How to choose an auto detail shop!

With so many people seemingly offering “auto detailing” it can be confusing and difficult to know who to trust when choosing your car care guardian. When contracting the services of a professional detailer approach it no differently than if you were hiring a contractor for your house. A vehicle is the second largest investment for most people therefore you don’t want amateurs performing work on it. You want a true professional. Your car care guardian should be committed to customer satisfaction, education and be a superior craftsman. Many call themselves professionals but do not adhere to industry standards and lack customer commitment.

Here are some tips to getting a superior detail:

  • Educate yourself – Gain as much information and knowledge as you can about car care prior to consulting any auto detailing services.
  • Ask around town – Inquire with friends, family & co-workers to find out who is the best automotive detailer in or close to town.
  • Ask questions – Once you have expanded your knowledge you will be able to ask questions. Find out what options are available to you, ask what the differences are between their service and the competitors, ask about their customer satisfaction policy, prices, the benefits and how they define themselves as a professional. Some important questions to ask:
    • Can you provide proof of insurance?” If they are unwilling to provide proof – stay clear!
    • How many years have you been in operation? How many at the current location?
    • What kind of professional training have you received? Can you provide proof?
  • Research online – check for consumer feedback on review sites like Facebook, Google business listings, Yelp, Better Business Bureau etc.. If a business has lot’s of negative feedback there is usually a reason for it.
  • View a car before and after – Ask the detailer if you may see a car prior to being detailed and again after the work has been completed. Do not go by photos. Ask to see the real deal. It may be a little time consuming because you will have to go to the shop twice but it is well worth it.
  • Ask for references – Don’t be afraid to ask a detailer prior to contracting them for several references. If they are unwilling to provide any – stay clear. A true professional has excellent references and is more than willing to provide them upon request.
  • Follow through – Before committing to any services follow through on the references. Ask the reference if they were satisfied with the work performed, what type of service they purchased, if they have had any problems – if so, was it rectified in a timely and favorable way. Ask when the work was performed – if it was just performed ask if you can see it.
  • Make a decision! – It’s now time to make an intelligent decision based on your knowledge. Remember, basing your decision on pricing alone is not enough. Auto detailing is protection for your asset. In general, prices reflect the quality of work.

Here is a vehicle we recently detailed that came to us after supposedly receiving a full interior detail at a shop claiming to have “experienced technicians” and charged $300 for this job:

This headliner was never even touched. Check out the difference between the side we cleaned on the right and how it arrived on the left. Fun fact: the mirror is caked with dirt on the left side and cleaned on the right.

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This carpet was absolutely caked with mud and filth AFTER it was supposedly detailed at the other facility.

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This is the carpet AFTER we removed the mud and shampooed the fabric properly.

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Glassparency Windshield Protection Is Here!

Scotty’s Shine Shop is pleased to now be an authorized installer for Glassparency glass coatings. GlassParency is the professional installer’s choice of glass coatings on todays market. Unlike many wax-based or topical coatings, GlassParency is chemically engineered to react to silica within the glass, creating a bond unmatched by the competition. It’s product attributes go beyond just a water repellency, making it ideal for any silica-based surface, in any climate or environment. GlassParency is a two-part chemical application that is engineered only to react to glass (silica). Unlike many other products on the market, GlassParency is not a wax or topical treatment. It is a long term solution for perfecting your glass.

Prior to the application, your vehicles glass will under go a cleaning process. The releasing agents in the cleaning chemical will ensure that the pores of the glass are containment free to improve the bonding process. First, Chemical A is applied to the glass. Chemical A reacts to silica, growing a substrate within the pores of the glass. Next is Chemical B. Chemical B reacts directly to Chemical A, forming an ultra-hydrophobic barrier.

Every GlassParency automotive application is backed by our three year product warranty. This warranty ensure that the product will perform at its peak level as long as the glass is properly maintained. The maintenance process is simple but is recommend to be done by the Authorized Installer who applied the initial application.

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Scotty’s Shine Shop attends Modesta Pluscon 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah

We were pleased to attend the annual Modesta Pluscon installer conference this year held at our good friends facility at Luxe Auto Spa in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

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Education is the most important part of a successful business. Modesta believes that providing education to installers  is crucial to building a successful global brand.With that in mind, Modesta developed Pluscon – a global training & conference event. Designed to educate detailers all over the world not only about our products, but also about the chemical backgrounds behind detailing, business operations, marketing, management and many other fields.

 

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The educational presentations went in depth into the chemical composition of how Modesta products are created and the performance characteristics each product possesses.

 

 

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During a break the Modesta team was taken for a private tour of the facility at Kindig It Design where the TV show “Bitchin’ Rides” is filmed.

 

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After the first day wrapped up we headed out for some incredible food!

 

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Day two, we were surprised with an award! Scotty’s Shine Shop was chosen as Modesta’s “International Installer of the Year” for 2018. We are so blessed and more importantly PROUD to be part of the Modesta installer network.

 

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After the morning training sessions we were granted a private tour of Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing HQ! Amazing!

 

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During the afternoon sessions we were treated to several extremely successful business people speaking about their businesses and giving advice on building and operating a successful business.

 

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Upon the end of scheduled training, a group of installers headed up to Sundance, Utah to this incredible house for the weekend to talk business and relax!

 

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All in all this was an incredible experience and after returning home we’re already planning for Pluscon 2019 across the pond in Europe!

What is “The Best”?

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We often hear people asking for a recommendation for a product or service and wanting to know what “the best” product or service is that they are looking for. Another component to this question is an additional statement relating to price such as “Where is the best place to get my windows tinted……for cheap?”. This is obviously a contradictory statement and defies the common law of business balance as laid out by John Ruskin:

“The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

Merriam Webster defines the word best as:

of the highest quality, excellence, or standing”
It’s important to understand that everyone’s interpretation of what “best” has come to mean is probably different and making sure that your expectation of what that means to you is on par with people that you might be asking for recommendations from. 

London Ontario’s Original Downtown Auto Detailing Shop!

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It has come to our attention that some of our valued customers are still not aware that we have moved to our new location at 290 Horton Street East (beside Enterprise car rentals at Wellington) and have visited our old location and been misled that the new tenants of that property are affiliated with Scotty’s Shine Shop or have taken over our business. We are in no way involved or associated with that business and encourage everyone to update their address book to reflect our new address to avoid any confusion. We look forward to seeing you at our new and improved shop only 0.5 km around the corner from our old location with the same quality and service you have come to expect over 24 years! Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations!

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Scotty’s Shine Shop

*Complete Auto Detailing*
*Paint Correction Specialists*
*Modesta Paint/Wheel/Leather Coatings*
*3M Pro Series & Xpel Ultimate PPF*�*Bespoke Auto Transport Services*

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Web | www.shineshop.ca
Call | 519-434-2922
Email | info@shineshop.ca

Visit Us:
290 Horton Street East
London, ON N6B1L4

We have moved into our new facility to serve you better!

We are pleased to announce that we are officially in our new, more modern and spacious facility located only 0.5 km from the old shop at 290 Horton Street East, London ON (beside Enterprise Car Rentals). We’re still working to wrap up some projects to complete our vision for the shop but we’re ready to serve you now for anything our incredible clients need! Give us a call and we’ll get you scheduled in ASAP if you need anything or just stop by the new shop and say hello!

 

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Scotty’s Shine Shop is moving to our new, improved location!

After almost 24 years, Scotty’s Shine Shop is moving around the corner to our very own building. We purchased the building at 290 Horton Street East which is located only 500 metres from our old location. Conveniently located beside Enterprise Car Rentals at the corner of Wellington & Horton we are looking to take the detailing and auto protection business to a level never before seen in Southern Ontario. Our new building has more space, ample parking and amenities that will make spending time at the shop a dream! Come visit us starting September 1st, 2017 and see what all the fuss is about!

 

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2005 Acura NSX Xpel Ultimate Clear Bra and Modesta Glass Paint Coating Application by Scotty’s Shine Shop

Once in a lifetime a project comes along that really speaks to your passion. For us at the shop this beautiful red 2005 Acura NSX was one of those very projects! After a consultation with the owner we ascertained that the car had been sitting at a fabricator for close to two years while work was being performed. The car arrived in less than ideal condition and had various damage that had occurred such as damage to the leather seats, marring in the paint and the entire car was covered in some form of black paint overspray.

We began by decontaminating the paint and gently detailing the engine compartment. After finishing we moved on to the interior and performed a top to bottom detailing and had our trusted friend Blair Boone from Fibernew Industries repair the damage to the leather seat. Paintwork was the next order and we spent countless hours polishing out every correctable defect in the paint in preparation to have Modesta BC-04 nano-titanium paint coating applied to all the paintwork. The decision was made to install Xpel Ultimate paint protection film to the hood, bumper, fenders, headlights and mirrors to protect the paintwork against further damage from insects, debris and stone chips so we installed a computer cut cut from Xpel. We finished up the polishing with an application of Modesta P-01A Primer and while that cured we removed the wheels from the car and thoroughly cleaned and detailed them and applied Modesta BC-06 Heat resistant wheel coating to the entire rim and the brake calipers.

Now that the paint was ready we applied the Modesta to all painted surfaces and cured it on the paint with Infrared curing lamps. All that was left was to get the little details and completely inspect the work. We think the pictures speak for themselves and were thrilled to have been able to be a part of such a special project.

 

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Xpel Ultimate Paint Protection Film & Modesta Glass Paint Coating…. Unmatched Gloss, Protection and Durability

Anyone that knows the crew at Scotty’s Shine Shop knows that we are BIG fans of Porsche. Check out this 2016 Porsche GT4 that we recently had at the shop. This beauty received a full installation of Xpel Ultimate paint protection film and a new car prep and application of Modesta BC-04 nano-titanium paint coating to all exterior paint and Modesta BC-06 on the calipers and wheels. With this kind of protection applied this Porsche will be a snap to maintain it’s amazing looks for years to come. Do you have a vehicle that deserves this kind of love and protection? Give us a call to schedule a FREE consultation to see how Scotty’s Shine Shop can help you keep your vehicle looking it’s best for years to come!

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