Shop improves the appearance of the car with large-scale details | New
Whether you want your car washed and vacuumed or a large-scale detail, the dirty deed can be done while you are working in the auto detailing shop.
Make an appointment and that day drop off the car in the morning. Then collect your shiny “new wheels” from the store that afternoon.
Located in the old Firestone business at the corner of Goss and Vincent Road, the store offers four different categories of car washes and a number of additional specialty treatments for personal vehicles of all types.
Kate Kelly, the store’s facilities manager, said prices vary depending on the size of the vehicle and the amount of cleaning needed. But either way, the services are a steal, she said.
Prices range from $ 20 for a basic exterior car wash and interior vacuum to $ 250 for a full retail job, which includes cleaning the interior and exterior, windows, tires, seats. and rugs, and wax work.
The cost increases for cars with excessive dirt, animal hair or miscellaneous grime, Kelly said, adding that “specialized treatments” can be added to other services.
These include headlight restoration, fabric cleaning, engine details, paint correction by removing scratches and swirls, and more.
Business has been going very well, “ever since we put Uncle Sam to work,” Kelly said, noting the huge dancing air banner placed in front of the building.
Bob Van Etta, the Cleaner, has over 40 years of experience in automotive detailing, including at high-end retail and wholesale auto dealerships.
“He is extremely proud of his work,” Kelly said, adding that clients seem to appreciate him.
A typical reaction before and after? “They are absolutely amazed,” Kelly said. “(They say) ‘Looks like the car is brand new again! Your prices are too low! ‘”
Kurt Schultz of Huntsville, an IT specialist for Cimarron Inc. (backing Boeing on the SLS contract), took two cars to the Auto Detailing workshop, and said both experiences were “very positive”.
He bought a 2002 Toyota Camry from a friend with kids, Schultz said, so when he got it, the car was “full of glitter and Cheerios.” It had also been parked under a cherry tree and mice lived in the trunk.
“You didn’t notice it until you took the mat off,” Schultz said. After the detailing service, “it came back really like new. It was amazing. “
The other car was a 2007 Suzuki Rodeo with manual transmission for $ 200. “We got it to teach my son to drive a stick,” Schultz said, but the car’s biggest cosmetic and safety flaws were its hazy headlights.
“I read these guys were doing the headlight polishing,” so he ordered this extra service, Schultz said. “They looked brand new.”
He has since sold the Suzuki for four times what he paid for it. “I’m sure polishing the headlights made a huge difference,” he said.
Kelly is also the Facilities Manager for the Auto Skills Shop, which offers a full service vehicle maintenance and repair service. For an appointment at Auto Skills, call 955-7727. She also oversees the self-service MWR car wash on Vincent Road, which also offers an automatic car wash.
Kelly has been with Redstone MWR since 2010 and became Head of Automotive Skills in 2016.
Appointments can be made in person or by phone. For automotive details, the store operates about a week in advance. Estimates are also available in person during regular boutique hours, Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm. For more information, call 876-3900.