Retail & Consumer Products

Motor Vehicle Detailer

Motor vehicle detailers clean most parts of a vehicle including cracks and crevices that are not cleaned by standard car washing.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Motor Vehicle Detailer do?

Motor vehicle detailers clean most parts of a vehicle including cracks and crevices that are not cleaned by standard car washing.

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Work activities

As a motor vehicle detailer, you would:

  • wash vehicle exteriors using cleaning solution, water, cloths, and brushes
  • clean all dirt, grease and tar from the exterior of the vehicle
  • vacuum and clean vehicle interiors, including dashboards, consoles, carpets and car seats
  • recondition vehicle interiors, applying appropriate chemical reconditioners
  • apply wax or polish to vehicle exteriors using cloths or buffing machines
  • clean engines, engine compartments and underbodies with steam cleaning equipment and cleaning agents to remove grease and grime
  • cleans and polish wheel rims and blacken tyres
  • apply touchup paint to chipped body surfaces of vehicles
  • repair minor surface rust stains and treat with rust-proofing chemicals
  • rejuvenate dull paintwork on older vehicles.
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Key skills and interests

To become a motor vehicle detailer, you would need:

  • to enjoy practical work
  • an eye for detail
  • to be able to work without supervision
  • to be able to work with strong detergents and chemicals
  • a good level of physical fitness.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a motor vehicle detailer you would usually work throughout the week and at weekends. Part-time work and overtime may be available.

Conditions

Motor vehicle detailers work for a car dealership, specialty detailing businesses, mechanic shops, car wash businesses or as self-employed contractors.

You would often be working outdoors at garages, workshops or on customers' premises. With a mobile detailing service, you would travel from job to job. You would need a current drivers' licence.

You may need to wear protective clothing and goggles if you are using strong cleaning chemicals.

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How to become an Motor Vehicle Detailer?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a motor vehicle detailer without formal qualifications. You would get some on-the-job training.

You would usually be required to have a drivers' licence to be a motor vehicle detailer.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment for motor vehicle detailers is expected to remain relatively steady over the next 5-10 years.

Little, if any growth in employment has occurred over the last 3-5 years. This is likely to continue with any growth being at a relatively slow rate. More advanced mechanical equipment technology is likely to continue to impact on the number of job openings.

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