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Navigating the Flood of Automated Neighborhood Car Washes

by carbeautiful

In recent years, automated machine car washes have proliferated, seemingly popping up on every corner like modern-day watering holes for vehicles. Their presence is undeniable, lining highways, nestled in suburban neighborhoods, and occupying the parking lots of gas stations. Yet, amidst their ubiquity, a pressing question lingers: are they truly effective, or merely a superficial gesture that leaves car owners feeling productive but ultimately dissatisfied? 

Here are three reasons why these automated car washes are not the best option. 

1.Surface-Level Clean

They will make your car look good… from a distance. Automated car washes typically focus on quickly blasting away surface dirt and grime. However, they may struggle to remove stubborn contaminants or reach into crevices where dirt accumulates, resulting in a less thorough clean compared to hand washing.

2. Abundance Doesn't Equal Quality

Despite the allure of free vacuums and flashy facilities, having an automated car wash on every corner doesn’t guarantee superior cleaning. Often, these establishments prioritize speed over thoroughness, aiming to get you in and out as quickly as possible, potentially sacrificing the meticulous care your vehicle deserves. If your car is very dirty and in need of a thorough clean, you’ll likely find yourself needing to run it through the car wash twice for a decent result. 

3. Lack of Personalization

Automated car washes follow a standardized cleaning process, which may not cater to the specific needs of your vehicle. They can’t adjust their methods based on factors like paint type, condition, or any custom modifications your car may have, resulting in a one-size-fits-all approach that may not yield optimal results.

As the sight of a meticulously detailed car in the driveway becomes increasingly rare, the convenience of neighborhood automated car washes may seem tempting. However, at Car Beautiful, we defy the norm. We bring the detailing experience directly to your doorstep, eschewing the quick fixes of automated washes for a meticulous, showroom-quality clean. Our dedication goes beyond surface-level shine, ensuring every nook and cranny is attended to, leaving your vehicle truly refreshed and rejuvenated. With Car Beautiful, it’s not just about cleaning—it’s about bringing out the best in your car, inside and out.

Click below to schedule service, our team is standing by ready to assist you. 

Three Reasons Austinites will love Mobile Detailing.

by carbeautiful

Austin,Texas is a hustling bustling city that is quickly growing and becoming more and more fast
paced. In response to this dynamic environment, Car Beautiful is aligning with the city’s growth
delivering convenience through the finest mobile car detailing service in Central Texas. Here are
three compelling reasons why Car Beautiful will make you never want to wash your car yourself
or use that neighborhood car wash.

  1. You Save Time

Car Beautiful saves you precious time, but it also ensures your car receives a thorough clean
without any hassle because we come to you! Even those “fast wash” options at local carwashes
eat into your day when you factor in the commute and you don’t have to worry about fitting
another errand into your busy day or dealing with unexpected delays that come with it. With Car
Beautiful, stress is minimized as we dedicate time to ensure your car looks perfect while you
manage other tasks.

2. A Personalized Car Detail Experience

At Car Beautiful, each service is selected and tailored to meet your specific preferences and
your car’s unique needs. Every day, we take specific preparations and go the extra mile to
customize our approach to each individual’s car, ensuring that every aspect of the job aligns
perfectly with the owner’s expectations, resulting in a truly personalized experience. With every
detail, we aim to learn and improve, delivering consistently exceptional results for your vehicle.

3. Experience that Shines!

Car Beautiful is the sister company to the mobile boat detailer, Boat Beautiful. We leveraged the insights gained from Boat Beautiful to seamlessly transition our expertise into the mobile car detailing industry, mastering its processes, products, and logistics. With experience spanning a wide array of vehicles, from vintage 60s muscle cars to the latest Teslas, we have probably had a past experience detailing your make and model of car. Having detailed hundreds of cars, our technicians have the expertise to outshine the competition and leave your vehicle looking its absolute best.

As Austin continues to evolve, so should the way we care for the vehicles that navigate this
vibrant city. With Car Beautiful, not only do we offer convenience and quality, but we also adapt
to the changing needs of Austin residents. We can ensure your vehicle will receive the attention it
deserves. We look forward to detailing your car without you lifting a finger.

Click Below to Schedule Service!

Motorcycle DIY Detailing

by carbeautiful

Even though we are more than happy to detail your motorcycle for you here are some tricks of the trade. Maintaining your motorcycles luster and shine after a detailing can be tricky. Learning the upkeep on your motorcycle will keep it looking like the pros detail it every weekend.

Before you start make sure you are in a comfortable shady location and the engine is completely cooled down. First, remove the seat and leather saddlebags. Then cover the battery with plastic sheeting and seal off the exhaust pipe(s).

Next, you will want to do a preliminary wash to remove and surface level dirt or grime. After the preliminary wash use a microfiber towel and your preferred car washing soap and start scrubbing. You want to pay close attention to all the nooks and crannies making sure to get into any hard to reach surfaces. Areas with set-in grease may not come out so easily with car washing soap. For these areas you will need to use a special de-greasing cleaning agent. Once you have the bike fully scrubbed down make sure to hand towel dry right away to prevent any hard water spots from appearing.

Then you will want to work on your tires, dash, and windshield. These areas will need a little extra TLC. While working on the tires we suggest you use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to get all the hard to reach places removing any dirt, grime, or build-up in and around the wheels. After that we suggest using a gentle leather cleaner and conditioner on your dash, then polish immediately after that. You will want to take a little extra care on the windshield, but over all same technique. Clean, rinse, polish, and immediately dry your windshield for a beautiful transparent view.

This is your best bet for maintaining your motorcycle’s detail in-between getting it professionally done. When it’s time to bring it to a pro, give us a call. (512)924-4545.

Why wax?

by carbeautiful

Cars are very needy creatures. They need consistent maintenance, gas, oil, tires, the list goes on and on. But one thing many car-owners neglect is their exterior wax.

Car wax provides an essential protective layer on the paint of your car. It shields the soft paint from bird poop, calcified rain, tree sap and sun damage.

Carnuba car wax is typically derived from a palm leaf, and is a naturally occurring substance that is used to provide a protective layer and sleek finish to an automobile. However there are other options that my fit your needs better than traditional Carnuba.

We suggest using a polymer sealant on your car after a detail. It’s a synthetic wax that typically lasts a little longer than your Carnuba alternatives. This needs to be reapplied with a detail every three months to maintain protection.

We offer mobile service all over town and can take care of this for you! Give us a call!

Happy 4th of July!

by carbeautiful

The 4th of July means hotdogs, fireworks and most importantly time at the lake! This week we kept busy getting everyone’s toys ready to party this weekend.

We had an amazing black-sparkle Centurion come in for a full exterior detail and ceramic coating, a gorgeous Malibu 22LSV do a full exterior detail and ceramic coating, tower and window coating and a unique McLaren sports car do a detail and 5-year coating as well!

Our shop was hustle and bustle all week long but we managed to get everything done by the deadline so our staff can enjoy our 4th on the lake with our clients!

Take a look at these works of art. We had so much fun working on them this week. Next week is going to be even busier!

A week of sports cars!

by carbeautiful

This week we had some GORGEOUS sports cars come through our doors! New or old, it doesn’t really matter, the care taken during their time here is the same.

These cars were both in pretty good shape, but needing a full detail and single stage polish. We also ceramic coated them!

Sometimes we use our cars so much that they become a tool to us rather than a toy, it’s important to remember the joy and the rush of seeing that gorgeous car for the first time and care for them as such!

Interior detail, why bother?

by carbeautiful

Many people are under the impression that detailing is mainly an exterior game. Polishing, paint correction, clay bars, they’re all big tickets that happen on the exterior of cars. But your interior is where you actually ride. It’s where your friends and kids and dates sit, and it deserves as much TLC as your exterior!

For our interior details we do every nook and cranny. We’ll detail your cup holders, dashboard, console, steering wheel and every crack in between. We’ll also vacuum or steam clean your carpets and upholstery (depends on the package you choose) and condition your leather, for the most luxurious ride in town.

What’s the difference between washes?

by carbeautiful

You may not realize, but there are different ways to wash a car. Going through the drive-thru wash at HEB has way different results than a professional hand wash.

When you use a car wash that has harsh brushes going at an automated rate, with no concern for car type or your paint, you run the risk of putting swirls and micro-scratches on your clear coat. These may not show up in the shade, but trust us, when you’re driving down the highway on a sunny day, they’re super visible.

The best way to protect your car while washing is to hand wash with a soft towel, we use microfiber cloths. This prevents the brush bristles from damaging anything on the exterior of your car.

If you absolutely have to run it through a car wash, we recommend a touch-less. This way there are no brushes or bristles to worry about. Our favorite is the Rudy’s BBQ touch-less car wash. They’re all over the place, work super well and don’t hurt your paint at all!

What to do about Water Spots

by carbeautiful

We’ve all been there. A heavy rainstorm comes through and your freshly washed car is covered in little water spots.

The water in Central Texas has some of the hardest calcium around. That makes those awful spots more prevalent, and more sticky.

If you just leave them there, they can turn into “hard” water spots, where the calcium actually eats away at the paint on your car’s exterior and can cause serious damage that can cost thousands to fix.

So, after you notice she’s looking a little worse for the wear you decide to wash her and wipe her down. But what do you use to wipe her down?

We’ve formulated a Ceramic Infused Water Spot Remover to solve this problem. The formula is designed to eat away at water spots without hurting your paint in any way, and the extra layer of Ceramic Coating acts as a protective layer for you as well.

Try yours here and let us know what you think!

Lets Go for a Drive

What happened to the days of driving being the main activity? Not just a way to get where you’re going? Central Texas has some of the most beautiful open road you can get. Let’s bring that back!

No matter what type of car you have, brand new or vintage, as long as she can play some tunes and drive, that’s your date night right there.

Roll down the windows, play some Willie Nelson and be thankful that you live in the sunset capital of the world because these days there’s nothing better than an open road and a friend to share it.

But before you hit that gorgeous road, ask yourself, “Is my car presentable?” If the answer isn’t yes, let us help you get her back to looking beautiful. Whether it’s a little dog hair in the back or a full paint correction that needs to be taken care of, we can help you get back on the road looking great.

Give us a call, (512) 924-4545.

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