Archived Blog Posts for 2012


Paul Angell, Vice President of Development - Detail King

Paul Angell plays a number of crucial roles here at Detail King, including being a go-to guy for our clients in need of assistance when starting or expanding their auto detailing business. He came to Detail King with excellent references — the most impressive being Nick Vacco, our founder and CEO, who has known Paul for the past three decades.

Here are some more details about this detail-oriented businessman:

Detail King: What is it exactly that you do here at Detail King?

Paul Angell: I assist with the development of the business plans and establishing cost analysis for entrepreneurs as they go through the process of developing their own auto detailing business. In addition I serve a role within Detail King as an adviser to the president of the company relative to financial and product matters. Last but not least, I am responsible for improving and monitoring the materials and teaching for the business portion of Detail King’s Auto Detailing Training Institute.

Detail King: What did you do prior to coming to work for Detail King?

Paul: I am a retired vice president of data processing for a major mutual fund company in the Pittsburgh region. My career covered 40 years in the information technology field. In addition, I have considerable experience in servicing clients, selling and managing personnel and projects.

Detail King: What attracted you to work for Detail King?

Paul: Nick Vacco and I have been friends for at least 30 years. Both of us have a keen interest in classic cars along with sport cars of all makes and models. This interest instills the desire to keep cars ready to show and share with other enthusiasts.

Detail King: Where did you go to college and what did you major in? And how did that prepare you for the job you have today?

Paul: My major was business administration through my undergraduate work at  Continue reading…

We’re closing up shop here at Detail King’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Why wouldn’t we? But we’ll be open for business during working hours Christmas Eve day and New Year’s Eve day – ready to fill your stocking with auto-detailing supplies and equipment.

What we want to do here is take a moment to thank our thousands of vendors, customers and Authorized Detail King Licensees for your business during 2012 and to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2013. One of the things that keeps us going here at Detail King is the knowledge that we’re helping a lot of early-stage entrepreneurs get off on the right foot when it comes to setting up their own independent business.

Whether yours is an auto detailing shop location or you prefer to do business on the go, Detail King is proud to have been able to offer you training, equipment and supplies for your new enterprise this year. And that goes double for our veteran customers and Licensees — the ones who  Continue reading…

Is it worth the expense to invest in a mobile trailer for your auto detailing business? We get asked that a lot. What it really comes down to is this:

  • Are you perfectly content with having all those auto detailing supplies stored in the back of the family car or van?
  • Is moving your auto detailing equipment around when you need to take on passengers becoming a little old?
  • And wouldn’t it be nice to have your generator, air compressor and water tank with pressure washer motor all ready to rock and roll when you arrive at a job?

Mobile Detailing Trailer

If you’re serious about going all out with your mobile auto detailing business, you’ll need the above-mentioned generator, air compressor and water tank all available in the full mobile mode. You’ll also need space for your rotary buffer, pressure washer and air-pressured tools. And don’t forget about all the soaps, cleaners, degreasers, spot removers, shampoos, brushes, shop rags and towels that most likely currently reside in the back of your truck.

The thing is, an enclosed trailer that features at least a 5-foot by 8-foot interior not only has plenty of room to securely store all your auto detailing equipment and supplies, but you can bolt down the bigger equipment, which means you absolutely have your very own mobile auto detailing shop. Think of it as a workroom on wheels.

And at the end of the day, you unhook that trailer in the driveway or carport, brush off your hands and walk away. That means your family vehicle can once again reclaim its status as your main ride — the purpose for which it was intended. An uncluttered ride that doesn’t come with industrial odors or rattling bottles and brushes.

If we’ve persuaded you thus far that an enclosed mobile auto detailing trailer might be the route you want to go, keep in mind that while there is  Continue reading…

If you were to rank various occupations on how important a computer is to the success of that business, we’re pretty sure auto detailing professionals would be near the bottom of the heap, some of them proclaiming, “I work with my hands and I don’t need a damned computer.” So it’s understandable why many auto detailers question if it’s even worth the time and expense to invest in a professional website.

In most cases, this hesitation to be ushered into the 21st century boils down to the fact that some car detailers are just stuck in their ways. Or they don’t want to shell out good money for a computer. And then there’s the expense of hiring some high-priced technology wiz to set up their website.

But here’s the thing: Nearly all the detailers for whom we’ve developed a website (yes, in addition to training professional auto detailers and selling the best professional-grade auto detailing equipment and supplies, we build websites for our Authorized Detail King Licensees) have told us that 50 percent to 80 percent of their new business is generated through that website!

Let’s face it. You can only go out and physically market your auto detailing business so many hours a day. And unless you’re a Marvel action figure, there’s only so much real estate that you can cover in the course of a day. On the other hand, a professionally built and maintained website sells and markets for your auto detailing business 24/7. That means your website is still up and running — being perused by potential patrons — while you’re sleeping, eating, working or even on vacation. Beginning to get the picture?

Some of the other advantages of having a professional website for your auto detailing business include: Continue reading…

New labels for Detail King products, featuring a unique color-coding system

As it should be with all businesses, there comes a time when you have step back and take a studied look at how you’re doing. And to tell you the truth, we do that a lot here at Detail King. In fact it was during one of these internal evaluations that we came to the conclusion we could do a better job of labeling our products.

When you think about it, you — our customers — are already detail oriented. But what we set out to do here is create product labels that are easier to read. Not only that, but labels that are color-coded for quick recognition when you’re grabbing a bottle up in a hurry to finish up a detailing project. As an added benefit, this will really come in handy when training the novice.

Here’s a rundown of the recent changes we’ve made:

A new look to our labels: Our crack creative design team came up with labels that are more recognizable. And, since we stand behind our products 100 percent, we went ahead and added a big type size that practically shouts out the name DETAIL KING.

It comes in colors: Not only do our product labels have a new look and design, but they’re specifically color coordinated to help you more easily recognize what type of product or chemical it is that you’re pulling off the shop shelf or out of the back of your mobile rig. Here’s how we determined how those colors should be represented: Continue reading…