Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If you are looking for a detailer you should always consider their qualifications. If a detailer has been in business for a long time they may have just been doing it wrong for a long time ask who trained them and ask for a certificate. Would you hire a doctor who didn't graduate medical school. Well detailing courses aren't as intrusive as medical school but when it comes to taking care of expensive cars their importance cannot be understated.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Sealant versus Wax. Some older car guys say that sealant is bad for paint, but things have changed drastically in the last 10 years with regards to detailing technology. Wax does protect your car, but some of the best car waxes in the world only last for a couple of weeks. On the other hand sealants can last for over six months and sometimes longer offering the same kind of protection and shine.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. This question in the detailing industry is three parts. Are you Professionally trained and certified? If so let me see the certificate.
Second, do you use acids for wheel cleaning and waterspot removal?
Acids are an outstanding shortcut for detailers saving time and money, but they can ruin your paint and the finish on your wheels. No matter how good they say they are at using these chemicals they still are slowly ruining your paint and wheels along with other things.
Thirdly, Ask for references and before and after photos. There are many people out there calling themselves detailers that have no business around your car, check them out first.