Since 1999, the single best auto detailing tips and resources guide. Most detailing websites allow their so-called “expertise” to be influenced by the products they sell. That agenda makes their advice worthless and often suspect. Here at AutoDetailGuide, all our advice is based on 25+ years of real-world auto detailing experience. Any products or equipment recommended here are only done so to support our expert advice. Expanding on this with skills and knowledge to help build your business. We never waste your time.

Auto Reconditioning

Auto Reconditioning Services Detailing businesses must adapt to survive in tough economies like we've been dealing with for the past five years. Sadly, the idea of simply doing a good job detailing customer cars is not enough anymore. People want a "good deal" but...

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Windshield Repair

Windshield Repair That tiny chip or star in your windshield is a large and growing crack waiting to happen. If this happens to you then windshield repair is in your future. Unless of course, you feel like paying for the replacement of the entire windshield. Most...

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Auto Carpet Cleaning

Old school detailers just used an old shop vac, scrub brush and a bucket. It’s a horrible way to scrub carpets and isn’t even close to a professional auto carpet cleaning, but they managed somehow. Other less professional detailers like to spray chemical on your carpets, pressure wash the dirt out and then drill small holes in your floor boards to let the water drain out. I know you think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Professional heated carpet extractors will run about $1,500. So if your detailer does not have one, go somewhere else. If they can’t afford $1,500 for equipment that will dramatically improve the quality of their work, then you don’t want your car near them.

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Pressure Washing Services

Another great area to market as a mobile detailer is in the pressure washing services industry. Many detailers forget about this end of the business, but it’s very profitable. You are a mobile detailer and that’s your main business, but you’ve already got the equipment on board to do pressure washing services, so why not?

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Detail Shop Owners

Detail Shop Owners Auto detailing technicians are considered some of the best car care professionals around, if you can find a good one.  Whether they make good detail shop owners is another question entirely.  This is the same issue that companies have finding good...

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5 Reasons Your 1099 Contractor is Actually Your Employee

I’m going to come right out and say it. 1099 contractors are almost always employees. Almost always is probably shooting low because as far as detail shops and similar businesses, you fail the IRS criteria test probably over 90% of the time. I know this may surprise some of you reading this, but if you didn’t think this was the case you probably wouldn’t be here reading this. I wrote 5 reasons your 1099 contractor is actually your employee to highlight this important compliance subject for small businesses.

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Looming IRS Problems for Small Business

Many detail shops have big problems classifying their employees correctly. Why? Mainly because some shop owners try to save a few bucks on the taxes paid for employees. So they think they can pull a fast one and pay their employees cash under the table. Even worse, some shop owners will tell their workers that they are “independent contractors” and just cut them a check each week. Either way, both methods are illegal. This behavior is the reason there are so many looming IRS problems for small business detail shops in this country. What’s worse is you hurt the people working for you. And you make the entire industry look like fly by night operators when you get caught.

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Detail Shop Technology

Technology is affordable and not as complicated as you might believe. If you automatically think you can’t afford to improve your business with simple and inexpensive technology, eventually your competitors will if they haven’t already done so. Detail Shop Technology is one of the most important upgrades you should be making in your detail shop.

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