What to Look For From Your Auto Detailer

Auto detailing is one of those things that people think is easy to do. It isn’t. In fact, a proper auto detail can add hundreds of dollars to the value of your vehicle. We’re not talking a quick window clean and carpet vacuum, either. We’re talking the whole package: interior shampoo, vacuum, upholstery treatment, exterior cut, wax, wash, and polish. This is the difference between having a bath in a lake versus having a shower, washing and conditioning your hair, shaving your beard, and exfoliating your skin.

For your car, it’s automotive nirvana, and it’s your responsibility as a good vehicle owner to treat your car to a pampering every now and again.

What Makes an Auto Detailer Worth Your Hard-Earned Scratch

A good auto detailer doesn’t look at your car or truck as a dollar sign, but rather as a canvass by which they can exact their brand of art. With that in mind, it can be nearly impossible for the untrained eye to identify a passionate auto detailer from one who’s just looking to separate you from your wallet.

Keep your eyes open for a few indicators that the detailing shop performs quality work, such as:

  • Plenty of other vehicles being worked on, finished, or awaiting their appointment. While this is less of an indicator than others, especially in seasonal markets (such as the northern USA and pretty much all of Canada), it’s always a good sign to see other people using the same shop you’re considering using.
  • Samples of previous work, testimonials, or photographs of vehicles the detailer has worked on. Every automotive enthusiast worth their weight in car parts will gladly write their detailer a testimonial if the work performed was high-quality. Always ask for before/after photos, testimonials, or samples of work that shop has performed in the past.
  • Look online for positive reviews. This one is a no-brainer, and also the easiest to do prior to choosing a shop.

What to Expect from a Good Auto Detailer

Aside from using high-grade components and compounds on your car, you should expect your auto detailer to take great care of your vehicle while it is in their possession. As well, you can expect to leave your vehicle with the detailer anywhere from a few hours (if only getting an exterior or interior job) to a day or more (for a complete interior/exterior detail).

More importantly, you should be able to develop a level of trust with your detailer that is reflective of the service that they offer you. Don’t be afraid to point out imperfections if you feel that the service you requested should have taken care of it. Most good detailers will appreciate your feedback and will correct their oversight.

Fears and Thrills

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, “Do one thing everyday that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt.” I was on the back of our motorcycle when I read that quote. Be assured, riding a motorcycle scares me to death, but at the same time thrills me.
The scary part arrives out of fear. While riding I fear automobiles whose drivers run red lights, stop signs, and move toward our side of the road. I fear those drivers who are talking on their cell phones and are not paying attention to what is going on around them. Watching other cyclist pass by driving to fast and worst of all without helmets scares me.

What ifs also scare me. What if a deer runs out in front of us or that car behind us doesn’t stop and it hits us. What if the motorcycle’s tire blows out or what if my husband has a heart attack while riding the motorcycle like my friend was telling me her friend did. What if I am riding behind him when he has that heart attack?

Although all of those things scare me, the thrill of riding triumphs over all my fears. I am addicted to traveling our local countryside by motorcycle. I’ve never had the desire to ride solo. I love riding on the back of the cycle with my husband and I’m happy he is the one in control of the motorcycle. This affords me the opportunity to daydream, think, and a lot of time for sightseeing.
I love the courteous jester of the low wave cyclist give each other with their gloved hand held down to their sides. When we pass them, we know to look for the wave and offer one of our own to them. I enjoy watching the curiosity of the children whom we pass. I always offer a special wave to them and love to see their excitement. They make me feel like a celebrity.

Traveling through the Central Kentucky region has led to many discoveries. Most Central Kentuckians know about all of the more popular places such as Boonsboro, Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge, and the Horse Park. But, do they know about other areas rich in woodlands, creeks, streams, flowers, and waterfalls? Perched on my throne on my two-wheel chariot, I have glimpsed many glorious sights such as these.

Most people do not have the opportunity to smell, feel and hear Kentucky. Oh how I love the fresh air blowing gently through my helmet slapping my face with melodious sounds and glorious odors. The smell of just mown grass, blooming flowers, and even the foul smells rising from farms with a variety of animals all help bring a peaceful contentment to me. Memories of my life growing up on the farm tenderly attack me.

Some of the Madison County scenery we have been fortunate enough to view is things such as the creek off Barnes Mill Road with its gorgeous waterfall, the Reservoir at Red Lick, The Pinnacle in Berea and the mountain scene enfolding before us while traveling Big Hill as well as the beautiful lake at Owsley Fork surrounded by mountain peaks. We enjoy riding to the Valley View area and watching the ferry crossing the Kentucky River.

We also have discovered many beautiful places in other areas surrounding Madison County. In Bourbon County, there is a wall built of stone laid by hand many years ago. The wall extends for miles, surrounding beautiful farmland. The wildflowers growing on the countryside of Montgomery County were breathtaking. In Garrard County, we saw an endless field of buttercups growing wild.
Recently while riding through Lincoln County, we discovered the Cedar Creek Recreational Area. Sitting on a bench, I watched as the water slapped against the sand covered beach. Four geese honked as they floated on the lake. Several boats skimmed across the waves. All along, I could hear the roar of automobiles in the distance and an airplane as it flew overhead.
The noise did nothing to break the peaceful contentment lingering over the area. This was a beautiful place to come to sit and contemplate.

Evidence of previous visitor’s was strewn across the beach. Cigarette butts, broken bottles, plastic soft drink tops, and various sorts of garbage littered my getaway.
I tried hard to ignore the ugliness and focused my attention on the beauty surrounding me. Massive Oaks, remarkable maple and gangling locust trees stood tall around the lake, not to mention the many spiky cedars.
Goldenrods, daisies and many other wildflowers that I could not identify danced in the wake of the breeze. This place was a nice find.

If you are looking for something to do locally, hop in your automobile and ride around the countryside. You never know what you might discover. If you are brave enough, try riding a motorcycle. Discovering your world on a motorcycle is very exciting, besides, with the price of gasoline rising daily, you might be surprised how far a tank of gas will take you. A word or two of caution though, stay on your side of the road, watch what you are doing, be careful. Don’t forget to wave.

Auto Detailing Is For The Patient And Hard Working

Auto detailing is a sure money-making venture for the patient and persevering person. It’s a fast growing industry that you can get into if you have the guts and the passion to achieve it.

Auto detailing follows a step by step approach in cleaning cars and autos with the use of tools and auto detailing equipment to make your auto detailing job easier and cleaner.

Auto detailing is pure hard work and interest in what you do. It generally takes 3-4 hours to auto detail a car excluding its engine. This article will deal on the essentials of auto detailing – the must-have tools, equipment and procedures – the very soul of any auto detailing job.

To accomplish your auto detailing work, you will need a number of tools like rags or towels, brush of different sizes, big wash buckets, spray bottles and cotton wash mitts. You will also need synthetic chamois and big and regular sponges. Then, you will likewise need to get rug steam cleaner and orbital buffer. It will surely help a lot if you have a power washer with you to easily clean hard to remove dirt and stains.

Prior to detailing, you have to cover portions of equipment that are sensitive. After doing so, you are now ready to start washing the car.

Use soft and clean wash mitt. Having pH balanced car wash will be advantageous to preserve the original shine of your car. As a piece of advice, do not use detergents. It is not also advisable to utilize wash brush in cleaning the car.

Wet the car. This is to remove mud and dirt from the car’s body. It is better to be very methodical. Wash the car from top to down. Use brush to clean hard to reach portions of car’s body but make sure you don’t brush the body because that will ruin the paint of your car. After this, it is now time to clean the rims.

Having cleaned the rims, you can now thoroughly clean the body. Clean it in a top-down method like what is advised when you wet the car for the first time. After the car is completely clean, use chamois to absorb water from the car and do the final drying using cotton towels. Having thoroughly getting the water off the car’s body, you may now apply on the tires and bumpers the dressings you bought.
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Then, you can now begin vacuuming the interior of the car. Make sure that you clean this part very thoroughly as this one is what your client will inspect very meticulously aside from the fact that everyone wants the interior of the car to be as clean as they should be.

Then, you are now ready to shampoo the interior after vacuuming it. Shampoo the carpets and floor and make sure that you remove all dirt from them. You may now apply leather and vinyl preserve once you’re done shampooing. Next, clean the windows and give them that shiny look.

Auto detailing is really a methodical work and entails a lot of hard work. But all these efforts pay off when you see your client satisfied with your service. This feeling will definitely give you a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Plus, you will get better pay for a job well done.

Getting to Know Some Truck Parts

Imagine if you were asked to transfer 10 sacks of rice to a distance of 20 kilometers and all you have is your trusty old bicycle, wouldn’t that be such a pain? Unless you were a born athlete and you can bike for a whole day, I seriously think it’s going to be an impossible task. That is, if you’d be just using a bicycle. But if you had a truck, then the task would be as easy as eating pie.

As we all know, trucks are powerful vehicles designed to transport or carry heavy loads or in some cases, special equipment. Trucks enable us to finish work faster. Thanks to trucks, we no longer have to individually carry materials to build a house!

Just like any other mechanical equipment, trucks are made of parts. Theses truck parts, which make the truck a whole, are responsible for the efficient work of the vehicle. A truck is typically composed of a chassis, an engine, a suspension, a cab, axles, and trailers.

A chassis is basically the supporting frame or the base frame of an automobile. It holds the vehicle’s body and motor. The engine is the truck part that is responsible for converting energy from the burning of fuel to mechanical force which causes the vehicle to move. The axle is supporting shaft where the wheel revolves. It keeps the wheel in a consistent and relative position to the other wheels and to the body of the vehicle. The cab, on the other hand, is the enclosed compartment where the driver is seated. It also serves to protect the driver. The last and definitely not the least basic part, is the suspension. It is the collection of springs, linkages and shock absorbers that ensure a safe travel. It also makes the travel comfortable despite the bumps on the road.

These truck parts have different roles to play to make sure the truck works properly. Each part is equally important to the other for without the proper function of one, the truck as a whole will not work they way it should. On their own, the parts seem to be useless but together, they create a powerful machine. That is why if a truck part is damaged, it should be replaced by an original part, if possible, one that is identically the same to the damaged one. Although it may cost you, you can be confident in its efficiency.