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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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!

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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Scotty’s Shine Shop Adds State of the Art Trailer for Bespoke Vehicle Transport Services

2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year and Scotty’s Shine Shop! We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering bespoke vehicle transport services to our clients across Southern Ontario with our state of the art 24′ Intech car hauler. This custom made, all aluminum trailer can accommodate loading and unloading of low clearance vehicles and provides an excellent solution for our clients looking to purchase vehicle protection services but are too busy or worried about damage occurring during the drive to the shop.

One of the best features of this trailer is a large escape door and removable fender which allows the door of loaded vehicles to fully open after loading allowing easy exit from the vehicle with NO DAMAGE. The driver simply drives the vehicle into the trailer, opens the door and steps out. Typical trailers require the driver to climb out a window which, in many cases, causes damage to the interior and scratches in the paint. Allowing Scotty’s to handle your pick up and/or delivery ensures that you will have a trouble fee experience and your vehicle being treated as if it’s our own.

Our goal is to allow our clients a “one-stop” experience.  Clients that are purchasing paint protection film and a Modesta paint coating are eligible to have their car picked up from any London area dealership or their residence at no-cost. For out of town customers or special requests please contact us and we can discuss your transportation needs. We are also available to provide transportation services for clients attending car shows, track events and more.

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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 *

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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

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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Gift Cards are now available from the Scotty’s Shine Shop Online Store!

It only took almost 23 years but we have taken another step in regards to technology and added an online store to the website! For now you will be able to purchase gift cards if you do not wish to have to physically drive down to the shop by going to the website and clicking on “GIFT CARDS” from the menu. The physical link is here: http://scottys-shine-shop.myshopify.com/products/gift-card and as illustrated below you can purchase any amount you wish in multiples of $25 and up!

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Once you complete your order you can pay with your credit card and you will receive an e-mail containing a gift card that you can either e-mail or print to give to the recipient and be used at the shop that looks like this!

 

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We look forward to adding the ability to order your maintenance supplies from the site soon as well.