Auto Detailing Checklist
of Auto Fetish Detail

Welcome to Auto detailing checklist of Auto Fetish Detail. An introduction of what to expect with our mobile car detailing service.

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The Checklist

  • You call to book appointment around your schedule.
  • I show up on time to your place for our detail appointment.
  • I detail your car and put the love back into the relationship between you and your car.
  • You are so amazed with the results of your car it effects every area of your life in a positive way.
  • You go onto win the lottery and have every one of your fantasies fulfilled within the coming year.

O.K., those last two were a dramatization of course...and this car detailing checklist is certainly oversimplified based on all the time and effort I put into my mobile car detailing services.

First Things First

I will start out by telling you that I run things differently than most professional mobile car detailers. As part of my win/win philosophy of business, I have structured my detail service with my customers in mind first. A win/win business model simply means that the more I deliver what you want as a person, the more I get what I want as a business owner.

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One way in which I do this is by teaching my customers that they can maximize their dollar by having their car washed prior to our appointment. This way I can get down to doing what you have paid me for and that is auto detailing, not auto washing. Paying me to do the grunt work of washing simply doesn't make sense to most people.

This would be like paying your house cleaner to pick up all the toys and clothes, before they can even begin to actually clean. I realize that there are those of you out there that expect this type of service, which I certainly can accommodate to. You are the boss and I am in the business of delivering what you want as the customer, but I have found that most people appreciate the opportunity to fully maximize their spending dollar with us.

Just know that I value your money, just like I value my own money. Simply put, if you would like to maximize your dollar with me and my services, have your car washed a day or two prior to our appointment! Nothing fancy required here; just run it through for a basic wash at your local car wash, or have your regular detailer wash it as normal. (Yes, many people have a mobile car wash service and choose us for any actual detailing services.)

Forms of Payment

For first time customers I accept cash only. If this sounds like a bummer to you then you can thank those few individuals and companies that burned it for the rest. Unfortunately in life as is often the case, "The few ruin it for the many". If you are a business owner and are going to use a company check, we can verify this at the start. I have found most people do not have a problem with this policy since ultimately, you as the customer are in the driving seat and can verify my results in the moment before I am paid. I have found that usually the very people that have a problem with certain policies, are the very people that I need to be concerned by as a business owner; one of the ironies of life I guess.

What We need

I put this section in here as another difference with our business model. Since we do not do mobile washing only, we do not carry pressure washers attached to big water tanks. 95% of the time we are working at the homes of our customers where we have access to water and electricity. And in case you are wondering about the use of DI water; we do not use or need it since this is a strategy used my mobile car wash services that allows them the flexibility to let water sit on your car to drip-dry which allows reduced water spotting. As part of the professional detailing process, this is not an issue as we never let your car sit and allow excess water to dry. If you do not know what DI water is, then you needn't even worry about it in the first place. This means we may need to use your water outlet, and definitely means we will be running an extension cord from an electrical outlet. You and your neighbors both will enjoy not listening to a noisy generator while we are performing the magic on your car!

Interiors First

We generally will start by detailing the interior of your car first, depending on if I am working on your car myself or if I have a helper. I will meticulously clean and shampoo everything within your cars interior. This means the appropriate cleaner whether I am cleaning your cars leather, vinyl materials, or cloth and carpeting. All seats get moved forward and backwards to gain full access to underneath. In SUV's and trucks, we lift and fold all additional seating to access all materials underneath. Every cubby hole and compartment is opened and detailed. The only exception is the middle arm rest console that many cars have. If you have not removed personal items prior, then we consider this one area personal space and do not remove personal items in order to clean. As a general rule, we only spot clean headliners as this is usually sufficient for most cars. This includes any of the higher-end cars with either suede or Alcantara headliners.

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  • Shampoo all carpeting and floor mats.
  • Clean and condition all leather.
  • Clean all door panels, cubby holes, vents, dash, steering wheel, and every other area of your cars interior.

Paint Detailing

It is one thing to have a nice car, but entirely different to have a car that truly "pops" to life because of superior paint detailing! The kind of shine on a car that causes your head to turn as it rolls through the intersection in front of you. The kind of paint detailing that leaves your cars finish feeling like waxed glass. So shiny and smooth you will fight to keep your hands off.

This kind of detailing perfection will not be easy to find; fortunately, you have come to the right place, as I have the skills, techniques, and experience to deliver these kinds of results.

The Auto Fetish Difference

If you are the type of person who places a high value on your time, and has a discerning and critical eye for quality, then perhaps we are a good match. Give me a call directly to discuss your specific needs with detailing services for all your cars, boats, RV's, etc.

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  • Giving you what you want.
  • Service in a friendly and professional way.
  • Results delivered consistently; each time, every time.
  • All done in a way that interrupts your life as little as possible.

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What People are Saying

You did an amazing job with our RV. I honestly cannot believe how great it looks. Seriously; it just looks so good!
Thank you!

Eddie L.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Darren took my 9 year old Acura MDX and made it spectacular! I believe his knowledge and attention to "detail" goes above and beyond!
Thank you!

Craig Leitch
Foothill Ranch, CA

I'm somewhat of a car nut. Always have been and I don't mind it a bit. I also thought I had the very best detailer out there but boy did I blow that one. My son insisted I try Darren at Auto Fetish and I succumbed to the pressure and did. I did not realize what perfection looked like until Darren announced my car was completed. The depth of the shine, the attention to detail and the thoroughness of the work were well beyond any past experience. No question Darren really takes his work seriously and the customer reaps an enormous benefit. If you take pride in your wheels, Darren's the man!!
Larry T.
Huntington Beach, CA

Darren - Thank you for an honest quote over the phone, early arrival, and most importantly an outstanding detail job which restored my car back to excellent condition. The paint touch up looks great and my leather seats are super clean and sport a "new" conditioned look. Keep up the good work!
Bill C.
Fullerton, CA

Darren - I just got a call from my mom and she is really, really happy with her car! This is the reason I referred you as you are professional in all you do, so thank you. That car means more to her than her children; you have a customer for life!
Thank you again!

Placentia, CA

Darren - the scratch you fixed on my Mustang Cobra looks really, really good! Unless you are a professional car buyer you would not even notice it. It looks so much better than before; thank you!
Dennis A.
Anaheim Hills, CA

I spent considerable time looking for the right person to detail my 2007 Porsche Cayman-S (Black). I was impressed with the recommendations and accolades Darren received on his website including the samples of cars he had detailed. I was even more delighted after he finished detailing my car. It looked amazing; inside, outside, the wheels, everything. I will be using Darren for my detailing needs and will recommend him to the folks in my Porsche club.
J. Adorante
Irvine, CA

I have been using Darren’s professional detail services, Auto Fetish Detail, for close to 15 years now and continue to do so. Darren has taught me and my staff just what real detailing is. Darren is incredibly meticulous and attentive to details. Whenever I have a customer who demands the best, I tell them to call Darren at Auto Fetish. I can always tell when Darren has detailed a car because the level of quality is like no other! He is not the cheapest guy in town, but you can’t beat the quality!
Ron Erickson
President, Exclusive Motors
Placentia, CA

I have known and used Darren's services for 20+ years. I own Xlnt Tint of Anaheim inc. and see many cars every day. When we have a particular customer that needs top notch service, there is nobody else I would trust but Darren! He is very meticulous, and knowledgeable. If you are in need of someone who will take their time but most importantly bring over 20 years of hands on knowledge, this is the company for you.
Mike Schuch
President, Xlnt Tint
Anaheim, CA

"Wow! Now that is what my car paint is supposed to look like; I can't believe what a difference you made! This is exactly what needed to be done, thank you!"
Mike N.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

"I took a leap of faith by picking someone on the Internet to detail my bosses boat! I wasn't disappointed! Darren was professional, punctual, and very easy to deal with, and best of all, he did a FANTASTIC JOB! I couldn't have been happier. We will definitely be a repeat customer!!"
Maxim Security Systems
Corona, CA

"We have seen the work of other detailers in removing various forms of vinyl car decals and vehicle wraps. Often we have to spend additional hours due to the incomplete removal of old graphics, before we can apply new graphics. Save yourself time and aggravation by calling Darren first and have it done right the first time around; this is the way it should be done!"
Tim Cecil
President, Sign Pros
Brea, CA

"Good job, good service, good follow-up!"
H. Barstow
Anaheim Hills, CA

"I just wanted to let you know that it was a pleasure meeting you on Saturday. You are a true professional and I find it very comforting to know that there are still people out there that take pride in what they do. "
M. Poris
Playa Del Rey, CA

My initial conversation with Darren at Auto Fetish Detail consisted of what his services would provide. Darren did exactly what he described to me and more. Darren detailed parts of the car that never crossed my mind to clean. Darren was promptly at the time, place and date we had agreed upon. Darren’s professional service and meticulous efforts made my car look better than the day I took delivery from the dealer. It was a great experience to deal with Darren and his professional service and work ethics.
Ron Marquez
President, Aquarian Drumheads
Anaheim Hills, CA

"Darren-you have and do continue to produce AMAZING results time and time again, over the last 17 years or so that you have been doing our cars we have never once been disappointed in the least bit. Thank you for always being consistent and reliable!"
Chandler E.
Yorba Linda, CA

"Darren- just wanted to let you know how great my Escalade looks each time you service it. Of course I love the convenience of your services, but what I really love is the quality of work! My husband and I have used other detail services in the past, but none of them spent the time you do on our cars. My husband has a critical eye and has remarked on numerous occasions regarding the quality of your work. With two teenagers and a regular carpool schedule, it is amazing how great the Escalade keeps on looking thanks to you!"
M. Goerlitz
Laguna Beach, CA

"Darren-you treat my cars as though they were yours; thank you!"
Tanya B.
Yorba Linda, CA

"Detail day is my favorite day of the month-I just love the way you make my cars look Darren!"
Theresa D.
Newport Coast, CA

I have generally used other mobile detail services in the past and continue to do so for what I call a normal detail job. But I met Darren through Exclusive Motors as we share the same building. My wife uses the Suburban to run our 3 kids around and it gets very dirty in the process. The carpeting and seating was extremely bad and I thought I was going to have to replace both the carpeting and seating. I told Darren the other detailers in the past were not able to get the carpet and leather very clean. I was floored when I saw the results Darren was able to get! I tell people all the time that I have never paid so much for a detail, but that I have never had such an amazing job either! I send Darren to all my customers who simply demand the best, as Darren is the best!
Craig Haller
President, Exclusive SUV
Placentia, CA

"Darren-your service makes this one area of my life stress free; you do what you say and do so consistently!"
Mike B.
Anaheim Hills, CA

"Darren- whether I send you to my
house or business, I know I can trust
you to take care of business-
thank you!"

David K.
San Clemente, CA

"I swear my Ferrari has never look better; you do amazing work!"
Brian S.
Corona Del Mar, CA

"I wish I could afford you
every week; the cars look so good
when you have done them!"

Griffin W.
Placentia, CA

"My house cleaners don't do
as good a job as you Darren-
will you teach them what clean really is."

Maurice O.
Anaheim Hills, CA

My Mustang has never looked better; you did a fabulous job!
My daughter noticed how much time you spent detailing the Mustang today (something she normally would never be aware of) and asked how much it costs, I told her it is expensive and said I use Darren because he is the best detailer I have ever used.
Darren you do exactly what you say you are going to do, and do so every time!
I use you Darren because you conduct business exactly as I do!
Thanks again! "

D. Reilly
President - CSBA
Orange, CA

"Thank you Darren....
you saved me a "bucket" of money by removing and not replacing
those deteriorated side moldings on my 2005 Chevy truck
and my truck looks new again!"

Steve G.
Anaheim, CA

Darren- I just wanted to call and let you know what a terrific job you did on my motorhome. I really appreciate the effort you put into all the many details of the job! It looks better than the day I picked it up brand new!
J.R. Maurer
Vice Chairman, Thompson National Properties, LLC
Irvine, CA

"I asked Darren to detail my boat like it was his own, and he definitely did! Fantastic job Darren, the boat looks great! I would recommend you to anyone! Thanks for the fast and great service."
Yale Smith
President-Maxim Security Systems
Corona, CA

"The Teton looks fabulous. Thanks for being so responsive and for the great job! Looking forward to seeing you when it's detail time on the cars."
D. Dukes
CEO-Simon Foundation for Education and Housing
Newport Beach, CA

Darren - Thanks again for the beautiful detailing... we appreciate your service
V. Minamyer
Irvine, CA

I used Darren to take off a vehicle wrap on a Ford Econoline van of ours. Darren showed up on time and did a great job removing not only the decals but all the residue that was left from the glue. If you need a vehicle wrap taken off, give Darren a call.
Jake Duehring
Marketing/Product Development
Felt Bicycles
Irvine, CA