How to Start Your Own Automotive Mobile Detail BusinessYou can start and run your own mobile detail business, and be in business for yourself, and make a nice decent living doing it. You can offer this type of business two ways. If you don’t have a lot of money to buy a pressure washer yet, and a trailer to haul your water and chemicals with, you can still start this business on a smaller budget. You can always start at the bottom and then build it up from there!You could start out with just offering hand waxing and polishing jobs by hand. This is a service that is labor intensive polishing and waxing any car or vehicle by hand, so you should charge accordingly. A hand wax detail job, is usually the best you can get. It should be easier to get to all the “hard to reach areas” when you do it by hand, instead of just using a buffing machine that misses a lot of places. You could make up fliers offering your services and prices. Some of the best places to put your fliers are, on expensive cars. These owners usually like to keep their nice new cars, looking sharp!After you become experienced in the fine art of detailing cars by hand, you should purchase a new, or used, pressure washer. Lots of states now require mobile auto detailers to reclaim their used water and recycle it. So check with your state first to be sure what their rules are, before you purchase anything! You can get lots of customers from advertising in local newspapers and by putting an inexpensive magnetic sign on your vehicle with your name and number. It never hurts to pass out hundreds of fliers in the beginning, and pass them out to as many people as you can, to get the calls coming in quickly!
Auto technicians use both wrenches and computer programs with equal ease.. Cars today operate with the assistance of computer systems that control heating and cooling systems, fuel feed, ignition and and several of the conveniences such as the sound system and GPS programs. The challenges for auto technicians today include the traditional variations in design and functionality used by various auto makers. Equally challenging is the fact that auto producers continually upgrade the technology used to operate today’s vehicles.You can study with auto manufacturers. In order to keep auto technicians up to date many manufacturers operate training schools who want to learn from the source. Nissan, BMW, Toyota and Ford all offer training programs that lead to certification. Continuing education is also offered by many of the other auto makers; sometimes those courses are available at automotive vocational schools. The changes in both design and complexity for the inner workings of automobiles change much more rapidly today than a generation agoChoose an area of expertise. Most auto technician training facilities separate their teaching into three areas: Basic auto repair, collision repair, and diesel maintenance and repair. Diesel mechanics typically work on buses and trucks. The salaries for all three of these options have a variation of about ten percent among them, according to the Department of Labor.Many automotive professionals seek certification. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers a testing program that leads to certification, a factor that can be important to employers. The general requirement for taking the ASE examination is two years of experience in the field, but graduation from an automotive vocational program can be substituted for one of those years. For automotive repair alone, there are eight specializations such as brake repair and ignition systems that are available for ASE certification, each with its own exam.Consider whether your preference is working for a dealer or for a repair shop. This isn’t a decision you need to make immediately, your school offers special courses for individual brands, as some do. Usually selecting one of these additional courses adds a few weeks to the educational program, which are generally about a year in length. If you choose to study the workings of Volkswagen or BMW autos, for example, it will be an excellent addition to your resume but may limit your options for seeking employment.Give some thought to becoming a manager. Some automotive vocational schools include classes in business management and the oversight duties involved in running a shop. If you want to learn these skills at the beginning of your career, find an academy or community college program that includes them. And whether or not you choose to pursue management opportunity, continuing education will be a part of your life. A good question on a job interview is whether or not the employer pays for refresher courses for the staff professionals.
When the biggest automotive aftermarket show in North America, and even perhaps the world breaks its attendance record, then you know that there is a reason for the renewed optimism that automotive accessory manufacturers are showing these days. Although aftermarket sales by SEMA members for 2012 are expected to reach almost 30 billion dollars, this is still 4 billion short of its record from five years ago. Seems improbable that its beginnings were as an informal swap meet held in 1976 at a stadium in Los Angeles.SEMA executives have also reported that China and the Middle East have seen explosive growth. These are two entirely different, and dare we say opposite markets however, as Middle East buyers from oil-rich nations do not think twice about extravagantly spending for cars and luxury aftermarket items. China, on the other hand, is justifiably derided for having manufacturers that turn out inferior and unsafe copies of popular aftermarket products and designs.Along the way though, car owners and enthusiasts have seen an explosion of new products from competing manufacturers. These include HID lights, coilover suspensions, engine upgrades and body kits. In terms of mechanical and electronic upgrades, the best seem to come from German, Japanese and U.S. companies. The aftermarket industry includes about a dozen categories, ranging from business services, to collision repair and refinishing, to wheels and tires, mobile electronics and technology, utility vehicles, racing and performance parts, vehicle restorations, body kits and restyling and car care. It also includes a host of other products ranging from automotive accessories to tools and equipment.These new products are sold in traditional brick and mortar outlets as well as online. Nowadays, with most people cramped for time, online sales have also grown exponentially. And often offer the same products cheaper. What’s more, it’s so much easier to compare prices from the comfort of wherever your are, instead of physically going to different stores to check out the same items. This is not to say that you can do all your shopping online. For example, purchasing a coilover suspension and setting it up properly are two different things, and the experience can sour if the product support is not there. Then again, some shops don’t really offer any product support at all. With the vast amount of information available on the net, however, it’s very easy to look up user and long-term review of the products you are looking at. Do remember that you get what you pay for and what looks like a terrific automotive upgrade now may turn out to be a piece of junk down the road.