Any time is a good time. The best times however are leading into the winter months and the spring time. Detailing your car leading into the winter months allows the Nano Coating to protect your cars finish during the harsh months of the year while at it’s strongest level of protection. The spring time detail allows us to decontaminate the interior of germs and the exterior of road contaminates
You may think spending, what some would see as, the vehicles total resale value detailing it and repairing some minor door dings somewhat foolish. Why not take the money, sell the car and apply it towards a new modern one with heated seats, navigation, and a backup camera? Have you ever heard the saying…
Far too many of us treat our cars like second homes: We eat, drink, spill things and create piles of clutter inside.
But stop and think about it. When was the last time you really gave your car a thorough cleaning on the inside? And think back to the last time you hopped into…Read More
It’s not often a car comes through our shop that captures every ones attention, makes people ask “what is that”? Or inspires people to tell stories about cars they’ve owned in the past. The Sin, a 1997 Toyota Supra does just that. When you see the Sin it doesn’t have a hard edgy body like most modern sports cars being produced today.
CS-II International Inc. offers an industry leading line of protective coatings that utilize cutting edge nanotechnology to safely and securely protect one of your most prized possessions. The company offers a series of coatings that we at Concours Auto Salon find to be the industry standard in paint protection, which is why we have chosen to apply CS-II brand products for our customers.
CS-II products have been used throughout Asia and Europe as the company provides customers with paint coatings that far surpass the competiton in terms of protection, appearance, and longevity. Now this same proven technology is available in the United States exclusively through select dealers and installers.
At Concours Auto Salon, we look for a protective coatings that match our standard of quality and, after much research, have happily found meets our needs. We now proudly offer these products as an authorized installer to our valued customers who care about their cars just as much as we do.
Titanium Paint Coating
This is the finest automotive titanium coating on the planet in regards to car paint. CS-II Titanium Coating is the next generation of protective coating for automotive surfaces. The extremely long-lasting crystal coat acts as a protective armor against acid rain, bird droppings, road film, tar and harmful UV rays. It maintains the luster and color of the paint on your car with the best grade of hardness (9h) while its adhesive strength will minimize the appearance of light scratches. Thus, the paint is protected and given a longer life cycle. Another key benefit of titanium coating is that it offers a deep rich gloss and finish. Ultimately, this makes the future washing of your vehicle faster and easier!
CS-II Ceramic Coating is a semi-permanent coating that provides long-term shine and protection. By inter-locking part of its molecular structure with the surface molecules of your paintwork, the result is a coating that cannot be washed off like polymer based waxes. This coating greatly reduces the penetration of heat, helping protect the finish of the vehicle. Once treated, your vehicle will repel water and contaminants like a lotus-leaf and will maintain a clear, reflective, showroom like shine. CS-II Ceramic Coating cannot be removed by water, alkaline or other detergents, or by pressure washers.
It is not surprising that people seeking detailing services often become confused by the huge variance in pricing. The problem stems from the wide range of definitions of “detailing” much like the title of “doctor” can mean many different things.
Detailing can generally be divided up into 4 segments: Concours d’élégance (think Pebble Beach), high-end (Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc.), retail (generally any vehicle an owner takes pride in) and production (new & used car lots, car washes, auctions, etc.)
When asking about prices for detailing many potential customers have an expectation of a price that is consistent with the segment below what they are actually seeking. For example, many people with newer vehicles may be very familiar with the detailing from the dealership where they purchased the car or they may have seen the prices at the local car wash. When they later seek the services of a retail detailer they are often shocked that the price is higher. Those with high-end sports cars they drive on the weekends often expect the price to be the same as when they have their daily driver detailed. People with high-end cars sometimes have concours level expectations without realizing what goes into it.
It also doesn’t help that many so-called detailers oversell their abilities and attempt to charge prices that are not consistent with the results they are delivering. These are the people who create a bad image for the industry.
People with high-end cars sometimes think they are being gouged on price simply because they spent more money on their car. The costs and risks of detailing such cars can be much greater. Replacing a damaged piece of trim on Ferrari or Lamborghini might cost thousands of dollars while similar damage to a Honda or Ford might be $100 For this reason, just the cost of insurance for working on such cars can be significantly more expensive and anyone detailing cars in this segment for production prices is probably not insured and likely not even a registered business. It should be a red flag. (This should be considered when searching for a detailer in any segment.)
Additionally, there are many key words or phrases that are used to hook uneducated customers. “Hand wax”, “machine polishing”, “high-speed buffing”, and “full detail” are just a few examples that cause confusion. Without additional information those terms mean absolutely nothing. What constitutes a full detail varies widely, not only from segment to segment, but also from detailer to detailer. Some detailers may also offer services in more than one segment. For this reason it is best to not simply ask “How much do you charge for a full detail?” A production detailer might spend 2 hours on a car and call it a full detail while a high-end detailer might spend 10-20+ hours for what they consider a full detail. Concours level details can exceed 100 hours. It is often necessary to have a conversation with a potential detailer to ensure both you and the detailer have similar expectations.
Written By Chris Chandler owner of Nth Degree Auto Detailing