Rear View of Black Car After Detail

How long does the detail take?
Our Full detailing services can take between 8 – 20 hours depending on the type, size & condition of your car. Please plan on leaving your vehicle with us for one full day and a half minimum. Our premium detail, water damage restoration, stolen recovery reconditioning or any vehicle that requires extra attention on the interior or paint correction (multiple stages of polishing) on the exterior may take several days to complete.

We recommend stopping by our shop for an estimate before committing to a service appointment. Free onsite inspections and estimates are offered by appointment Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Your also welcome and encouraged to call us so we can explain our service offerings and pricing in more detail. This often can save both parties a considerable amount of time.

Auto Salon at Leschi is a high quality, low volume service company. That means that we schedule only a few cars a day in order to give your vehicle the extra attention it needs to ensure our quality level of work.  In order to best accommodate all of our customers, we recommend scheduling several weeks in advance.

May I drop off my car the day before my scheduled appointment ?
Yes, your car is safely locked in our secure garage overnight. We prefer to wash & prep your car the day before which allows our technicians to start work on your car early the next morning. Drop off times are preferred the day before at 9 am. If that’s not possible you can always schedule the day of your appointment at 9 am. Either way our details typically take at least one day and a half.

Is there an extra charge for SUVs , Vans, Exotic and Classic cars?
Prices are higher due to the extra work and attention required for these vehicles. A specific estimate will be provided upon inspection of your car the day of your appointment.

Gift Certificates ?
Gift certificates may be purchased for any service or dollar amount of your choice.

What is the difference between paint correction, compounding, polishing or buffing?
Paint Correction is a professional term for polishing, compounding, or buffing. (We think of Buffing as a generic term often confused with paint correction). Compounding and polishing are techniques that are used in the process of paint correction along with special rotary, forced driven orbital and dual action polishing machines, cutting, polishing pads and a quality product. This process covers all areas above and beyond general degradation.

Most paint imperfections can be removed during our paint correction process. These imperfections include water spots, impressions from bird droppings, tree sap, scratches, swirl marks, holograms, run lines, oxidation, lime or calcium deposits, paint over spray and most surface damage.  Many of these issues can be resolved using advanced paint correction techniques. This process slowly removes microscopic layers of clear coat, leveling the paint and leaving a smooth and mirror like finish.

Unlike buffing, not just anyone can execute paint correction. This technique is a labor intensive process and must be performed by a master technician that has several years of experience. There are also certain products that must be used to achieve paint correction. These high quality polishing products are developed using Nanotechnology and contain super micro abrasives. They are carefully selected and imported from around the world.

Each of these fine products are used for different levels of paint correction and the technician must be familiar with how to use each tool and product individually. The art of safe, modern and proper polishing techniques is what separates the true professional detailer from all the rest and is a skill set that is mastered by very few.

Should I get my car detailed after it’s been in the auto body shop getting repaired & refinished?  

Body shops provide excellent collision work & refinishing but often lack in finish work. It’s best to leave the finish work to a professional detailer that is well versed in interior reconditioning & paint correction. 

Body dust finds it’s way into the interior & the list of paint imperfections are often over looked. These imperfections are run lines, paint overspray, orange peel, solvent pop’s, paint overspray on the glass, door jambs, wheels, bumpers & any other surface not being directly refinished.    

They would typically go as far as sanding out a few imperfections & polishing only the adjacent body panels to match the freshly painted panels. Not the entire car. That’s really all they have time to do because of the fact that most body shops are regulated by auto insurance companies. Meaning the insurance companies only pay what they believe each & every job is worth.  

A professional detailer however will spend an extraordinary amount of time properly washing the paintwork, performing the paint correction & applying a paint sealant, Si02 spray or ceramic coating. This is important as the entire exterior will look new, not just adjacent to panels that were repaired & refinished.  

There are several reasons to have your vehicle professionally detailed. One of those reasons is after it’s been in the body shop. It’s the last & imperative step in the process of automotive aesthetics & is highly recommended. 

Once your paint work is dialed in or at it’s fullest potential then it’s all about maintenance from there. We are able to maintain a perfect finish for years via our non abrasive wash process & maintenance services. 

What is the difference between removing and filling scratches and swirls in your paintwork?

The difference between removing and filling defects in your paintwork is the difference between eliminating a problem and hiding it. Filling defects is a temporary solution that hides the scratches and must be repeated often to maintain the appearance of corrected paint. Scratches and swirls are filled by using products that contain glazes and filler waxes. These products contain oils in them which fill the scratches and hide them for a short period of time.

When the glaze or filler wax is washed away the scratches and swirls will re-appear. Unfortunately glazes and filler waxes are often used unscrupulously to make a vehicles paint appear in better condition than it is. Most of these products are still used for cost efficiency at your local car dealerships or high volume auto detailing facilities. Before you choose a detail shop make sure they use quality products like Menzerna, Meguiars or 3m and are well versed in the paint correction process.

This means they will be Removing imperfections in your paintwork, not Filling them. After this process is finished one can maintain a scratch and swirl free finish for up to one year or so by washing the car non – abrasively or by hand with use of microfiber wash mitts, drying towels along with other products and techniques.

What is the difference between hard and soft paint?

There are three primary factors that affect how difficult it will be to remove defects in your vehicle’s paintwork.

Paint workability – The hardness or softness of the paint. The only way to know if your paint is hard or soft or how workable is to try a test spot on your vehicle’s paintwork. Some may also know from experience. For example a professional auto detailing facility or one who is an expert in paint correction.

Hard paint can be very difficult to polish and very time consuming. It can take up to 8 hours to a few days to correct hard paint depending on the size and condition of your vehicle. This includes prepping, decontamination, masking, paint correction and applying wax or sealant. Any reputable auto detailing facility should offer several stages of polishing. Be prepared to pay extra if your paint is hard and has many imperfections (scratches and swirl marks) as it can take up to a few hours just to polish your vehicle one time.

Soft paint typically is a bit easier to polish but can still require extra stages of polishing time depending on the severity of the imperfections. Hard or soft once your paint has been corrected it must be washed and maintained properly in order to minimize scratching and swirling the clear coat.

One who has personally polished thousands of vehicles would know from experience that manufacturers like Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes typically have hard paint and Honda/Acura, Toyota/Lexus (most Japanese manufactures) have soft paints. Porsche tends to be sort of in the middle of the two categories.  As for American manufacturers they’re all across the board from hard to soft and can vary from factory to factory even when dealing with the same vehicle.

There are many variables when it comes to hard and soft paint. The manufacturers can change their paint from year to year, so just because a certain paint code from one manufacturer is really soft for several years, it doesn’t mean that ALL years of that exact paint code will be that way. These are merely guidelines and there are many exceptions which is why a thorough test section on each vehicle needs to be performed to determine just how hard or soft a paint is and to establish your proper combination or process for paint correction.

If you first try a light polish/pad combination and it barely makes a difference at all, then you know it’s a hard paint and you need to work your way up in terms of aggressive combinations to find out what’s going to give you the best cut and finish. Once again there are many variables and it becomes a scientific testing procedure to determine what combination of machine, backing plate, pad, polish and technique is going to work best.

Depth of the defects you’re trying to remove – The deeper the defects the more clear coat you’ll need to remove in order to remove the defects. If to much clear coat is removed the paint can be damaged. Most professional auto detailers know how much clear coat is safe to remove. Some use a paint thickness gauge, which provides vital information about the overall thickness of the paint and provides clues about how much clear is left.

Before the 1980’s when there was only single stage paint available, one would have to remove a certain amount of the existing paint to remove defects. Older single stage paints tended to be very easy to work on, that’s why for decades just about anyone at any skill level could grab some rubbing compound and apply it to a scratch in the paint, work the product, wipe the residue off, apply some wax and the paint would look pretty good. Try that today on a modern clear coat or two stage paint and all you’ll do is scratch and scour the surface.

Single stage paint also required much more maintenance and eventually the paint would wear off and the vehicle would need a new paint job. Today two stage paint can last the lifetime of the vehicle but in order to keep it looking nice it must be polished and protected (waxed or sealant applied). If not maintained properly the clear coat will over time deteriorate and start to peel off and will then also require a new paint job.

Your skill level – Each and every vehicle’s paintwork is different. Good or poor condition, hard or soft paint, oxidized, imperfections, severely scratched clear coat. The list goes on and on.  One must know that there are many variables and guidelines one must learn before attempting to perform paint correction on hard or soft paint otherwise your paintwork could end up far worse than before you began. Paint correction is a labor intensive process that requires extensive knowledge and experience and must be performed by a master auto detailing technician.

Why have my vehicle detailed during the winter or when it’s raining? It’s just going to get dirty.

Contrary to some belief, winter is a very important time to have your vehicle detailed. We all know it’s nice to enjoy your shiny paint, wheels, and glass when the sun is out without contaminants on their surfaces. Some of these contaminants include but are not limited to mud, road tar, grit, grim, salt, acid rain and industrial fallout.

When these surfaces are protected with paint sealant, silica spray or a ceramic coating most of the contaminants are repelled away from these surfaces. Any contaminants that are not repelled away are actually sticking to said protective products, not the paint surface therefore can be removed much easier than if your vehicle is not protected.

A vehicle without a fresh coat of paint sealant, silica spray or a ceramic coating is exposed to the brutality of the elements. Exposure to adverse conditions can doom your precious paint to oxidation, scratches, swirl marks and corrosion.

By the time summer rolls around your vehicle’s paintwork is in bad shape. Your detailer will have to spend more time cleaning and polishing your vehicle. Its definitely more cost effective to maintain your exterior throughout the year plus you get the luxury of always having a clean car.

In order to maintain your vehicle’s finish properly we recommend having your paintwork compounded, polished and protected with paint sealant or silica spray at least once a year with regular maintenance. Our ceramic coating offerings are recommended every few years with regular maintenance.

It’s also very important to keep the interior of your vehicle clean all year.  The contaminants from the road can easily get inside and stain your carpets, seats and upholstery. The interior of your vehicle can also create health issues from microorganisms and surface contamination.

Over time food particles, dust mites, fungus and bacteria will grow inside your vehicle causing you and your family to get sick. We have had some mini vans in our shop that actually contained the bacteria level of an entire daycare center. Just like your vehicle’s exterior. It’s all about maintenance. Check out our video on our PurTeq bacteria & odor removal system page. 

Our vehicle has never been professionally detailed and we are selling it. Can you make it look new again?

We hear this quite often. While having your vehicle detailed just once in its life time right before you sell it will help it’s first impression on a potential buyer, most likely by this time your vehicle has deteriorated, interior soiled, exterior paint oxidized, and the clear coat damaged.

We can however remove some of the stains inside and polish out most of the oxidation on the exterior paint, but unfortunately your vehicle will never look as nice as if it had received detailing and maintenance in the past. This means you’ll probably get much less than you’re asking for. If the clear coat is damaged or peeling off then the vehicle would have to be repainted. A high quality paint job can cost several thousand dollars as oppose to a few hundred a year to properly maintain your vehicles factory finish.

Not only does having your vehicle detailed hold its value throughout its lifetime, but it also provides a more enjoyable driving experience. A clean vehicle can portray self confidence and a high level of professionalism. It is simply one of the most important maintenance services for your vehicle.

What is the difference between our Professional Auto Detailing Services and a $200.00 service other shops offer? 

Unfortunately, the auto detailing industry is currently unregulated, which means there are no federal standards, licenses, or laws that govern the industry. While low startup costs and lack of regulations create a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to start a business, it also allows just about anybody to purchase a wash bucket, hose, some tools, supplies, and label themselves a “detailer”.

With the detailing industry going through rapid growth, many people see the opportunity for high profit and start a business with little to no formal education or training. The reason they are able to operate and become successful usually comes to one thing, the general public is not aware of the true technical skill and knowledge that is required to become of master of this trade.

Auto Salon at Leschi spends an extraordinary amount of time on each vehicle that comes through our shop from our inspection process to quality control, training our technicians and pursuing the most top of the line products from around the world.

The rates at which Auto Salon at Leschi and other high quality shops charge are comparable, but the lower price tag found elsewhere translates to less time spent on your vehicle, generic cost-effective products being used, lack of quality control or vehicle inspection and typically not standing behind their work. The end result is a non-professional, standard service most people could do themselves at home in their own garage.

If a shop only charges a couple hundred dollars to detail a car, it’s probably going to be a same day service and they are most likely taking a few short cuts and are not cleaning every square inch of the vehicle. In a business that literally focuses on the details, this is unacceptable and certainly not up to the Auto Salon at Leschi standard and as they say you get what you pay for.

Here at ASL we do not just clean on the top of surfaces, but underneath them removing front and rear seats (if needed), center consoles, cup holders, carpets, license plates, spare tires, rear compartments, plastic engine covers and cowlings. We serve a niche market detailing only a few cars per day cleaning areas in your vehicle that you would never think to clean and that your average express services tend to overlook. The owner is an x Boeing worker and incorporates his quality control experience into his detail shop. If there is a spill, bad smell, rodent’s nest, mold, mildew, wet insulation, water damage or anything out the ordinary hidden deep inside your interior we fill find it and fix the problem the first time.

Our interior reconditioning services go far beyond clean with our PurTeq bacteria & odor removal protection system coating for contact surfaces such as door handles, steering wheels, gear knobs, radio knobs, etc. As oppose to outdated ozone machines that only provide odor removal and have fallen to the wayside over the past several years. Purteq is an anti-bacterial treatment and odor removal system. It’s the most effective all natural in-car treatment available on the market today.

When you bring your car to us for service you’re not only getting it detailed aesthetically but disinfected as well. We pride ourselves on using mostly steam and less cleaners or chemicals to recondition your interior. Our shampoo’s and all-purpose cleaners that are used are highly diluted with water as well. This is to insure no after smell or strong odors. Our finished product smells clean, crisp and fresh.

Our business is structured to restore your vehicle to original condition aesthetically or as close to as possible then our maintenance services are offered to keep your car looking pristine throughout the year. We are unique in that we cater to those who use their vehicle for transportation and those who are avid auto enthusiasts. No matter what you drive when you pick up your vehicle from our shop you will feel like you just left the showroom floor. Guaranteed! Auto Salon at Leschi offers a full array of interior, exterior and full automotive reconditioning services.

We recommend stopping by our shop for an estimate before committing to a service appointment. Free estimates are offered by appointment Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Your also welcome and encouraged to call us so we can provide you more information about our service offerings, pricing and availability in more detail. This can often save both parties a considerable amount of time. We always provide a stellar service and try to meet your budget at the same time. You can be assured that you will always get what you pay for when you bring your car here to ASL.

My vehicle is new. Does it need to be detailed?

We frequently receive phone calls from customers who have recently purchased a new vehicle. When asked what detail service they would like, they often reply “well, it’s a brand new car so it doesn’t need much”. Unfortunately that statement often proves to be a bit off base.

Just because your vehicle is new doesn’t necessarily mean the paint finish is flawless. Often times when a vehicle leaves the factory there are many paint imperfections that are missed by quality control personnel. Some of these imperfections are dirt specks, run lines, wet sanding marks, pig tails from a D/A sander, and hologramming from improper polishing techniques.

If the vehicle is shipped from out of state or travels by train it can be subject to many contaminants along the way with no protection. Then when it arrives at the car dealership many times the vehicle is washed improperly by inexperienced lot attendants causing scratches and swirl marks. Ideally before you take delivery ask them not to wash your vehicle.

Here is how our New Car Detailing service works. Just schedule an appointment for an exterior wash. First we will gently wash your vehicle, then we will put it under our lights and start our quality control inspection.

If we find any paint imperfections we will give you an onsite estimate for our paint correction service. If not then you will be on your way with our maintenance recommendation for your vehicle.

We also offer new car protection services at a fraction of what the dealers charge and the protection products we offer are much higher quality compared to the products used by the dealer. Often times dealerships will offer a “lifetime paint sealant” and say if you purchase this you will never have to wax your car again.

These so called lifetime sealant packages are usually accompanied by warranties, unfortunately most consumers don’t realize that these warranties require you to have the sealant re-applied every six months to a year and prohibit you from polishing or waxing your vehicle.

Because customers rarely, if ever, return to have the sealant re-applied this is easy money for the dealers. We have customers come in our establishment frequently and say “but I purchased a lifetime sealant from the car dealership, why does my paint look so bad?”

This is because they are often left with the false expectation that a “paint protection program” will mitigate paint damage from (scratches, swirls, bird droppings, tree sap, acid rain and washing your car abrasively using a (brush or automatic car wash tunnels) in some way and this is simply not true.

This idea of a paint sealant or coating that will protect your vehicles paintwork forever is a great one and we wish it were true, but unfortunately there is no such product on the market.

However there are paint sealants and silica sprays that can last several months and ceramic coatings that can last years with regular maintenance. We can help you decide witch paint protection product is best for your car when you inquire.

We know your proud of your new car. Protect your investment with our coatings for your paint, glass, wheels and fabric tops.

What is the difference between carnauba waxes, synthetic polymer paint sealants, silica ceramic spray and ceramic coatings?

Carnauba wax is produced by the Brazilian tree of life. This wax is preferred by car collectors and concours enthusiasts because of its rich, warm glow. It transforms the paint into a deep, liquid pool that shimmers under changing light conditions. A carnauba based wax will protect your vehicle from UV rays, heat, moisture, oxidation and environmental contamination. An application of carnauba wax usually lasts a few weeks. If your paintwork is corrected first expect even more durability. However traditional paste waxes have gone to the way side over the past few years making room for more advanced paint protection products.

Synthetic polymer paint sealants are kind of the anti-carnauba. They are more durable, easy to apply and there is nothing natural about them. Synthetic paint sealants are made of polymers, which are composed of tens thousands of synthetic particles that are linked together. When a synthetic polymer sealant bonds to your vehicle’s paint, it forms a rigid shell. They are glossy and slick, but do not have the warmth and depth of a carnauba wax. Synthetic polymer paint sealants are now available in spray form and can last a few months with regular maintenance.

Silica Ceramic Spray is an easy and ready-to-use advanced SiO2-infused coating that creates a super hydrophobic and UV ray protection on all non-absorbent substrates. When used on automotive paint, Silica Ceramic Spray enhances its gloss, repels dirt, and protects treated surfaces from acid rain, salt water, and other environmental aggressors. Silica Ceramic Spray can last up to 6 months with regular maintenance.

Ceramic Coatings were developed using Nanotechnology. These advanced coatings are technically man made ceramic and glass nanoparticles.  They do not just adhere to the vehicles surface, but rather become a part of the surface themselves. These coatings also enhance the appearance of automotive paint on a timescale of years rather than months. Ceramic coatings contain Silicon Dioxid or Si02 ( Quartz) for swirl resistance and gloss enhancement. Tio2 (Titanium) contains ingredients to enhance depth, self cleaning and other nano-scale components that chemically bond to painted surfaces on a molecular level.

This invisible glass-like coating not only provides excellent protection against all environmental contaminants but will make washing and drying your vehicle much easier. Your wash mitt will glide across your paint surface like never before and drying is near effort-less due to the Hydrophobic properties of these coatings. Ceramic Coatings can last up to a few years with regular maintenance.

Please note that carnauba waxes, synthetic polymer paint sealants, silica ceramic spray and ceramic coatings are meant for protection only. In order for these products to be effective your paintwork must be decontaminated and corrected first.

Remember only when your paintwork is polished will it achieve a true shine. Carnauba waxes, synthetic polymer paint sealants, silica ceramic spray, and ceramic coatings will then enhance that shine and protect your corrected paintwork. All of these said protection products require maintenance washes and top coats to stay durable and hydrophobic.


What is a clay bar and how can I tell if my vehicle needs clay bar treatment?

As you drive your vehicle down the road there are many contaminants that attach to your paint surface. You can tell by running your hand across your hood or the lower part of the vehicle behind the front tire. If it feels gritty like sand paper then your vehicle is in need of clay bar treatment.

A clay bar or is a flexible putty like substance used along with a lubricant like soap and water or detail spray to remove microscopic contaminants from your paintwork making it extremely smooth in preparation for compounding, polishing and waxing. Or (paint correction).

Because these contaminants cannot be removed by just washing your vehicle it will never technically be clean until it receives clay bar treatment.

Clay bar treatment is the first step in our paint correction process and is the most effective way to remove road contaminants. Using a clay bar can be somewhat abrasive therefore we always correct your paintwork afterwords.

However we also use a paint decontamination product called Iron X that is very effective and is often used during our wash process for maintenance in between clay bar treatment and paint correction.

This said product makes it possible to decontaminate your paint non abrasively without the use of a clay bar so you don’t need to have your car polished as often. Clay bar treatment and paint correction is recommended once or twice per year while Iron X is recommended once per month depending on how pristine you like your paint to look throughout the year.

Are automatic car washes detrimental to my vehicles paint finish?

All automatic car washes are abrasive and detrimental to your vehicles clear coat or paint finish. Automatic car wash tunnels spray harsh chemicals on your vehicle removing over time any existing paint protection, like carnauba wax, paint sealants or ceramic coatings. Brush-less or not automatic car wash tunnels are also known for scratching, etching, micro-marring and swirling your clear coat or paint finish. We refer to this as car wash haze. Car wash tunnels can also damage exterior parts along with wheels, rubber moldings, license plates, glass and antenna’s.

Unlike an automatic car wash, at Auto Salon at Leschi each and every hand wash or detail service we provide is tailored to suit your vehicles make and model. After our paint correction process we can maintain your vehicle’s paint finish all year round with our unique scratch and swirl free gentle hand wash process. This is the only way to keep a perfect finish.

We would never recommend taking your vehicle through an automatic car wash tunnel. However life does get busy and some customers do use them out of convenience after our paint correction process and that’s ok. They just come back here once per year for us to correct their paint again. Some commit to washing themselves at home or bring it in periodically to obtain our hand wash or maintenance services. It’s really personal preference.

What is a cabin air filter and when should you replace it?

The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late – model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make your breathing unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory problems.

Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer – some say every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, other longer – and how often can depend on how much you drive and where. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you may need to replace the filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust.

Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your HVAC system, such as when you crank up the fan too high you get more noise than results. Another is persistent bad odors. Even if you don’t have these warnings, you should have the filter replaced at least once a year. We offer cabin air filter replacement here and usually replace them during our interior detailing services. FYI some bad odors come from mold, rodent or rat droppings in your ventilation system. We have the products, tools and ability to remove these said odors and cleanse your ventilation system via our interior detailing service, utilizing hot steam and our Purteq bacteria & odor removal system . 

What should I do to prepare my vehicle before I bring it in for service?

Please make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas. If you car is electric please charge it fully before you drop it off and bring the charger with you. We use the heater and air conditioning system of your vehicle to dry the carpets after shampooing them and the engine must be running. We also use this method to run our PurTeq bacteria and odor removal system. This product cleanses your ventilation system from bacteria and the engine must be running as well to be effective. Your vehicle should also be in good operating condition when you drop it off. Please notify us of any imperfections or anything that may be broken or that does not work. If you have a spare tire, luggage rack or luggage container please leave us with the key.

It is recommended to remove all of your personal items from inside your vehicle. This will save us time and it is less unlikely that your items will be lost during our cleaning process. If you do not have time to remove all personal items we understand. In that case we put everything in a storage bin while cleaning your interior then put items back inside your car. However we typically charge more for this as it does take extra time and we are not liable for lost personal items. If you need your toddlers car seats cleaned just leave them in the car. We can remove them but do not re-install because of liability reasons.

Why should I have my engine compartment and door jambs cleaned? 

There are a few reasons why cleaning your engine compartment and door jambs are important. One is for preventative maintenance. Often times your engine compartment, cowling, sunroof and all other door jambs accumulate debris like leaves, pine needles, pollen and dirt causing the drain holes to clog. This makes it more likely that you may experience water intrusion or develop a water leak over time. This is not good as often times the water travels under the carpets getting your insulation wet and will develop mold over time effecting your health. If your insulation gets wet it will never dry by itself and will need to be removed and replaced. Water Damage Restoration services can be costly.

Another very important reason to have your engine compartment cleaned and maintained regularly is the fact that rodents like to live inside your vehicle especially during the cold winter season. Rats and mice have been known to crawl inside your engine compartment from underneath the car and build nests, chew on wire bundles, fan belts, insulation and defecate inside. This may cause a really bad smell coming through your vents when heater or air is turned on. If you notice any of this happening to your car we recommend calling us to schedule an appointment to stop by for vehicle inspection and an estimate.

We will first remove your engine compartment cowling to clean debris. Then clean the entire engine compartment removing any rodents or rodent remnants we may find. Then recondition your interior and run our PurTeq bacteria and odor removal system which will cleanse your ventilation system and interior killing any viruses left behind by said rodent. Your cabin air filter is also changed during this process.

You may also have an oil leak and if your engine is cleaned it will make it easier for your mechanic to find and repair the first time. Engine oil attracts dust that will clog your air filter over time making it hard for your engine to breath. A clean engine is a better running engine.

Engine and door jamb cleaning are typically the first steps in a professional detailer’s process of prepping and washing a car for detailing. We use the proper procedure to make sure your engine is safe while in this cleaning process.  If we were to just wash or detail your car without cleaning the engine compartment or door jambs to us it would defeat the purpose. We consider auto detailing an art form and to us it has a lot to do with aesthetics as well.

After you have your car detailed by us your engine compartment and door jambs should stay clean for up to one year so there is no need to go through this process every time you visit us as our maintenance services include moderate touch up cleaning of these areas.

We just purchased a used car. Should we get it professionally detailed? How will it benefit us? 

Buying a used car can be quite a task. First you need to do a lot of research to find out which car is best for you and your family. Then you need to decide if you’re going to buy from a dealer or private party.

Once you have found the car you like then you must get it inspected by a certified mechanic. Then if every thing checks out you finally make the purchase.

But wait a minute you were so exited about getting a used car (new to you) that you may have not realized it doesn’t really look or smell that great.  It may be that the car has been taking care of mechanically but not aesthetically.

When you buy a used car the germ package comes free. No charge. The remnants of other people using it stay inside the vehicles interior. We know this is quite disturbing but the fact is that the bacteria levels found inside used cars can contain 10 times more germs than a public toilet seat or an entire daycare center.

No worries. We can help. We offer amazing interior reconditioning services that include deep cleaning underneath surfaces with the option of adding our PurTeq bacteria and odor removal system. Your cabin air filter should also be changed at this time.

When you arrive to pick your car up from us the interior will feel like a newer car. Not so used anymore. More importantly it will be disinfected and safe for you and your family to enjoy.  Think of it as a new beginning. Almost like your interior has been purified or cleansed spiritually.

As far as the exterior goes we offer paint correction service which basically means removing light scratches, swirl marks, micro marring and other imperfections in your clear coat (paint) and then protecting with paint sealant, silica spray or a ceramic coating. This process will make the outside of your car look new as well. Just give us a call or stop by to make an appointment. We will take care of the rest.

Do you offer a express car wash service, quick wash & vacuum or partial detailing services? Do I need to make an appointment or can I just drop by? How does your scheduling work? 

We are not a car wash, nor do we offer express services. Rather we are a Full Service Company offering full services for your first time or for a car that is new to us. Then our maintenance are offered ongoing. It’s how our business is structured to operate.

Think of it as joining an auto club or membership. You stop in to see us for a consultation, free onsite inspection, estimate, and we both determine if it’s a good fit. Your entry fee is obtaining one of our full services. Then you’re in. You’re now a member and you have access to our all of maintenance services offerings.

Full Services include #1 Interior Detail (includes exterior wash)  #2 Exterior Detail (includes vacuum & inside glass)  #3 Full Detail. (Both interior & exterior Combined.  #4 Premium Detail (recommended for cars than need more time and attention).

Once you have obtained one of these said full services, then our maintenance services are offered ongoing. Those being #1 Super Wash  #2 Wash & Vacuum  #3 Maintenance Detail  #4 Wash & Paint Sealant.

Our maintenance services are designed to maintain your vehicles appearance from the full service you obtained in the beginning for up to one year or so depending on how often you choose to bring your car in to us. (See our auto detailing services and pricing page for recommended maintenance intervals).

You may also add a partial interior or exterior to our maintenance detail should your vehicle require more time and attention instead of having to obtain a full service again. We will recommend that if needed at your arrival after our vehicle inspection. Maintenance services are also offered if your car is new or only a few months old depending on condition. See our new car detailing service page.

All of our services require scheduling an appointment. Drop off times are either the day before (preferred)  between 9 and 2 pm (this allows us to wash/prep your vehicle for the morning) the alternative would be 9 am the day of your scheduled appointment.

Our full services typically take at least one full day and sit over night for our quality control inspection and for the carpets to dry completely. That being said some vehicles can take a few days to a week depending on condition, size and type of vehicle.

All of our pricing depends on the condition, size and type of your vehicle. If you make an appointment with us when you arrive we inspect your vehicle and give you a final estimate as not all cars are in the same condition or of course you’re welcome and encouraged to stop by beforehand for a free inspection and estimate before you commit to a service appointment.

Free onsite estimates are offered by appointment Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. You’re also welcome and encouraged to call so we can provide you with more information on our service offerings, pricing and availability. This often saves both parties a considerable amount of time.

We also offer free automotive consultations. We can help you decide what your best options are for detailing, auto body refinishing or just about any automotive service. If you’re looking for an automotive service that we do not provide we can refer you to other automotive businesses that we network with.

How do your specialty or add on services work?

We offer specialty services which include paintless dent removal, leather / vinyl repair and glass replacement. These services can be facilitated while your car is here being detailed for your convenience. We do not offer these services by themselves. However if that is all you want then we can refer you to the companies that we subcontract too.

Do you use any chemicals during your detailing process?  On the interior we use a citrus based all purpose cleaner and shampoo. They are both highly diluted with water. This along with using a hot water carpet extractor and a steam machine to ensures zero chemical smell when our interior reconditioning process is complete.

For those who are super sensitive we offer a interior detailing option using steam only. As far as our exterior wash process goes we use mostly high pressure hot water and biodegradable soaps and de-greasers. We pride ourselves on being the most environmentally conscience, Eco-friendly auto detailing service option in Seattle / Bellevue area.


Location and Hours
We’re Located at:
Auto Salon at Leschi
1922 – 23rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

Our hours are:
Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm
Saturday closed
Sunday closed