Mobile Auto Detailing Noise Reduction Strategy – Shop Vacuum Enclosure

The other day, I was in a high-end neighborhood in California and I noted that it was quite noisy. There were landscapers with air blowers, landscapers using weed wackers, and even a mobile detailer across the street using one of those 5 horsepower shop vacuum. “Why all the noise,” I thought, this is a nice neighborhood. You see, I was surprised that the customers would put up with that noise and nonsense. Apparently they had no choice, but I would submit to you that they actually do. Further, there’s opportunity here and I’d like to explain why.

If you own a mobile detailing business you should consider noise reduction strategies. Perhaps you should buy a portable generator such as the Honda which is very quiet, and use an electric pressure washer, an electric buffer, and find a way to reduce the noise of that shop vacuum. Now then, before I retired I franchised mobile auto detailing units around the country. We set up these mobile rigs on trailers, in vans, and on pickup trucks using skid units. In many locations we would clean vehicles right in office parking lots where office windows were adjacent to the cars we were cleaning.

Our customers were on the phone and having meetings so it was unacceptable to make noise. Nevertheless, those shop vacuum cleaners have a terrible squeal to them. What we did was we took a plastic trashcan cut a hole in the side for the vacuum hose and a small opening in the top with some air-conditioning vent mesh. Then we used insulation around the inside of the trashcan, the kind that is silver on one side with sticky tape on the other. This did the trick. You can hardly hear the sound, unless you stood right next to the trashcan, which was upside down covering the vacuum.

This should work just about anywhere, and we never made any noise. Best of all, we got more referrals, and folks used to tell us that they likes us better than the people they had before because we didn’t make any noise. They would tell their friends, and we got more business. It was that easy. Using best management practices for mobile auto detailing and noise reduction makes sense, and it makes dollars.

Interestingly enough, you can’t buy anything like this in the store, no one sells them, you have to make your own. But since I’ve explained how, I hope you will do this as soon as possible, and help keep the peace and quiet.

Auto Detailing and Car Washing – How Electric and Hybrid Markets Might Hurt Industry

For those that have jobs in mobile auto cleaning services, they get to work outside all day while they are detailing or washing cars in parking lots. Indeed, they also know that it is very fun to clean some of the new hybrid vehicles. Many of these vehicles have three wheels, and are really neat looking aerospace designs. Most of them run as hybrids, meaning they run both electric, and or with an actual reciprocating engine using gasoline or diesel – some are fully electric.

The interesting thing is electric vehicles don’t get that dirty. This is because they don’t collect film from the exhaust or petroleum distillates which have positive ions collecting all the dirt and grime which sticks to the outsides of the vehicle. Without that sticky exhaust on the car, it doesn’t collect dust much either. Therefore the cars don’t get is dirty, therefore they are easy to clean, and most of these cars are smaller, so there is less to clean.

Yes, this is very good news if you’re a mobile detailer, and you are able to charge the same price as you used to charge for cleaning a suburban or a large SUV. Unfortunately, if the cars don’t get as dirty, customers are not partaking in car washing and detailing services as often. That means there will be fewer washes, and fewer cars to detail during the week. This could hurt the industry, and affect the cash sales of auto detailers and mobile car washers.

So on one hand, the cars will be easier to clean, and perhaps even without using soap, as the pressure washer will blast all the dirt off, and there is no film to clean off. That means you don’t need to use a soap mit or do any rubbing. Also many of the new finishes on these cars will most likely be fiberglass, extremely glossy, and smooth surfaces. Some may even beat coated with titanium dioxide or self-cleaning coatings, meaning they will not need very much cleaning at all ever.

Not everyone sees the future, or is involved in their industry to the degree that I am, however this is what I see over the horizon, and perhaps the mobile auto services companies need to be cognizant of the fact that their industry is changing very quickly. Indeed, I hope you will please consider this, and if you have any comments or questions feel free to give me a call and we can discuss this. Or just send me an e-mail.

Tips For Finding Clients For an Auto Detailing Business

Finding new clients for your detailing business is an ongoing process. Having business cards and fliers is the first thing you will want to have on hand when you are getting started. Asking your friends to hand them out to people they know with high end cars will begin to get the word out.

Most cities have business networking groups that meet once a week. These groups will have one person from any given industry allowed in the group. Find one with no membership fees or as low as possible. You will most likely want to find one that does a breakfast meeting rather than a lunch meeting so as not to interfere with your schedule. These other industry professionals will most likely try out your service and if they are happy with you they will enjoy sending you a lot of referrals. This method is capable of building up a list of Realtors, Lawyers, and other successful industry leaders who need your service.

Golf and Country clubs may allow you to come on the weekends and offer your service to their memberships. Many times you will not have to share any of the money you earn, as they are just happy to offer a service to keep the members happy.

Professional office complexes are great for finding high end cars that you would want as clients. Walk through the lot and place a business card on the drivers side window in between the weatherstrip and the glass. Even if the car is clean they may call you the next time it is dirty.

You can go into these offices if you are clean and not sweaty for the purpose of speaking to the front desk receptionist and asking if you could leave a flier that explains the services you offer. They may have to get approval from an office manager first but it is possible that they will want to have you come out on a set day of the week and provide multiple cars for you to detail at one time. It is to your benefit to do as many cars as you can at one location in order to limit the time spent on the road in between jobs.

Just being out and doing work will cause people to stop and want to inquire about your service. Always have some cards ready to hand out and ask them for a phone number you can contact them at when you are not working. You want to let them know that as a client of yours their car will get priority service too and that you cannot lose focus on the car you are currently doing at the moment. This way you won’t get into any long conversations while the soap is drying and making your job harder after they have left.