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Le Guide Complet pour se Lancer dans le Detailing : De la Passion à la Réussite

The Complete Guide to Getting Started in Detailing: From Passion to Success

Diving into the world of automotive detailing is more than just an adventure, it's a passion that can turn into a fulfilling career. This blog will guide you through every step, from discovering your passion to building a successful detailing business.

Find your Passion

Find out what excites you about detailing. Embarking on this adventure without having the slightest passion for detail and automotive perfection will not bring you success.

If you experience a feeling of satisfaction when you see before/after transformations, if you like to take care of your personal vehicle, if you are someone who is meticulous, someone who likes to continually learn, there is a good chance that you will succeed in the field of detailing.

Whether it's paint correction, interior restoration, or surface protection, identifying your area of ​​focus is the first step to success. However, you will have to master each of its different facets over time in order to be able to offer a greater variety of services to your customers and potentially generate more income.

On the other hand, it is better not to offer a service until you have mastered it 100%. For example, before offering polishing/paint correction services, make sure you have mastered all the concepts, have all the necessary equipment such as a variety of polishers, compound/polish pads, polishing lamps, etc. Generally new detailers will start with interior and exterior cleanings. You will improve over time and you will generate a little profit with which you can reinvest it in the purchase of equipment, advertising, etc.

At the beginning obviously you will not be equipped and perhaps will not have all the knowledge to charge crazy prices for your services, be consistent with the quality of your work.

Start offering your services to your loved ones, family, friends, acquaintances, work colleagues. Volunteer to start, people will generally leave you a good tip which will compensate for the products used.

Learn and Acquire Skills

At this point you are 200% immersed in detailing, you don't even notice the time passing because it has become such a passion for you. It's not uncommon that some evenings you'll find yourself immersed in YouTube/Tiktok detailing videos for hours and hours, it's completely normal, you've found your passion :)

Now, invest time in your education by taking classes, attending workshops, and learning about the latest detailing techniques and technologies using videos. Strong skills are the key to confidence and success.

Create a Solid Business Plan: Establish a detailed business plan, including your target market, competition, rates for services you wish to offer, and operational costs. A solid plan will serve as a guide throughout your entrepreneurial journey and you will return to it often, it's worth doing it right.

It is at this stage that you will take the time to think about your project. What service will you offer, how will you do it, how will you be different from the competition? How will you seek out customers, who will your customers be?

It is also at this stage that you will make the decision whether you want to be mobile or have your own premises or even both!

The legal/tax side:

If you plan to dive into the adventure for good, you will have to think about creating your own business. Will you save it or incorporate it? These are questions you will need to ask yourself. If you sell for more than $30,000 per year you will have to collect taxes and therefore register for taxes in order to obtain your provincial and federal tax numbers. Call an accounting firm or a lawyer at this stage; they have all the resources to help you start your detailing business.

At this stage you will also need to shop around for your commercial insurance. By offering your services to the general public, you will not be protected from exceptional situations that could arise and having a good commercial insurance policy will let you sleep with peace of mind.

A premises: YES or NO?:

Earlier you determined whether you wanted to start as a mobile detailer or whether you would rather have a storefront. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but in both cases you will have to invest in your installations.

Mobile Detailer:

There are several questions to ask here. Are you only going to do detailing in the summer, or do you want to do it in the winter as well? Will you have access to water directly to your customers? Will you have access to their garage?

So you need to ask yourself if you need a mobile unit that is 100% autonomous and 4 seasons... To have a 100% autonomous and 4 seasons mobile unit you will need a water tank, a generator, water heater, shelves for storage etc.

Evaluate how you want to carry out your operations and you will be able to clearly determine your equipment needs.

You will then be able to better predict which vehicle you will need to get started! Many mobile detailers who are starting out will use a minimum of electricity and water at their client's premises and therefore will not necessarily need a large vehicle to haul their equipment, even a sedan can be suitable for most!

Have your own “shop”:

Having a storefront will obviously offer you several advantages, such as increased visibility, possibility of working 365 days a year, you will no longer have to waste time traveling to your clients, your clients will travel to you. Also, customers will have greater confidence in someone who has a well-established establishment.

On the other hand, obviously renting or buying your premises generates substantial costs which should not be neglected. Depending on the region, rental rates will vary.

You are also limiting yourself to a certain market, so make sure you evaluate it carefully!

The most important point here is to choose a premises with a surface area that corresponds to what you need. Don't start with too big a premises, you will pay a lot of money for nothing.

The location of your premises will also be important, do some research to find out if there are competitors in the area, assess whether it is a market that could be interesting for you.

Finally, a very important point to validate is zoning... Municipalities divide their territories into different zones and you cannot carry out detailing just anywhere. It is therefore very important to confirm with your municipality before renting or buying premises, what uses you have the right to carry out at this address.

Invest in Adapted Tools and Products

Choose quality tools and reputable detailing products. Investing in proper equipment ensures professional results and customer satisfaction. There are excellent brands on the market, but one brand may not be the best at everything, so it's normal to juggle between different manufacturers. The important thing is to do your own tests and find your favorite products.

Now here is a non-exhaustive list of what you will absolutely need to get started in the field:

- Washing mitts

- Microfibers

- Pre-wash soap

- Washing soap

- All-purpose cleaner

- Wheel and tire cleaner

- Foam cannon

- Detailing brushes

- Decontamants

- Paint protections (Waxes and Sealant)

- Interior cleaners

- Washing buckets and bottom grills

- Polishing products and pads


- Washer

- Pressure machine

- Vacuum cleaner

- Air compressor

- Tornador or other blown air equipment (not obligatory to start)

- LIGHTING (it is written in capital letters, because it is extremely important, you have to see clearly when working...)

- Tissue extractor (not obligatory to start)

- Polishers (not obligatory to start)

- Dryers

- Steam engine (not obligatory)

and more...

Establishing an Online Presence

You are now ready, you have your premises or your mobile unit! Now is the time to create a professional website and use social media to promote your business.

You don't need to pay thousands of dollars to build a website, you can now do it all yourself with sites like Shopify or Wix if you put a little effort into it.

Thanks to the web, people will be able to find and those looking for detailing and interior/exterior cleaning services will be able to come across your website or your Google page.

Online presence is essential today you cannot ignore what the Web can offer you.

Take the time to create quality content, take photos and videos of the jobs you will complete over time. It's worth taking an extra 15 minutes to create some content and publish it on different social networks. Often with a contract published on Facebook or Instagram that demonstrates your know-how, you will be able to find another client! It becomes an endless circle and you will no longer run out of work. But for that you have to take the time to publish quality content.

Providing Quality Services

Customer satisfaction is the key to success. Offer high-quality services, be attentive to the needs of your customers, and ensure you exceed their expectations with each intervention. The hardest and most expensive thing in business is developing new customers, so when you have a customer who trusts you, take care of them, because very often they will be a customer for life!

Imagine that this customer comes to see you twice a year for the decontamination and protection of his vehicle. It can represent perhaps $500.00 in sales per year. You want to keep this customer for a long time, because you no longer need to invest in sales and marketing to find a new customer, this customer is acquired and he will come back year after year without investing 1 cent in Google or Facebook advertising. .

So moral of this story, your customers are precious and take care of them.

Manage Daily Operations

Learn how to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of your business, from scheduling appointments to managing inventory. An efficient organization guarantees trouble-free services.

Use computer systems to plan your appointments, these same systems allow you, among other things, to send appointment alerts to your customers and therefore avoid "no shows" which are very costly, because they cause you to lose a day of work.

Make sure you calculate your cost carefully. How much does it cost you in product to do your most standard wash? Add to that your other costs such as your rent, heating, electricity, advertising and you can determine your goals to achieve every day, every week, every month.

If you are alone in your business, make sure to schedule time in your week to carry out marketing campaigns, monitor your finances, etc.

Being alone can be advantageous initially as you don't really have a salary to pay, but what will happen to your business if you get injured? What if you get sick?

So sometimes it may be wise to have one or more employees with you. But obviously that comes with more management, you'll have to keep them busy and you'll have to make sure you stay profitable...

Stay Informed of Trends and Innovations

Stay up to date on the latest detailing trends, technologies and products. The industry is constantly evolving, and staying informed will help you stay competitive.

For example today most workshops will offer a decontamination and sealing service with a "Wet Coat", this service is very popular in the fall and spring. Workshops have realized that in many cases Wet Coats are just as durable if not more durable than most waxes, but they take about 1 hour less to apply...

It is a service that is therefore extremely interesting to offer and you must always be open to trying new technologies. Waxes are not necessarily outdated, but certain technologies are more efficient and meet the needs of 95% of customers, so why spend 1 hour more waxing when you can use this new technology that is present?

One of the best ways to stay informed is to follow different Facebook groups on detailing, to watch the new products from different brands at the SEMA Show, to follow YouTube and Tiktok detailing channels.


Getting into detailing isn't just a professional adventure, it's an exciting journey toward expressing a love for cars. With the right preparation, perseverance, and unwavering passion, your dream of becoming a detailing professional can become a thriving reality. May every polish be a step toward success in the rewarding world of auto detailing.

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