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  • Fiona Li

9 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Car Detailer in Vancouver

With so many auto detailing shops on the market, it can be difficult to find the perfect fit. Many default to choosing the closest shop, without doing the proper research or learning more about their track record beforehand.

Choosing the wrong detailing company can end up costing you more in the long run. Inexperienced auto detailers may leave lasting damage on the interior and exterior of your car, depending on the type of services involved.

Avoid the extra damage and costly mistakes by researching professional car detailers; the time spent on finding the right auto detailer for you will be worth it in the long run!

Finding the right mobile detailing company is much like finding the perfect barber. Once you get an amazing haircut, you realize what you’ve been missing out on for years. Once you pick up your professionally detailed car, you’ll understand what’s been lacking in your car care routine.

Choosing the Perfect Automotive Detailer

To choose a professional detailer is no easy task. You’ve invested so much in your car and want to make sure it’s in the best hands. The ideal car detailer must have a mix of the right skills, experience, accessibility, and personality.

Whether you’re looking for a simple interior detailing, or looking to get other car detailing services done for your vehicle, here are 9 tips to help you choose the right auto detailer.

Tip #1: Check Their Certifications & Experience

A quick google search will show you just how many Vancouver auto spas and car detailers there are out there. With so many options available, it can be difficult to differentiate the professionals from the amateurs.

A professional auto detailing shop will not only have the certifications, but the attention to detail and experience to back it up. They should be able to provide you with that information upon request, as well as references from their previous work.

If a detailer is unable to provide you with proof of their previous certifications, or a business license, it could put your vehicle at risk for irreversible damage.

Bonus Tip: Search for an auto detailer that is truly passionate about cars. A professional that truly loves cars is more likely to provide a higher level of work than someone who’s indifferent about automobiles - this goes for a simple car wash, too!

Tip # 2: Research The Products They Use

Just like how not all detailers are professionals, not all products and tools used in automotive detailing are high quality. Vinyl wraps, ceramic coatings, paint protection film, car shampoo, and even tire dressings are not created equally.

Be wary of retailers who use cheap products in an effort to save money, as these products may do more harm than good for your car. Look for retailers that use quality, trusted products, from industry-leading manufacturers like ceramic coating specialists, System X, and paint protection film heavy-hitter, Xpel.

Tip # 3: Look for Detailers That Use Professional Tools

If a detailer is working from their personal garage, chances are they won’t have the right tools, equipment, or skills to complete a professional job.

Some unprofessional and DIY detailers may purchase equipment that was never intended for car detailing. Using the wrong equipment can leave lasting damage on your car.

Professional detailers invest in premium tools and modern equipment, specially designed for automotive detailing. This ensures that the detailing is done properly and safely, and yields the best results.

Tip #4: Honesty is the Best Policy

A professional detailer should provide you with a free quote, and be upfront about the pricing. There is nothing worse than being slapped with a surprise hefty bill, 5 times the amount they were originally advertising. You should be made aware of any additional charges.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Detailers that claim to work at lightning speeds, and advertise fast turnaround times are not doing a detailed or proper job. Research the average amount of time it takes for a specific service.

It is physically impossible to vinyl wrap an entire car in 15 minutes, regardless of how skilled or experienced the detailer is - that is a vinyl wrapping myth!

Lastly, look for detailers that are honest about their results. Cross-check for social proof and online reviews from other car owners looking for amazing results, just like you. There are some things they may not be able to fix.

Auto detail on grey porsche gt3rs
Check out the detail on this Porsche!

Tip #5: Seek out Specialists

If they claim to be a jack of all trades, chances are they’re the master of none. Professional auto spas focus on detailing services.

Professional auto detailers have spent years training to perfect the craft. Always seek out a shop that specializes in automotive detailing.

While all-in-one shops may seem to be more time-efficient, if the services are done incorrectly it will cost you more time and money in the long run.

Tip #6: Read the Reviews

Get online and read customer reviews. The internet has made it easy to look up reviews from previous clients. Check to see what their former clients have to say about their services, products used, craftsmanship, and overall level of satisfaction.

Not only will this help you give a better understanding of their work and how the shop runs, but it will also prevent you from falling victim to possible detailing scams.

Be sure to do your research on the detailing shop, and always go to a detailer with a verified 5-star rating average.

Tip #7: Check Out Their Previous Work

Whether in person or online through their socials and website, look for images of their work. Before and after shots are a great way for you to see their work in action. Look for testimonials with images, as that will paint you a clear picture of the kind of results the auto detailers are capable of achieving for your car!

Avoid detailers with blurry, unfocused photos, as you won’t be able to properly gauge the quality of their services. Look for detailers with clear watermarked photos, where you can actually see a job well done.

(For case study write-ups and images of Wetwerks’ Auto Spa’s detailing projects, including before and after photos, visit our Instagram page to learn more!)

Tip #8: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Never hesitate to ask your detailer questions. A professional auto detailer will a