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Monday, April 29, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
I Used To Dream Too Small »
By Tony Whatley 365 Driven Reposted from 365Driven with the permission of the author When you are surro...
Thursday, March 28, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Your Appearance Affects Sales »
By Kenya Williams, CD-SV I Shine For You Auto Detailing Williamsburg, VA Article author, Kenya Williams,...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Decision Making and Opportunity Cost »
By Josh Buckler, CD-SV Shine Right Detailing Huntingtown, MD We all have the same number of hours in each day,...
Monday, January 28, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Importance of Setting Goals »
By Vincent Macri, CD-SV Wrap N Shine Auto Spa Being just a few short weeks past New Year’s day, I’m sure we have r...
Thursday, December 27, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
There's No Excuse to Be Uneducated »
By Vincent Macri, CD-SV Wrap N Shine Auto Spa We live in a world where technology has brought infinite knowledge r...
Monday, October 29, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Are You a Cleaner or a Professional Detailer? »
By Jonathan Leonard, CD Flawless Cleaning and Detailing What's the difference between a cleaner and a professional...
Friday, September 21, 2018   (1 Comment - view/add)
Achieving Success with Paint Correction Systems »
By Steve Winfield, CD Auto Magic, Senior Application Field Engineer Steve has over 40 years experience in the deta...
Sunday, August 26, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Work Smarter, Not Harder. Did Someone Say Credit? »
By Daniel Baker, CD Treasurer, IDA Board of Directors President, Ziebart Corporation When you think about grow...
Friday, July 27, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
You Are Not Your Own Customer »
By Jonathan Munsell Get Spiffy, Inc. Business owners often think they know just what their clients are thinking.&n...
Saturday, July 14, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Dealers Turn Detail Departments Into Revenue Sources »
By Keith Duplessie, CD-SV, RT Lean production techniques organize equipment, personnel, and materials to enhance sale...
Saturday, June 9, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Are You Ready? »
By Ken Daubenspeck, CD, Ziebart International Corp. With the sun starting to shine and the weather warming up, de...
Friday, April 20, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Finding Your Why »
By Kenya Williams, CD, iShine For You Auto Detailing Finding your why may sound “cliché” or like it’s just another phr...
Monday, March 12, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Cheeseburger Theory »
By Kevin Awalt, CD-SV, RT,  Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio I know what a lot of you are thinking: Wha...
Friday, September 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Making a Social Media Impact »
By  Malco Products Inc. , IDA Founders Member Stop us if you’ve heard this before: you need to be on social media...
Monday, August 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Secrets to Selling Detail »
You can successfully sell detail services if you follow a few rules. By Bud Abraham, IDA Founders Club Supplier...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Getting Down to the Nitty-Grity »
by Bud Abraham, DETAIL PLUS In one of the many trade magazines that I read monthly, I came across an interesting art...
Sunday, March 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
DIY Public Relations »
By Bud Abraham, IDA Founders Club Public relations (commonly known as PR) are a critical part of any business, and are...
Saturday, January 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
What You Don’t Know About Germs in Cars Could be Making You and Your Customers Sick »
By: Bud Abraham If a detailer knew the nature of the bacterium in the motor vehicles they work on they might have sec...
Thursday, November 17, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Rise of Microsuede: How to Care for Alcantara, Dinamica, & Ultrasuede »
By Jim Lafeber & Celine Witherell Our introduction to heavily used microsuede started with a Mercedes Benz C63 AMG...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lessons Learned from the $50 Detail »
By Dylan von Kleist Spend any amount of time in the detailing industry, and more specifically discussing the industry...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
What to do When the Customer Wants A Miracle »
What to do When the Customer Wants A Miracle By Bud Abraham Every detail business owner has, no doubt, dealt with a...
Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tips for Operating a Successful Detailing Business »
By Greg Pautler, Detailed Image Helping detailers create a successful business is something we take serious at Detail...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Defining Detailing »
Let customers know exactly what they’re getting By Keith Duplessie The success that carwash operators across the...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
Checklist for a Detail Business Start-Up »
By R.L. "Bud" Abraham When deciding to open a new detail business, especially if it’s your first one, following a...
Saturday, May 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Mobile Detailers and Fuel Costs »
By Keith Duplessie, CD-SV, RT As fuel prices increase, a mobile detailer needs to “hedge their bets” and try to stab...
Saturday, May 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Selling to Everyone, Selling to No One »
By R.L. “Bud” Abraham What do doctors, lawyers, commercial realtors, stockbrokers, and Mercedes drivers all have in c...
Monday, March 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Buffing Foams »
By Eric Dunn, Buff and Shine Products Buffing and polishing your car with foam pads has been around for many years.&nbs...
Monday, March 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
It’s Time to Give Your Training Program a Check Up! »
By Keith Duplessie, CD-SV, RT Last year I wrote an article encouraging the creation and implementation of a formal trai...
Sunday, February 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
What is Road Salt Doing to My Car? »
By James Trahan, Social Media Manager, Ziebart Corporation It’s time for a lesson in oxidation and chemical reactions!...
Thursday, January 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Initial Training Will Improve Retention and Reduce Turnover »
By Keith Duplessie, CD-SV, RT   The biggest challenge for every detail business is not just finding good people...
Thursday, January 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Blood Money »
By R.L. "Bud" Abraham   Biohazard cleaning is a specialty market that presents the professional detailer w...
Saturday, November 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Detail Shop Safety »
By Keith Duplessie, CD-SV, RT   Many business owners – be they manufacturing, body shops, cabinet makers, or ye...
Monday, November 16, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Headlight Restoration Service Using Paint Protection Film »
By Dan Baker, CD We have all had customers bring vehicles in for detailing services with yellow, dull, or cloudy headli...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Vapor Steam »
By Clayton Ryan, Steamericas Vapor steam may not sound like a realistic option for all-in-one car washing and detailin...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
How Does Your Shop Rate? Good, Bad, or Ugly? »
By Keith Duplessie, CD-SV, RT   First impressions count for a lot and can go a long way toward attracting new cl...

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