Especially in car detailing, there are many variables a Detailer must consider, such as the condition of the car, weather conditions and etc, all of which can heavily dictate the number of hours needed to complete the job. Preparation and time management aren’t skills applicable just to the car wash and the Sydney Car Detailing industry and can be transferable to any work conditions out there.
See how some of our Detailers manage risk with a few clever strategies:
- Volume Purchasing
- Product Range
- Doubling Up
- High End Vs Low End
- Vehicle Set-Up
We openly communicate with our Detailers and inform them of any upcoming sales that we come across online. For example, some automotive stores hold sales and promotions every now and then that we’d like our Detailers to take advantage of. Additionally, buying in bulk and in commercial quantities offers more economical pricing on their supplies. Some of the benefits of volume purchasing include:
- They get a better price with the savings/discount.
- They get to stock up.
- In having enough ongoing stock, our Detailers do not have to worry about making multiple trips to the auto store, which of course takes time out of their day. A big time saver for those moments when they run out of product on-site.
Being equipped with a wide range of supplies offers the Detailer alternatives and at times better solutions to completing the job. For example, having multiple cutting pads, polishes, cutting compounds will allow them to tackle many degrees of paint conditions when it comes to buffing and paint correction. If you were equipped with just a light polish, then buffing heavy scratches will be very difficult and if not take you days for the whole car. That’s why it is crucial to be prepared with a wide range of goods.
Our Detailers tend to keep spares on them in the vehicle, always plan for stuff-ups and remember accidents always happen. From broken brushes and dirty microfiber towels to ripped polishing pads, always keep a second set. You don’t want to waste time traveling out to pick up another set or use the second-best tool (much like the above light polish vs heavy polish).
High-End vs Low End
Not all expensive products guarantee a premium result, so it’s always best to do your own research when it comes to sourcing your products and materials. Although, premium products such as a vacuum cleaner, will offer stronger suction power and may come with a larger range of head attachments to tackle hard to reach areas. Furthermore, a pressure washer with enough PSI is a big help when it comes to washing the vehicle, especially heavily contaminated wheels. Invest in premium equipment is one way our Detailers are able to reduce the time spent on each vehicle.
First, you don’t need a large vehicle to do car detailing as even a small hatchback will be enough. Second, preparation is key and most often overlooked. Preparation time used to set up your equipment, find products, unwind cords, store and use can create such inefficiencies. So, organising your vehicle in a way that allows you to access what you need is crucial, you also want to keep a nice and tidy set up so that for next time, you are all set and ready to go. You don’t want to be wasting time looking for things and tripping over products due to misplacement. Set yourself a process and system and stick to it.