Tips for choosing a local car detailing shop include researching shops beforehand, asking the detailers questions about their work and backgrounds, and visiting potential choices in person to see how they operate. Customers shouldn't expect to get more than a general price estimate by phone, as an accurate estimate depends on seeing the vehicle in person.
To research detailing shops, customers should look up the shops on review websites. Another source of information is shop websites, which may provide information on the shop's services and certifications. Some shops have specials on certain days of the week or month, when customers receive a discount.
Questions to ask include how the detailer began his career, what training he has completed, how he details the customer's type of vehicle and if he has insurance, which is necessary in the event that a car is damaged. One sign of a high-quality, professional detailer is someone who speaks passionately about his work. When the detailer describes his process, the customer should ask what type of products the detailer uses, as some detailers cut costs by using cheaper products.
Positive things to look for in a shop include a clean environment and an indoor or shaded area where the detailers work. If the car is in the sun while being detailed, cleaners can stain the paint.