How to choose the proper company for your automotive detailing and paint protection film service needs

When researching for a company to perform detail work or other services on your vehicle, there are a number of factors that should play into your final decision. Many think that the lowest price should dictate what company to choose; but what if the other considerations you may not be aware of could lead you to a happier decision, even if it is a higher price? 

There’s a difference between the price of a service, and the cost. The price is what you pay for the service you’re purchasing up front, while the cost is what you end up spending long-term thereafter the purchase. For example, you find a company that will perform a “stage 3 paint correction and 2 year ceramic coating” for $1,500, and another company is saying the “same” package is $1,000. The first question many ask is. “why are you so expensive?” The question you should be asking is why the other company is so cheap? Often times the cheaper service is not the same quality or standard of the shop that is performing the service at a premium price; whether it be the paint correction is inferior, or the quality of the work as a whole is sub-par. 

Many times we see clients who come to us after a cheaper company did the car, only to point out the flaws in the work to the client. Things like stretch lines in paint protection film, or edges that are peeling within days of installation; paint correction that barely looks like any scratches were attempted to be removed, ceramic coating permanent smears, high spots, inferior coating product brand or the surfaces not even behaving as if they were never coated at all.

Furthermore, let’s say you’re in the market for a new pair of Nike shoes, or that new television; it makes sense to look for the cheapest price; as the product is produced by the same manufacturer and the quality is the same no matter from what retailer you end up buying it. Shopping a service-based business based strictly on price alone, however, is not ideal if you’re looking for a high quality result as there are a variety of different factors that should be weighed before pulling the trigger.

Visiting the businesses you’re thinking about using

This is a huge part of the decision-making process. While websites and online presences can give a small representation of a company, it is always best to make a consultation with a business to have them look your vehicle over with you. This not only aids the company to better quote the job by seeing your vehicle in person, but gives you a chance to meet the owner and get a look at the facility.

Shop Appearance

Is the business to which you’re inquiring have an environment suited for the type of services you’re looking for? Is it well-lit for detailing, ceramic coatings, window tint, vinyl wraps, and/or paint protection film services? Is it clean? Is the facility climate-controlled? It is crucial to have optimal working temperatures, as this has an effect on how window film, vinyl, and PPF apply. It is also a factor in how compounds and polishes break down during paint correction, and how ceramic coatings lay down during install. It also can affect employees and staff temperament if it is an uncomfortable temperature and environment. Cleanliness is also important to consider, especially if paint protection film or window tint is being applied as dirt & debris play a huge part in a clean installation. 

The Detail BOSS facility. Exceptionally Clean, Bright, and climate controlled. Fitted perfect for the fellow car enthusiast’s needs

The Detail BOSS facility. Exceptionally Clean, Bright, and climate controlled. Fitted perfect for the fellow car enthusiast’s needs


Does the business or businesses in question have credentials? Is the staff trained and by who? Certifications? What type of vehicles were in the shop when you visited for a consultation? What type of resume does the business have that they can either show or explain to you that gains your trust?

The Owner(s) 

Have you met with the owner of the company? Does conversation seem scripted or are they being 100% honest with you and establish a sense of trust with you? Are they performing the work on the vehicle, or overseeing every step of their operation to ensure their technicians are performing at the highest standard?

Strictly price shopping a service based business is the last thing a consumer should do. The quality of work, the shop environment, staff qualification, and meeting with the owner(s) should play into your final decision of where your vehicle deserves to be pampered.

We hope this article has helped your decision-making process if you’re torn between who to use; whether you’re in our market here in Arizona, or anywhere else. 

Until next time, happy detailing!

  • Detail BOSS

Select Members of the Air Force One Detail Team: 2011 and 2013!

For those of you who follow us, you probably have seen or we've probably told you that in 2011 we were part of an elite group of detailers who were chosen around the globe to be a part of a team to detail the original Air Force One Boeing 707 aircraft on display at the Museum of Flight. This piece of aviation history served in the presidential fleet from Presidents Eisenhower through Bill Clinton. This year, we were invited again.

On August 4, 2013, we flew to SeaTac Airport in Washington state to begin our 6 day detail on the aircraft.

Air Force one: SAM970 Monday morning before we got to work

Air Force one: SAM970 Monday morning before we got to work

The task for the week was to detail Air Force One, Boeing's first 737, and a fleet of fighter jets. The museum had already washed AFO for us, so we needed to detail every exterior surface; from the top of the tail, to the most underside of the belly, the entire jet was polished and protected.



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The mission was to polish every painted surface, and every aluminum surface. While paint correction is one of our specialties, the goal in this project was to preserve history and make it look as best we could without taking a lot of life away from both the paint and the cladding on the aluminum.  Performing countless test spots on both the paint and aluminum to see what would yield the best result, the team finally came to the conclusion with what worked best, and we had it.

Below is a test spot showing a before and after side by side on one of the 4 engines



Test spot on the engine of Air Force One: MIRROR RESULT

Test spot on the engine of Air Force One: MIRROR RESULT

Detailing a jet of this size is no easy task, from ladders, to 3-4 man lifts, to cherry pickers to reach the top of the tail and fuselage, there wasn't an inch of this plane that went untouched. One of the biggest priorities on this project wasn't just bringing back AFO to a state better than its ever seen, but to keep each and every team member safe from injury. We are all proud to say that no one was hurt on this project, not even a scratch! 


We'd like to personally thank every team member, sponsor, and those who made this project a possibility, to every catered and sponsored lunch, we thank all of you!

If we are trusted to detail one of our nations most prized pieces of history, who else could you trust more in Scottsdale or the Phoenix area to detail and take care of your automobile or airplane? Now, enjoy the pictures and video below!  Clicking on both pictures below will change to the next picture in the gallery. As always, happy detailing.

-The Detail Boss


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