FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ASK DANIEL, OUR MASTER DETAILER.

Many of our clients have never experienced a service quite like ours before. We are the first detailing studio of our kind in Central Virginia, and we are proud to share our knowledge with our fellow motor enthusiasts in the area. 

Below are some common questions, answered by our master detailer, Daniel Wendell. If your question is not answered, feel free to contact us here.

I DON’T OWN AN EXOTIC OR LUXURY CAR, BUT I LOVE MY CAR. CAN YOU DETAIL IT FOR ME?

Absolutely! I feel just as privileged to work on your car. Our services are for those who want their car to look the best, whether luxury or non-luxury owners. In fact, many of our clients own non-luxury cars. In some cases the detail costs can equal the value of the car, but quality service is an immense investment and tends to add value to the car. These clients tend to be car enthusiasts or preparing a car for sale.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I CONTACT AUTOMOTIVE AESTHETIC ABOUT GETTING MY CAR DETAILED?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

In contacting me, if your location allows, we will set up a convenient time to meet and inspect the condition of your car and discuss opportunities for refining it. You can schedule a free consultation here, or by contacting us via email or phone. In your initial consultation, I will review the condition of your vehicle and we will work together to determine an appropriate course of action.

 

Our consultation process is designed to give each client as much information as possible, to aid in a well-informed decision. We are confident that we can meet and exceed the needs and expectations of each and every client.

We strive to achieve the absolute highest level of quality within any budget. To accomplish this, we place a very high value on client feedback. We are on a constant quest to dramatically improve every vehicle that crosses our threshold.

IF I HAVE MY PAINT CORRECTED, WILL THE DEFECTS
(HOLOGRAMS, SWIRLS, SCRATCHES ETC.) REAPPEAR?

The answer to this question is up to you! These scratches are the result of improper maintenance and care. If you wash your car properly and don't put your car at risk in ways that may scratch your paint, they will not reappear. I find many car-owners tempted by the low cost and speed of machine-operated washes. Be aware of the possible damage this may cause to your car.

 

Automotive Aesthetic offers classes on how to properly wash your car, and I am happy to maintain your vehicle myself with weekly or bi-weekly washes.

WHY ARE YOUR SERVICES SO MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER CAR WASHES AND DETAILING COMPANIES? ARE YOUR SERVICES ACTUALLY THAT MUCH BETTER?

Not to brag, but yes.

Automotive Aesthetic offers an entirely different view of car care. We are actively engaged on an international level with some of the best detailers in the world. Our global detailing community shares a common philosophy: that every aspect of car care should be constantly improved with a relentless focus on improving quality and longevity.

This philosophy, coupled with over 10 years of detailing experience and an arsenal of cutting edge equipment, techniques and products makes for a new standard in detailing.

At Automotive Aesthetic, anything short of the best is not good enough.

I AM VERY DISCRETE ABOUT MY COLLECTION,
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAXIMIZE MY PRIVACY?

Our clients comfort and privacy is of critical importance to us at Automotive Aesthetic. We are happy to work with you to tailor any project or service to meet your needs.

We also help some clients by quality infrastructure in their own home to accommodate detailing needs. For these clients we offer specific services at the comfort of their own garage. We also offer pickup and delivery options to make things easier and more discrete for you.

For many of our advanced services it is very difficult to work without a controlled environment and specific equipment, therefore we prefer to work within the confines of our studio for these kinds of projects. We remove all license plates from client vehicles in the studio, and we go to great lengths to ensure the security of all personal information.

Non disclosure forms are available to all clients should they choose. If you have any specific questions or concerns about privacy, please feel free to contact me directly.

WHY SHOULD I CONTRACT A PROFESSIONAL TO DETAIL MY CAR?

We encourage all of our clients to care for their vehicles themselves! We love teaching clients about quality car care, and we offer classes on washing and several other maintenance techniques. However, we offer many services that could cause damage if performed incorrectly (or poorly) by an inexperienced and / or uninformed detailer.

 

We never recommend our clients to machine polish their vehicle themselves. Our reasoning is simple—only trained and experienced individuals should be polishing paint, regardless of the type of machine and products they are using. It simply isn’t worth the chance of permanently damaging your paint.

Additionally, many of our products (including Modesta Coatings) are only available to approved and licensed professional installers. Use of these products requires considerable skill, experience, and training,  so the manufacturers do not offer them on the consumer market.

I AM CONFUSED BY THE ARRAY OF DIFFERENT WAXES, SEALANTS, AND COATINGS YOU OFFER. WHICH PRODUCTS ARE BEST FOR ME?

Your vehicle has just been restored to perfection: now what?

You probably want to protect and maximize your vehicle's new found beauty. We offer several different protection categories: Carnauba Waxes, Paint Sealants, and Modesta Coatings.

Carnauba is a natural derivative of a palm plant native to South America. These waxes traditionally afford a distinctive glow that is very desirable to many. This exceptional beauty comes at the expense of longevity and durability. Carnauba waxes are best used for cars that are stored inside and not driven often, such as show cars.

 

Sealants offer greater protection than carnauba waxes, with a slight decrease in overall glow. We recommend paint sealants for vehicles being prepared for sale, and as a low cost option for daily drivers. Sealants offer improved durability and longevity over carnauba waxes, but pale in comparison to the newest development in paint protection: glass coatings.

 

Glass coatings offer unrivaled performance when it comes to looks and durability. Automotive Aesthetic has found Modesta Coatings to be the best product available in the coating market, and uses Modesta exclusively. We are proud to be a certified Modesta installer. These coatings provide many years of protection from chemical damage (leaves, bugs, acid rain etc.) and give your car an unbelievable shine. Additionally, they make maintenance faster and easier because contaminants do not bond easily to the coating surface. Modesta Coatings are a great choice for any car you plan to keep for more than 2 years.

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