I've been wanting to write this blog post for some time now. Being in this industry for 20+ years, I've seen detailers come and go, shops open and close and of course, the drama behind being a 'certified detailer' or not. Just recently while at SEMA, we were making our way down the escalators to the event and I happen to overhear a group of detailers crap-talking about being 'certified' after seeing the badges on my shirt. This gave me the boost to finish this post in hopes that I can clarify some things.
This post is by no means a bark at other detailers who don't have any type of certification or perhaps the experience. I look at myself as an advocate of this industry and strongly believe in continuous learning and training as the industry changes quickly. Detailers should be working together and not against each other.
This is meant to be an informative post for the public to understand that there is great value behind choosing a detailer who has undergone trainings, courses, and certifications. I always say, you wouldn't bring your Ferrari to a mechanic who has limited knowledge in Ferrari's, so why treat the rest of your vehicle the same way by going to someone who maybe doesn't understand paint defects or stains or even the types of material in a car or what products to use on them. Nowadays, damaging the interior or exterior of the car (seats, dash, paint) can be more costly than anything else.
So Let's Get to it...
When it comes to taking care of your car, truck, motorcycle, RV or even airplane, you want to make sure it's in the best hands possible. This is why choosing a skilled and certified detailer is crucial for correctly and efficiently maintaining the appearance and value of your vehicle. But what exactly does it mean to be a certified detailer, and why should you choose one?
What is a Certified Detailer?
A certified detailer is a professional who has undergone extensive training and certification in the art of detailing. This includes learning the proper techniques, tools, and products to use for various detailing processes, as well as understanding the science behind car care. Certified detailers are also required to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and techniques through ongoing education and training.
One of the main benefits of choosing a detailer is the level of expertise they bring to the table. With their extensive training and knowledge, these detailers are equipped to handle any detailing job with precision and care. They understand the intricacies of different car surfaces and know which products and techniques to use for the best results. This level of expertise ensures that your car receives the best care possible, leaving it looking like new.
Certified detailers are held to a high standard of quality assurance, no different than any other trade. This means that they are required to follow specific guidelines and use only the appropriate products and techniques for their services ensuring that your car is receiving the best care and that the results will meet your expectations. Additionally, certified detailers often offer warranties or guarantees for their services, giving you peace of mind and confidence in their work.
Attention to Detail
As the name suggests, detail is key in car detailing. Certified detailers are trained to pay attention to every small detail, ensuring that your car is thoroughly and properly restored-they have an eye for imperfections and know how to address them. This level of attention to detail is what sets certified detailers apart from other car care professionals.
Reasons to Choose a Certified Detailer
Certified detailers are professionals in every sense of the word. They take their work seriously and strive to provide the best service possible. This level of professionalism extends to their interactions with clients, making them trustworthy and reliable. You can trust that your car is in good hands with a certified detailer, and they will treat your vehicle with the utmost care and respect.
Every car is unique, and a detailer understands this. They will tailor their services to meet the specific needs of your car, ensuring that it receives the best care possible. Whether your car needs a simple wash and seal or a full interior and exterior detailing, a detailer will customize their services to meet your car's needs.
Use of High-Quality Products
Certified detailers use high-quality, approved products for their services. This means that your car will receive the best care without the risk of damage from harsh or low-quality products. Additionally, these detailers often have access to professional-grade products that are not available to the general public, giving your car an extra level of care and protection.
Time and Cost-Efficient
While it may seem like a DIY car detailing project can save you time and money, it often ends up being more costly and time-consuming in the long run. Certified detailers have the necessary tools and expertise to complete the job efficiently and effectively, saving you time and money. Additionally, their services are often competitively priced, making it a cost-effective option for maintaining the appearance and value of your car.
Improved Resale Value
Regular detailing by a certified detailer can significantly improve the resale value of your car. A well-maintained and detailed car will attract more potential buyers and can even increase the selling price. This is because a clean and well-cared-for car gives the impression that it has been well-maintained and is in good condition. So, investing in detailing services can actually pay off in the long run.
How to Find a Certified Detailer
The internet is a great resource for finding certified detailers in your area. A simple Google search can provide you with a list of detailers near you or you can visit www.detailingnearby.com to see a list of certified detailers in your area. Be sure to read reviews and check their website for more information about their services and certifications.
Ask for Recommendations
Ask friends, family, or colleagues if they have used a detailer before and if they would recommend them. Personal recommendations can be a great way to find a reliable and trustworthy detailer.
Check for Certifications
When researching detailers, be sure to check for their certifications. Look for certifications from reputable organizations such as the International Detailing Association (IDA). These certifications ensure that the detailer has undergone proper training and adheres to industry standards.