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[Nintendo Switch] Car Detailing Simulator Review

[Nintendo Switch] Car Detailing Simulator Review
  • On August 2, 2023

Car Detailing Simulator from Ultimate Games will give you a chance to work at restoring cars to their former glory. Are you ready? Then check our Car Detailing Simulator review!


Car Detailing Simulator from Ultimate Games will give you a chance to work at restoring cars to their former glory. You’ll have a variety of tools at your disposal to take cars that have seen better days. You won’t be doing it just to be nice since you’re going to be running a business. That means you’ll have to spend the right amount of money to improve your shop while selling the cars you work on for a good price that can allow you to continue to grow. After tragedy strikes due to a flood, you’re forced to start working your way again from the bottom and up as you take on smaller jobs that will lead to more profitable projects.

The game is played from a first-person perspective, so you’ll walk around with the left analog stick as you use the right one to move the camera as needed. If you press in on the left analog stick, you can walk at a faster pace. You can crouch by pressing in on the right analog stick and can stand on your toes by pressing the ZL button. Press the – button to open up the log, where you can review jobs and the different steps to take for each action you’ll have to complete. Once you’ve collected your tools, you’ll press the L button to open up the wheel from which you can select between inventory, store, jobs, photo mode, map, and the option to move a car to another garage.

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Since you’ll have to clean a lot of cars, you’ll need to grab the foam sprayer from your inventory so that you can completely cover each vehicle with a layer of cleaning foam by pressing the ZR button. After doing this, you can then once again go into your inventory and get the pressure washer. Why? Because you need to wash all of the foam away to remove dirt and clean up the car!


And while water is great for removing dirt and cleaning foam, you can’t just leave a wet car for your client! You’ll also need to dry up the excess water by using a washcloth from your kit. Once that’s been taken care of, the next step will be to take the window cleaning kit to, you know, clean the windows. When working on the windows, you’ll have to spray them with the aptly named car glass cleaner liquid in the kit. After that, take the special washcloth from the kit to remove the dirt and excess liquid.

While you’re doing all of this, you can press the R button to have the game highlight the areas that could use some extra work. This will make them flash red so that you can then focus on them. This is very important for when you’re doing interior cleaning since you’ll have to clean the seats, wipers, and trunk mat while using a vacuum cleaner, upholstery spray, and even a trashcan for when the going gets tough.

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All of the stuff that you need to fix up a car will cost money, which is why you need to be careful about how you spend your budget at the store. You need to buy each of the cleaning kits for each job, and there are several of them! Along with the aforementioned window kit, car interior kit, and body wash kit, there’s also a wheels kit, stain removal kit, and headlights kit, along with pro versions of each of the kits.


Based on your performance – that is, how well you completed the job, making sure you don’t send back a car that is still wet or with some scratches or dirty interiors – you’ll be rewarded with some extra cash as well as up to a five-star rating. The better your rating, the more reputation stars you’ll get. These will allow you to level up, thus opening the way to new jobs and projects to take on. You will also improve your overall reputation, which will increase your overall standing in the industry. You start at the 50th spot and, as expected, will be aiming for the top.

Some sacrifices have been made to be able to bring Car Detailing Simulator to the Nintendo Switch. As expected, the graphics have been dialed back when compared to its Steam counterpart. While still providing us with some shiny cars to look at after you’re done cleaning them up, the graphics – and physics – for the cleaning foam, the spraying gun, the cleaning liquids, and pretty much everything else are completely different.

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Instead of water being clearly visible, we’re getting some textures that convey wetness to varying degrees. The foam is nothing more than a thin white layer on top of cars instead of the dynamic and rich foam on the Steam version. Even the fiery red glow that you can trigger with the R button to see what areas need to be cleaned, dried, polished, or fixed on Nintendo Switch, you only get a faint glow to point you in the right direction. There’s also considerable loading between jobs, as well as some framerate hiccups.


Car Detailing Simulator sets out to give us a chill, sim-like experience in which we fix cars and clean them up to make them look as good as possible. Unfortunately, in order to get the game up and running on Nintendo Switch, several corners have been cut. The look and physics for foam and water have been dialed back considerably, and there’s even some slowdown when playing. This is twice as true when playing the game in Portable or Tabletop Mode. Car Detailing Simulator is out on Nintendo Switch with a $15.99 asking price.

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This Car Detailing Simulator review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Ultimate Games.

Review Overview

Car detailing simulator that could use some extra polish