done by hand to better protect your vehicle and provide better results. A car wash should be done at least 1-2 times a month to protect and preserve your vehicle.

Detailing, on the other hand, is a more thorough process that's done by a qualified detailer who uses appropriate procedures and supplies to protect your vehicle. The exterior wash is completed by hand, and there is much more attention to detail both inside and out. A thorough detailing should be done 4-6 times a year to protect and preserve your vehicle.

Now, let's compare the advantages and disadvantages of a car wash versus a hand car wash:

An automatic car wash is faster and more convenient, and the end result may appear mostly clean at a relatively cheap price. However, there are disadvantages to consider. Automatic washes can leave scratches and swirls in your clear coat or paint, and the brushes used to scrub your vehicle are not always cleaned between vehicles. The workers at the end may use the same towels on your vehicle as the previous one, causing cross-contamination and potential damage to your vehicle. Automatic car washes focus on efficiency over quality, so attention to detail is not their top priority.

In contrast, a hand car wash is more time-consuming but offers superior results and products. Maui Mobile Detailing offers a thorough exterior hand car wash, tire/wheel cleaning, interior/exterior window cleaning, and a paint sealant that lasts longer than average wax. Though a hand car wash may be more expensive, it is much better for your paint and provides more attention to detail than an automatic wash. Overall, a hand car wash is a better investment in the long run. And with Maui Mobile Detailing, we come to you for even more convenience.


At our detailing service, our trained professionals use only the best procedures and products to provide top-quality treatment for your car, truck, van, or SUV. Our goal is to have your vehicle looking as great as the day you drove it off the lot. Our team meticulously cleans every area of your vehicle by hand to ensure superior results.

In addition to preserving your vehicle through hand washing, our auto detailing service can include various elements of cleaning and restoring both the interior and exterior of your vehicle, such as:


  • Washing

  • Protective Sealants (better protection and last longer than wax)

  • Bug and Tar Removal

  • Clay Bar Surface (to remove contaminants that give paint the rough feeling)

  • Using Degreasers (cleans difficult road grime, especially on tires/wheels)

  • Dressing outside Plastics and Rubber Trim (UV protection to prevent fading and oxidation)

  • Buffing & Polishing (restores gloss and clarity, removes swirls from machine washes* and minor scratches)

  • Cleaning and Dressing Tires

  • Detailing Engine Bay

  • Headlight Restoration



  • Thorough Vacuuming of Interior & Trunk

  • Cleaning Windows, Mirrors, Navigation Screens

  • Detailing Door Jambs

  • Clean Cup Holders, Cracks & Crevices, Vents, Dash, Console

  • Cleaning & Dressing Leather, Vinyl & Rubber

  • Spot Cleaning the Headliner

  • Shampooing the Seats, Mats, & Carpets

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