Steam continues to be an important tool for the professional detailer. A dry vapor steam generating machine has become one of the standard pieces of equipment in an established professional detailing operation, and a definite...
The SEMA Show was held again this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 1-4. According to the show’s website, this year’s attendance was in excess of 60,000 with 2,400 exhibitors filling over 2 million square feet of...
Something’s happening in the detailing industry. Something wonderful. It started in the late ‘90s with an influx of professional detailing schools. Detailers were finally receiving formal training in the craft.
In starting a detailing business, it is necessary to take several steps like obtaining formal training, buying supplies and equipment, and marketing.
The inside of a car or SUV is like a rolling living room, with all the comforts of home. It makes sense then that those who demand that their homes be comfortable and clean would want the same for their vehicle’s interior. Now,...
Most of us who are currently involved in the automotive reconditioning industry had to, at one point or another, make a decision as to whether or not we would have a mobile or fixed operation.
In the early part of 1994, I was two years into my marriage. Wife Donna was due with our first-born. This, along with being in the fifth year of gainful employment with the Federal Government in what was supposed to be a...
One of the major problems in the detailing industry is the lack of appropriate pricing. This is due to several factors. One reason is customer expectations of detailing pricing.
The car wash operator has the distinct marketing advantage of a captive audience of drive-up wash customers. Given that the operator has the space, the equipment, and the trained staff, it seems a “no-brainer” to offer auto...
Occasionally, the professional detailer will be asked to remove a nasty odor from a vehicle interior. And sometimes, upon completing a normal interior detail, there may still be a lingering odor in the car.
The 15th annual Mobile Tech Auto Recon Expo (MTE) took place January 28-30 in Orlando, FL. It was held again at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center.
Good customers are attracted to convenience. Each time that you find a way to increase the convenience that you provide to your customers, you will attract more.
You have probably noticed over the years the plethora of “business success books.”
Since I began contributing to the trade publications of the professional automotive detailing industry back in 1998, I have held as a personal and professional mission to help increase the professionalism of our industry. To that...
A professional detailing operation will have a few dozen different consumable chemicals as well as a handful of important pieces of equipment used in providing high-quality detailing.
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