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Free Car Washes and Customer Service for Mobile Detailers

A free car wash is a great tool to win happy customers and influence new business. It is also a guarantee to customers that if they are not 100% satisfied they will get a free car wash. No questions asked. You should use this technique whenever possible. Every single customer should leave with not only a clean car, but the feeling of just having had a positive experience. This turns into more referrals and happy customers who want more services. Of the many reasons people do not go to car washes, most have to do with customer satisfaction.

A good customer relations technique is to give someone a free car wash. Sometimes a customer may not have been happy with the previous week’s job. This may not totally be your fault, but nevertheless it’s your opportunity to turn their negative experience into a positive one and build your business in the process. We recommend giving a free car wash to anyone unhappy with a previous week’s wash.

Maybe this was the first time they used your service, and their friends have bragged about you so much that no matter how good you are their expectations have become unrealistic and can’t be met. Sometimes they might have a legitimate gripe, like a streaked window, a mirror that wasn’t wiped down, whatever. These things can be worked out. Offer to do their wash free this week. It’s easy and most people will take you up on it. It lets them know you’re serious about customer service – particularly their service. Many times if you offer they won’t accept, but it’s a nice thing to do. The next time you wash their car they may tip you, simply because they feel bad for having complained!

Always ask what it is they didn’t like about your service. It could very well be that their complaint is something you usually don’t look for, like not having wiped down between the grooves on the dashboard or a sticky residue on the center console, but they had assumed you would’ve seen it. Simply meet their needs. We actually got a complaint once about our best crew in Huntington Beach because they didn’t Armor All the inside of the glove box. Oh, by the way, don’t Armor All inside glove boxes. People hate that because it gathers dust afterwards.

You may wash a person’s car only to have them later park it where sprinklers go off and water spots are created. New customers might think you are to blame. Water spots left by our high-pressure systems are usually easy to detect. They are tiny, whereas a large white water spot is created by the calcified water that comes from sprinklers. Rather than argue the point, simply explain the difference and give them a free wash anyway.

 

Sometimes, a bird may come along and ruin all your hard work soon after you finish. You know, birds do sit on telephone poles and watch us work just getting ready to dive bomb the car the second we’re done. The cleaner and more attractive the car, the more the birds seem to like it. If this happens and the customer seems displeased with their Car Wash experience, you obviously have no control over the birds but you do have the ability to wash their car again for free and keep their business.

Money Back

A money-back guarantee is also a good customer satisfaction tool. Many times an unhappy customer won’t accept their money back. They would rather give you a second chance to do a good job. At this point, you should do the same as with a free wash. Give them a little extra attention, find out what they didn’t like and fix it immediately.

Mobile car washes and mobile auto detailers need to be proactive with their customer service policies. If you run a small business remember a little bit of “free service” goes a long way in keeping good customers coming back and promoted longevity and loyalty. It has always worked for us, it can work for you too. What is your favorite price? Think about.

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What is a Car Restoration?

First of all let me tell you a little about what isn’t a car restoration, then we’ll move on to what is a car restoration. Let’s dive right in here, the top of the list of things that a car restoration isn’t starts with a collision repair, at least in the sense that we can break it down, and do a complete full estimate.

I say this because it’s the first thing that I always get asked to do, and it’s the last thing that is possible for us to do. The short sweet explanation is this; we have to tare the entire car apart to do an estimate, and by then the work has already begun.

We can’t just quickly through the car back together so you can take it to the next place. No shop will take a job that has been started by another shop, in most cases. There is a reason behind this, we don’t want to get left with fixing the things that they may, or may not have done.

Lastly on the subject of estimates, you really don’t want to come and take your car away in boxes. This is your other option; doesn’t sound very appealing huh? In the end it is all up to you, but this is one of the main reasons that most real restoration shops will not do an estimate on your car.

My shop most definitely will not do an estimate on your car, and the truth is that we are not a collision shop. We don’t have a book, or a program that gives us a list of hours that it takes to do things. Mostly because there is no way for anybody to know every variable that comes in to play.

 

All though some of the work that we do appears to be allot like collision repair, it is truly nothing like the same thing. We aren’t all about speed, we are about getting it done the right way every time. It can take some time, but it will be right if you have the time to spend.

The next thing that we are not, is a tuner shop. Our shop specializes in cars 1974 and older. We didn’t used to go newer then 1963, but that has changed along with the fact that these cars are getting hard to find these days.

People are restoring cars that used to be considered parts cars. Because they can’t find anything else, this obviously makes extra work for the restoration shop that is doing the work. An average car can cost $100,000 or more in just labor alone.

I tell people to be ready for anything that might happen, it’s always better to be sure that you have what you need before you begin the work. Make sure that you know what you want when the restoration is complete, discuss your vision with the shop that is doing the work.

Make sure that the shop knows what you want when your car is complete. Rather it’s a factory stock restoration, a resto-mod, or a hot rod. In the end for both you and the shop to feel like they had a good experience, discuss every detail of the job with the shop doing the work.

Now for what a restoration is; first of all the restoration shop should be a place that you enjoy visiting, and seeing the progress on your car. OK beyond this a restoration shop does body repair work, interior repair work, mechanical repair work, and the list goes on.

We dismantle the entire car piece by piece, determining what pieces are good, and what pieces need to be fixed, or replaced. This is not the same thing that any collision shop does, they do what it takes to get that car out, and move the next one in.

We look at every parts of the car, not just a damaged quarter panel, or peeling paint. Every job that rolls out of a real restoration shop has to be perfect, and nothing less will do. A restoration shop wears a lot of hats, we are a hot rod shop, a custom car builder, a custom auto paint shop, and more.

Essentially we do what ever the customer wants us to do, we never have use after market parts if the customer doesn’t want us to. If a parts isn’t available, we will fabricate it, yes we ware a lot of hats, and we love it.

We love the creative part of the process, we are in this for the art work sake of the job. Our passion is to see these cars on the road, not to get this one out, so the next one can come in. Our passion is creating show winning cars, and cars that people will love their entire lives.

What is a car restoration, it’s returning your car back to factory, or better specs. It’s being able to customize your car any way you like, you should enjoy the process of a restoration, you should always receive the highest quality work possible, if all of these things happen, you will love it.

In short a car restoration is exactly what you want it to be, nothing more, and nothing less. The whole idea is to have fun, that is what hot rodding, and restoration have been about from the beginning. It’s still the same thing that is has always been, a few guys having a good time with an old car.

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Buying a Used Car With Low Miles May Not Be a Good Idea

People and auto consumers purchasing used vehicles usually have a precept and adage that the lower the miles or kilometers on the odometer the better. They often shy away from what be well considered well driven and well cared for cars all because they had too many miles on them – even though these vehicles were freeway driven with little actual use on the engine and power train. The Holy Grail seems to find a pre owned automobile with virtually no miles – driven by the proverbial little old lady from Pasadena only to church on Sundays. Yet the undriven low mileage vehicle may well be your worse automobile purchase.

Vehicles with very low miles suffer from a wrath of problems from their little use or extended storage. The California car above might well be a wiser choice than one from the northern states of the US or the cold climate up there to the North in Canada during frigid cold winter temperatures.

Low miles are hard or a car and its engine. Usually low miles mean short trips only – that is to the supermarket or church. The engine never fully warms up. Hence water condenses in the crankcase from condensate from outside humidity touching the cold engine metal. Next because the trips in the car are so short the engine and its oil never fully warm and heat up to boil off or evaporate the resulting water and liquid that sits in the engine oil. Hence the engine is not properly lubricated. Each time the engine starts in this cold condition is like starting a warm engine many times. In the cold frigid winter of the northern states or the Canadian prairie provinces one cold start in the – minus 20 to – minus 40 range without the engine being warmed by a electric plug in block heater has the full effect on engine wear and tear to thousands of warm weather starts. Higher viscosity oil at lower temperatures thickens up, it’s not until the engine warms up does this thick oil flow, spread and lubricate the engine and its vital components.

On top of that since the car is used so little and so few miles on the road usually the owners figure that the car needs less maintenance and oil changes – since has been hardly used or driven. You can also bet also that as a result thicker summer oil is in the crankcase for the winter, or perhaps thinner winter oil is carried over to the summer engine crankcase oil.

However thinner oil in this type of vehicle with these driving conditions may not overall is a bad idea.

Lastly cars that sit without use may have components deteriorate due to lack of use. Rubber over time deteriorates – not only tires but seals along door frames and even in the engine. Hence that low mileage car may need replacement tires and door rubber seal and tubing replacements. Figure these in as part of your overall costs and charges for that premium low mileage car.

Lastly if the car is left out in the sun – as in the Californian little old lady example take time to examine the automobiles’ body finish for tarnish. The paint may seem fine that is until you conduct a thorough cleaning and polish. Happy driving.

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Car Buying Tips – Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Searching

Buying a new or used car is a very important event. It is normally a long term commitment, most likely expensive, and represents a place where you and your family spend a lot of your time.

Just as most people don’t get married or buy a house or go to a particular college based upon impulse, so too should car buying be treated with respect and given a proper amount of preparation.

There are things that people can do on the internet, through reading magazines, by asking friends, using a Used Car Search website, and other avenues to prepare for car shopping. Here, we will discuss the internal, primal, directionally focused process of digging deep and asking a few important questions before embarking on the automobile hunt.

1) How many people will be riding (NOT how many people are in the family)?

Consider your driving habits and future driving plans. You may have a family of 5, in which case a mid-sized sedan should work. But do grandma and grandpa like to ride to school events with you instead of driving themselves? Does little Timmy need to take four of his soccer teammates to practice sometimes? Are we going to fit all of the family and luggage when we head to the Grand Canyon this summer?

2) Will it fit in the garage?

A Ford Excursion will not fit in 13% of the garages in the US. How big is yours?

3) How much can I really afford?

Do a true, honest, forward thinking budget. Can you really afford $300, plus the extra gas you’ll pay for in the new SUV, plus the full coverage insurance instead of your liability?

If a car stands out, could you stretch to $450 a month, even though you only want to spend $375?

People get credit problems through their car loans because of various reasons – divorce, loss of job, unexpected medical expenses, etc. Then there are others who simply bite off more than they can chew.

4) Who should I consult before shopping?

Just about everyone knows someone who knows something about cars. Whether they are or have been in the car business or if they have a lot of experience buying, they are assets. If you are not one of those people, there is no shame in asking advice or looking for recommendations on dealers, makes, models, or any other aspect.

There is also no shame in taking a “third base coach” with you. If Uncle Rick used to sell cars, he has an insight into the business and can help you sniff out tricks or scams at the dealership. Ask him to come along.

5) What options are “must-have” and what options are just nice?

This is something that seems pretty simple, but often people will fall in love with a car, then discover later that it didn’t have the side-curtain airbags that you swore 3 months ago you wanted to get. Make a list of what you need and what you want and bring it with you.

6) How long will I keep this vehicle?

If you are one of the millions who trades cars out every 2-3 years, you will need to do some research regarding depreciation. You will want to seriously consider whether it is better to get a new one or a low mile used one.

Those who keep their cars for 5 or more years need to worry less about depreciation and more about longevity and maintenance costs, thus their research will be completely different.

Also, length of ownership will help you decide whether to take the low interest rate or the cash back incentive when considering new cars. That zero percent financing is very tempting, but if you’ll be trading in 2 years, you probably won’t save as much money as you would if you take the cash rebate instead.

Most dealers will have you go with whatever works best for them. Honest dealers, such as Oklahoma Truck Dealers, are willing to work with their customers to find what is best for them. Find a dealer like them, and you will do very well for yourself.

7) Will children be coming of age soon?

It isn’t a common consideration, but for those with 13-15 year-olds, it should be asked. Do you really want your child practicing with their learner’s permit on your Mustang GT?

Also, will you need to add a vehicle for that very reason? It is something to consider in budgeting – are you going to be buying your kid a car in the near future?

8) Will it fit every driver?

“That Mini Cooper sure would be nice, but will my 6’4″ husband enjoy it as much as me if he has to drive it?”

Again, not a common consideration, but it has to be taken into account if it applies.

9) What are my motivations?

Actors need to know their motivations before taking on a role. Car buyers need to know their motivations before buying.

If you get “the urge” to get a new sports car because your neighbor just parked her new Dodge Charger in the driveway, you should tread very carefully. Car buying can be an impulse decision. In many cases, these impulses lead us down the wrong path and create bad situations down the road (literally).

If your motivation is that your current vehicle has problems or is old enough to start having problems soon, that is a good motivation. If you are expecting a child and need something bigger, that is a good motivation. If you changed jobs and need better gas mileage to commute, that is a good motivation. If you have lots of money and darn it, you want a new car, that is a good motivation.

If your nemesis at work just bought a full ton diesel and you can’t let him have the biggest, baddest truck in the parking lot, you should probably wait a few days and see if the feeling wears off before heading to the Dodge dealership.

10) How soon do I want and/or need a new car?

From a money saving point of view, this is the most important question to ask yourself. Fight the society’s trend towards “we want what we want and we want it now”. If you want a new car, but you can wait a few months, order it. Most dealers and manufacturers will custom order one for you cheaper than if you buy it from the lot or have it located.

For used car buyers, if you have time, hold out for the best deal. Search the internet diligently through the various classified sites and dealer websites and wait for that great deal to come along. Be ready to hop on it, though, because great deals are there, and then they are gone.

Happy car buying!

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Promotional Ideas For Your Small Auto Detailing Business

There are various marketing tactics that a business can utilize in order to achieve success. For your auto detailing business, you have to take advantage of these strategies. You need to maximize on each, especially those that will not need you to lay all your marketing budget on the table. Proper understanding of each marketing strategy available is important so you can develop your plans around them. Print advertisements, business collaboration, cross-promotion and online promotion are just few of the methods that you can use for your auto detailing business. These are discussed below:

Ideas on How to Promote an Auto Detailing Business

o Distribute print advertisements. Print materials are among the most effective means of conveying advertising message across to customers. But you can deviate from the norms of distributing prints like flyers, brochures and business cards. For your flyers, for example, you can skip the old technique of putting copies on windshields. Instead, create a list of people who own vehicles and might need detailing soon. Send out your prints to these people through mail or by hand carrying them to their mailboxes. Just be sure to design your copies in a way that people will be compelled to read and keep them.

o Take advantage of holidays. Delight your customers by letting them know that your business is a friend to them. Surprise them with auto detailing postcards during holidays. Hand-written the message, if possible, to make your prints more personal. Also, you can remind them when it’s time for them to have their cars checked.

o Collaborate with other businesses. Car dealerships and auto repair shops are businesses which are related but not in direct competition to your business. These businesses can help you get new clients through referrals. Some car dealerships might even hire you to detail their vehicles. This is common with used car dealerships.

 

o Look for cross-promotion opportunities. Aside from referrals, business related to you can give you cross-promotion opportunities. For example, you can ask a mechanic to hand out your print advertisements to their customers, especially those who need detailing. In exchange for this, you can also promote their business to your clients. You can also ask the store where you get your supplies for cross-promotion. You can ask to leave stacks of your flyers or brochures on their counters in exchange for displaying theirs in your shop.

o Join car shows and exhibits. Events like these are good place to promote your auto detailing business. You can set up a booth and perform auto detailing demos. You can also hung copies of posters and banners showing before and after photos of your past detailing projects. There are also plenty of opportunity for you to distribute brochures, business cards and flyers during these events.

o Sponsor contests. You can also sponsor local and simple car wash or car detailing contests. This is a good way to warm your business to clients because you are doing something good for the community.

o Have a web presence. Don’t be left out and do some online promotion. You can set up a blog or website or join social networking sites. Joining forums and online community for auto enthusiasts is also good.

These are some ideas you can use to promote your auto detailing business. You can start executing these within your locality and expand your reach once you are ready. Just do not forget to do follow up and assessments on each strategy you execute.

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Japan Finally Got Hydrogen Station

For the first time, Japan finally has a hydrogen filling station. Only 3 minutes the time required for charging hydrogen into the car.

Establishment of this station makes hydrogen cars became apparent.

Because the test is, Japanese people will get in hydrogen fuel free. But unfortunately the selling price of hydrogen fuel in Japan does not yet have a definite selling price.

“The first thing I emphasize is, all the confusion regarding the price and the cost. If we talk about the cost of production, then we talk about how much it costs to produce hydrogen, send it and set up facilities.
Hirose added if a station is established, all is usually accumulated, could have to fill in the hydrogen car takes tens of thousands of yen. “For the first time it will cost up to tens of thousands of yen,” said Hirose.

With the birth of hydrogen filling stations in Japan, Hirose hoping to give BB choice <not only environmentally friendly hybrid technology.

“At what price people would be willing to pay? Most people might think ‘It’s okay for me, as long as the fuel consumption with hybrid cars’,

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Secure Your Custom Car Investment With a Car Cover

Your car is a major investment and you will want to keep it looking sharp and running smoothly. If you have a classic or custom car that you store away for the winter, you have to make sure you prepare it for storage so it will be in pristine condition when you take it out. To keep your custom car looking its best you have to keep it in the best shape possible, inside and out.

You need to take extra care and greater precautions when you are driving a custom car regularly and it is being parked outside. Make sure you have it covered with a properly fitted car cover which can protect the vehicle from the elements which predominate in your area. You ought to have it covered whenever it is not in use and if you are going to put it in storage, there are a few preventive maintenance measures you can take to make sure it stays in good condition.

Before you store it away you should give it a good detailing and it should be squeaky clean. You will want to wash all the road grime off of the car including all body parts and undercarriage. Another, very important thing is to make sure the car is completely dry before you cover it up with a car cover as this will ensure moisture is not being trapped which may cause musty smells and promote mold growth.

You will want to make sure the car cover you choose has a high quality soft interior that will not scratch you car and will protect it from dust. If you plan on storing the car for a short time, you can drain the cooling fluid and refill it with antifreeze. On the other hand, if you plan on storing the vehicle for an extended period of time, you can drain the entire system and take the radiator cap off so air can circulate through it.

It is recommended you put the car on car stands or jacks to lift the tires off the ground. This will help keep your tires from deflating or being ruined and more than this, remove the battery and clean the battery cables.

 

When you get your car out of storage, clean it up with a soft cotton cloth that is designed for specifically cleaning cars. It is also important to use the correct car wash and not abrasive detergent. To help prevent rust and metal corrosion you should have any dents, cracks or chips repaired as soon as you notice them.

Wash and dry your car properly after a road trip and make sure you blot dry any water to avoid rusting of the metal surfaces. You should also make sure you remove any gas spills, bird dropping, dead bugs and tree sap as soon as possible. All of these things can do serious damage to your vehicles paint finish. There are quality removal products, which don’t have high acidic content, available for removing these types of things.

When you are not using your vehicle you should cover it up to protect it from the elements. You want to make sure the cover has a soft lining that will not harm your paint job. If you follow the tips above you will keep your custom or classic car in mint condition for years to come.

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Let Tricks Sustainable Car Transmission

Transmission car is one of the important points in the vehicle. However, owners often underestimate this one. Come let us take care of the transmission. How do?

Transmission oil change should be done routinely appropriate service books.

If it is not done routinely, pull the engine will feel heavy and can damage the transmission components. Furthermore, transmission oil changes using standard oil into separate components.

Oil changes should use genuine quality oil to ensure the durability of the transmission.

Some other things that need to be associated with the transmission shown level include periodic inspection, leak check, replacement of oil filter (on automatic transmission).

Examination of the oil level will be used periodically when the activity is useful for checking the oil level standards.

Lack of oil can cause damage to transmission components. In the manual and automatic transmissions, oil leak checking is useful to know the condition of the vehicle.

Oil leaks can cause a reduction or exhaustion that makes transmission oil level is broken.

In an automatic transmission, oil filter changes should also be taken to avoid any damage to transmission components.

The course car users are already familiar with the use of a manual transmission. However, there are some things that need to be considered to maintain the quality of the components.

One is not to get used to the gears when parking. This is a safety measure and can not damage the transmission components.

In addition, the manual transmission cars do not get pushed at Soak battery, but use jumper cables to power it. The reason is, the habit of starting the engine to the driven manual transmission can damage components.

As for the automatic transmission, here are some tips on their use:

In an automatic transmission, position 1 or L to rise and fall steeply.
In an automatic transmission, position 2 for the rise and fall is not so steep.
In an automatic transmission, position 3 and D together, but the Over Drive function on D.
Over Drive O / D, is used in high speed for a long time, serves to lower the engine so it can reduce fuel consumption.
Position P (Parking), is used when the vehicle is parked, serves to safety.
At the red light, the position of D is shifted to N for the safety and care for the automatic transmission.
For an automatic transmission vehicle broke down on the road, it is recommended to use a car carrier (sling), to prevent damage to the automatic transmission.

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DIY Auto Detailing

There’s no other feeling like driving a clean car. Anyone can clean a car, but it takes a lot of effort to make it look like it just came off the showroom floor.

Professional Auto Detailers utilize great time and effort to ensure that your car’s appearance looks it’s finest.

No one knows for certain where the art of auto detailing began, but it is believed to have started in Southern California, and this art has become more than just a fad, as there are currently more that 50,000 detailers in the U. S., and these professionals rake in about $100,000 a year in detailing sales.

Many people have their car detailed just because they want a clean car. Sometimes detailing becomes serious business, especially when the person having their car detailed intends to enter it into a car show. In car shows, the vehicle is often judged on how well-kept and clean the vehicle appears. One such car show that is devoted mainly to the appearance of car is the Concours d’Elegance, sometimes referred to as the Concours.

There are 3 different methods of auto detailing.

  • Exterior Detailing
  • Interior Detailing
  • Engine Degreasing

Exterior detailing includes: waxing, claying, correcting paint defects and polishing the exterior of the vehicle.

Interior detailing includes: Interior detailing typically involves liquid cleaners and brushes. Every surface within the interior of the car must be cleaned, from the dashboard, console and visors to the instrument panel. Vacuuming is included as well.

The third type of detailing is degreasing the engine: This process involves removing grease and dirt from the engine bay with all-purpose cleaners and de-greasers.

The purpose of detailing is to bring out the vehicle’s appearance potential by the polishing and waxing of the exterior paint, wheels and chrome, and by giving the upholstery and seats a thorough cleaning.

Depending on the detailer, a customer may also be able to purchase undercoating services (including rust-proofing) and interior sealant, a fabric protectant also known as Scotch-Guarding.

Though detailing covers every aspect of cleaning a vehicle, it does not include upholstery work, painting, body work, or mechanical repair.

Mobile Auto Detailing has become increasingly popular, as it allows the owner to have his/her professionally detailed without ever having to leave their home or office.

A full detail will increase the value on a used car. When the vehicle is presented to the potential buyer, they will see the car in the best possible condition. Of course when selling a vehicle, there are other factors to consider, such as mileage and poor mechanical condition. The mileage is of course a factor you do not want to touch, unless your willing to face criminal charges.

Besides keeping your car clean, another benefit is the trade-in value. If you want the asking price, and the car is in good running order, get a professional detail, or, if you can do the job yourself, there are various top quality products for you to use.

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How to Start an Auto Detailing Business 1-2-3

An auto detailing service professionally cleans, washes and waxes the interior and exterior of cars, trucks, RVs and even boats. There is no shortage of vehicles to detail, but detailing can be labor-intensive, so make sure you enjoy cars before you start this type of automotive business.

It can be very inexpensive to start an auto detail service, since you don’t necessarily need a store front or shop. You can offer a mobile service and travel to your customers’ locations, or you can rent space at a local car wash or automotive shop. The equipment you’ll need is minimal as well; quality car wash, wax and interior cleaning supplies. Once you have established a larger client base, you can purchase your supplies in bulk at lower wholesale prices, thus increasing your profit per job.

With so many vehicles, you have your choice of customers with whom to work. You may want to focus on a particular niche market to specialize in a certain type of service or particular type of customer. For example, there are new car owners, car dealerships, RV owners or rental companies, classic car owners, even your average joe car driver who wants his car looking good.

So how do you find your customers? If you are on a budget, network with people you know or print business cards and drop them off at local car dealerships or automotive businesses. You could discuss forming a partnership where they get a cut of your profits by advertising your service at their place of business. You could also place an ad in the yellow pages, newspaper or local magazines offering a first-time buyer discount to attract new customers. If you can, use humor in your ads, it’s a great way to attract attention.

Volunteering in your community is another inexpensive way to get your business name out there. Participate in local events and give away coupons for your auto detailing service. Hold a drawing to collect names of potential customers, the winner receiving a free detail service. You can also advertise on TV, radio and the internet for less money than you may think. Submitting a press release is a great example – the media will promote you for free if you send them a great news story about your business.

 

If you treat your customers well, you will end up not having to spend much of your time marketing because you’ll benefit from repeat customers. Speaking of which, you may want to ask those customers for referrals.

So how do you actually start an auto detailing business?

1. Learn your trade. If you don’t already have detailing skills and knowledge, work a side job. Ask automotive specialists about recommended products. Pick up an inexpensive start-up guide on how to start an auto detailing business or interview an already-successful auto detailing entrepreneur who can give you advice.

2. Find out who your customers are. What are people in your area looking for in a detailing service? What value will you offer them and how much are they willing to pay you for it? Check out competitor’s prices. You don’t necessarily need to be the cheapest – as long as you offer more value (i.e. additional service options, faster service, more convenient location, weekend or evening hours, on-site service, etc).

3. Find out which licenses or permits you need from your local government office. Talk with an accountant, insurance agent and banker (you can get referrals from other local business owners or friends) to get helpful tips on financing, tax issues, insurance and business management that will save you time, money and hassles in the long run.