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We bought a used '07 EX-L and it only had the auction detail job done to it. Had some plastic on the mats, but mostly still dirty on the handles, etc. So, I sucked it up and took it into a local shop for an interior detail.

Those things are NOT cheap. They charged us $130!! What did we get for that money? I think what the guy said that did it is the most accurate: "Any dirt inside this van from now on is all from you".

He went on to say how it found a milk spill in the carpet in the back which was contributing to the funky odor and could have gotten worse on a warm day. There was a very dried, deep tough red stain right next to the drivers side seat like a drink spilled. It is gone. I mean..gone. Like you would never find it. Amazing...

The vents were even cleaned! He must have some tool to get inside there and suck out the dust and such.

The leather seats were immediately softer to the touch with the conditioner he put on there, and he said even though they didn't "look" dirty, he pulled quite a bit off of them. All the seats were taken out and gone over....

I guess I'm impressed with the interior detail, but holy cow did it ever seem expensive. But he's right. From now on, any dirt that makes it in the car is our dirt, not the previous owner.
 

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That's why they charge so much. These guys use q-tips and whatever they have at their disposal. Sounds like the shop who did yours is good. I've seen others do simple wipe-downs of the interior and they call it detailing so that they can charge you for that.
 

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There's nothing like a good detail job to make a van look fantastic!

Usually I have a local car wash do their $25 interior detail. Two or three people work for 20 minutes or so, and it always looks great. Sometimes I've taken it to the Honda dealer for their $99 detail, which includes waxing the paint.
 

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I really, really need to do this. Our local dealership has a guy that does it and from what I've heard, he's very good (think q-tips).

Thanks for reminding me~

Hey Steve P, we love caching!!
 

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There's nothing like a detail done right - but first you have to recognize clean to see the dirt and the difference. Most folks don't see dirt to begin with, so would not appreciate the distinction that you did.
 
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