The Hidden Perks Of Having Your Car Detailed

The Hidden Perks Of Having Your Car Detailed

Owning a car comes with its fair share of responsibilities. It’s not unlike having a house in the sense that you need to take utmost care of your car if you want it to remain in excellent condition. It needs to be tuned up regularly. It needs to be cleaned regularly. And it needs to be detailed regularly. Some of you might wonder what the difference is between cleaning a car and detailing a car. The truth is, they’re not different at all when you consider immediate results. But over time, when the trim, rubber, plastic, and the paint of your vehicles begin to reflect damages associated with age and mileage, auto detailing is the key to making your prized four-wheeled steeds look good as new.

The obvious benefit of auto detailing is that every corner of your car is cleaned. While that’s true, there’s more to it than just washing the body and vacuuming the interior. Much more. Auto detailing requires a lot of skill, handwork, and a specific understanding of what a specific car needs at a specific point in its life. That’s why there are pro Toronto auto detailers such as ourselves whose jobs are grounded on understanding the nuances on how to bring the sparkle back to a dirty exterior or how to make an interior look good as new. Auto detailing involves a meticulous process of cleaning and restoration with the objective of restoring a car to look as close to brand new as possible. 

For instance, look at this Porsche 930 from 1984 that we detailed a while back. These are the before photos:

It still looks good but if you’ll look more carefully, it just doesn’t have that same lustre as a fresh-out-of-a-showroom car has. Now look at the “after” photos: 

With paint correction and a long-lasting glass coating, auto detailing brings back that brand new look that exacting car owners crave. 

Simple car washes can clean a car, but not to the extent of what auto detailing is capable of for the simple reason that the latter tackles hard-to-reach areas. It’s no secret that when you have your car detailed, you’re immediately given a laundry list of items that needs to be done to your car. It can range from something as big as dent repairs or something like odor elimination. There’s no discrimination when it comes to auto detailing because every cosmetic item that needs to be worked on in your car will be worked on until they look shiny, shimmering, and splendid.

And those stains? Car washing doesn’t make them go away; they stay there as a reminder that no amount of washes can accomplish what a simple auto detailing does. Your car will only look and smell as close as they’ve ever been to being showroom-quality if you have it detailed.

And yes, if you do somehow find yourself compelled for whatever reason to sell your car, it’s incumbent upon you to have your car detailed to ensure that its resale value remains high. Second-hand car buyers are less likely to buy a car that smells like the inside of an unwashed sock than a car that smells like a meadow on a nice spring day. Just the same, nobody’s going to buy a car with as many dents and pimples as a teenage boy exploding into puberty. If you want your car to sell quickly on the second-hand market at a price of your liking, have it detailed. Seeing your car back in tip-top condition, the buyer will appreciate the fact that you took great care of your car when it was in your possession.

Everything you need to know about Tesla Destination Charging

Everything you need to know about Tesla Destination Charging

From the people who gave you home-charging and super-charging for electric driving, comes Tesla’s newest contribution to this transport innovation, destination charging.

With more motorists leaning towards this mode of travel, the electric-car maker has expanded its network of charging sites, teaming up with private establishments in rendering this exclusive amenity.

Gone are the days when electric car owners had to find a Supercharger station, which is located along major roads; such motorists will soon have the convenience of being able to charge in nearby commercial spots.

The impending arrival of the Tesla Model 3 should only accelerate the rate of adoption for electric cars. The reasons is that the Model 3, which is currently available for reservation, is Tesla’s most affordable car to date. It’s only $35,000 US—a far cry from the exorbitant prices of other electric cars. In spite of the relatively affordable price tag though, the Model 3 boasts astounding range (215 miles of range per full charge) and has received only praises for its performance, safety and spaciousness. With the availability of such an economical electric car and the continued rise of destination charging partners, the future is truly bright for Tesla and everyone interested in electric motoring.    

But what is this destination charging, really? While majority of car enthusiasts know about Superchargers, Destination Charging is fairly a newer thing. How does it differ from the prior home chargers and Superchargers? Does this signal the looming end of gasoline vehicles? We answer these in our entry here. 

Here are the frequently asked questions about this newly introduced feature of electric driving:

Since you’re talking about destination, where exactly are these?

Listed on Tesla’s website as Charging Partners, charging locations can be found at restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, even at airports and casinos. This time last year, leading investment analysis site, The Motley Fool recorded 429 sites in North America and 473 in the Asia Pacific, with a combined 1,645 connectors. In light of this, we are proud to say that Inception Automotive Detailing is the first auto detailing in North America, and first company in the Automotive category in Canada to be approved as a Destination Charging partner. 

According to Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson, most destination charging locations have two Wall Connectors. The number above is expected to rise with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s declaration in 2015 that said stations will be “virtually everywhere” in the future.

How does it work, basically?

Pull up and plug into a Tesla wall connector to charge while shopping, eating out, or even staying overnight at an inn. It’s that easy.

Available to download in Apple and Android app stores, the Tesla App offers hassle-free checking of your unit’s state of charge and the miles you’ve earned while doing other stuff. The app also enables you to adjust the car’s thermostat before hopping onto it.

How long do I need to charge?

It actually depends on how far you will go and your driving habits. Though not as powerful as Superchargers that ensure 130 miles per hour of charging, the destination charge rate of up to 58 and 29 miles per hour for those equipped with dual and single on-board chargers isn’t half bad, especially when you need to hit the road frequently.

A one-day hotel check-in could be enough preparation for a long drive the morning after, but at the same time don’t expect the same mileage from an hour-long lunch-out.

How much do I need to spend to avail of this burgeoning service?

As The Motley Fool reported, most Charging Partners offer this luxury FOR FREE. That’s right. Charging is offered as a privilege for clients availing the services of the Charging Partner, and is offered at no cost. Think of it as a way for every well-meaning business to further enhance the customer experience. 

A Charging Partner is also most likely viewed as high-tech and innovative. And Tesla doesn’t merely partner with every business. They check a business’ reputation and credibility before giving them the thumbs-up to have the chargers installed. Location is also an important consideration. If a business gets picked, that means it offers a convenient location for travelers that’s easy to find. 

How does it fare against super-charging and home-charging?

It’s actually not “fair” to compare the three options Tesla devised to make charging easy. Home-charging is made for daily driving; super-charging solves long road trips and can replenish half the battery in as little as 20 minutes; while destination charging serves as a location-based travel charger.

What this supplementary mode of charging offers: a handy solution to drivers, who might have forgotten to plug in generously before taking off. The promised ubiquity of these charging stations in the future ensures that Tesla drivers will be able to drive from one side of the country to the other without having to worry about where to get some juice.

What’s next for destination charging and electric driving?

Tesla is planning to introduce to the market lower-cost units in 2017 and increase annual vehicle deliveries to 500,000 per year by 2020. If that indeed pushes through, Wall Connectors will most likely be a requirement to commercial establishments. More cars could mean more than two outlets per charging destination.

Some hotels are also exploring the potential of solar energy as an alternative power source, with the expected higher energy costs.

With Tesla’s ability to expand its network at an unbelievable rate, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more electric cars on the road. Musk believes destination chargers could easily outnumber Superchargers “by a factor of 10” in the long run.

Essential Terms For The New Electric Car Owner

BATTERY – The battery stores energy. Model S can be configured with one of two batteries: 90 kWh or 70 kWh. Kilowatt hour (kWh) is a measure of electrical storage capacity.

CHARGER – The charger is on-board the car and converts AC power from the wall to DC power stored in the battery. Model S can be configured with a Single Charger (10 kW) or Dual Chargers (20 kW).

CHARGE PORT – Flip open the hidden panel in the taillight to plug in your Connector.

MOBILE CONNECTOR – The Mobile Connector is included with every Model S and allows you to charge almost anywhere (29 miles of range per hour of charge).

WALL CONNECTOR – The Wall Connector is the fastest home charging solution when paired with Dual Chargers (29 miles of range per hour of charge).

10 Tips for a Longer Lasting Car

10 Tips for a Longer Lasting Car

One consideration aside from unbelievable prices when purchasing a car is the necessary maintenance, which also requires additional dough. It really isn’t enough to have the down payment at hand, especially with all these outside financial factors.

Whether you're the type that gets a new car every two years or someone who sticks with his ride for a longer time, getting the most of our present ride is always important. We always push our automobiles to the limit. Still, it's a priority of many to extend the life of cars the right way.

How? Here are 10 foolproof ways:

1. Deal with issues early, no matter how major or minor, to avoid heftier repair costs.

An unusual sight (missing screw), sound, or even smell (burning rubber) usually indicates something is wrong with your unit and ignoring it may haunt you one of these days. Instead of just having to fix or replace a part, you may have to address a whole faulty section.

2. Adopt good driving habits. What sounds too much of a hassle at first can actually reduce wear and tear.

Always start off steady before carefully picking up steam—abrupt accelerations and quick halts are unconsciously detrimental to your unit. A smart driver doesn’t even need a car when buying something from a nearby store or doing the simplest of errands.

3. The inside of the car—which is the most exposed to human pollution (food, dirt, grime)—deserves much attention and regular cleaning.

There’s so much more to interior maintenance than just vacuuming the carpet—purchase of all-weather floor mats, application of upholstery/leather protectant, and other conditional measures. We prefer a natural and fresher scent of a fully spruced-up car interior rather than an air freshener cover-up.

4. Maintain your vehicles fluids.

Whether it’s brake fluid, coolant, or even oil, keeping them new and clean is crucial to your car’s longevity. Regular oil change could prevent unwanted deposits from building up and harming internal components. At the end of the day, following the recommended service intervals found in your manual is key.

5. Not quite sure why this is still up for discussion, but a flat tire is a bad tire.

As much as it literally slows down your trip, a damaged tire also puts huge stress on suspension. The perceived notion of lower tire pressure for a better ride only wears down the tires and consumes more fuel. While we’re on the subject of wheels, regular cleaning can also bare issues that need to be addressed.

6. Seemingly for aesthetic requirements, shielding your vehicle’s finish pays off—especially if you’re thinking of reselling it in the future.

Waxing your car is as essential as washing it; a couple of generous coats (at least twice a year) guarantee protection from both natural and chemical elements. Also, be mindful of external cargo that can damage your roof surface, in the event that you have to tie down additional load on top. And do we really need to coax you into buying a car cover if a garage is nonexistent?

7. Break in and warm up properly.

Check the manual for its initial maximum speed, and light acceleration is enough for the first 1,000 break-in miles. Be patient in mastering the capabilities of your unit, before you go streaking down the road. Rather than warming up your engine in stagnation, gradually start driving until it reached normal operating temperatures. As they say, haste is waste.

8. Find yourself and your car a trusted mechanic and repair shop.

Someone who has a better eye on these things, a qualified professional who wants nothing but the best for your unit is the greatest investment. Other than you adhering to the scheduled annual checkups, another pair of concerned eyes can also carry out proper preventive maintenance.

9. Use your car, obviously!

Even model units get their much-needed run to keep parts in tiptop shape. Burying your car in a garage defeats the purpose of your purchase; get those wheels rolling and relish ownership. It also doesn’t reduce or slow down depreciation, and might even result to damaged parts for lack of burn time. Think of a runner who hasn’t had a race for a couple of months...

10. Knowledge and awareness is power.

There’s a reason these babies come with an owner’s manual. Almost all the needed information for upkeep is present; all you have to do is immerse yourself in it. You can double check online, where there is a goldmine of tip lists like this, but make sure you head to credible sources. All of this goes back to item No. 1: early detection leads to early resolution, which will save you big bucks and a whole lot of time.

5 Videos That Prove A Little Snow Isn't All That Bad for Car Guys

They say snow and wheels don’t mix. It’s true. But they said that about Coke and Mentos, too — and we had a blast mixing those together.

A big snowstorm hit the U.S. east coast last week, which literally froze everything in its wake. Schools, work, the government, and yes, cars came to a standstill ( as some areas were buried in up to three feet of snow. It was nature at its coldest. And it didn’t care if you were the president of the U.S.A.

Look no further than our post on our Facebok page a week ago where we featured 24-year-old Justin Yelen and his Mitsubishi Lancer. He parked his car near Lake Erie overnight and unwittingly turned it into a veritable “car-sicle”: 

Watch: Buffalo blizzard leaves car completely covered in ice -...

24-year-old Justin Yelen left his 2010 Mitsubishi USA Lancer parked overnight near Lake Erie, NY...only to find that the car had been turned into a four-wheeled #popsicle a day after. (Note to self: Don't leave car parked near a freezing lake.) Check out footage of the frozen car from CBS News.

Posted by Inception Automotive Detailing on Monday, 18 January 2016

But despite the chilling conditions, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Sure, cars can dangerously slip on the road, but smart road users know that this is to be expected. What shouldn’t you expect? These things:

1) Snowboarding in the city.

The authorities advised everyone to stay in until the storm blows over. These guys didn’t get the memo. They busted out their snowboards, and hung on to a rope attached to a snow-ready 4x4, a Jeep Wrangler.

2) Go drifting on a truck.

The 8,000-pound Ford F-450 has the power to haul. It wasn’t built for drifting like an import tuner. But rally champ Tim O’Neil doesn’t care, and attempts to make this big gorilla impersonate a cheetah. 

3) Do snow-nuts on a Porsche.

The Cayenne Turbo S isn’t a gorilla but it sure is quite the beast, too. Allow it to demonstrate that as it does donuts on a snowy landscape. What a beauty.

4) Or why not supersize all this drifting and do it with an RV?

Absolutely the most fun you can have with an RV. Give it enough snow and space, and you can practically drift anything. (We haven’t seen one do it with a tank though.)

5) And just ot prove our statement that you can drift anything, we'll show the spectrum of vehicles that can do it.

On our page, we posted this horse who was, well, horsing around:

Amish buggy doing donuts

Supercars ain't got nothing on this one-horsepower vehicle doing donuts!

Posted by Inception Automotive Detailing on Sunday, 24 January 2016

From an ancient ride, here’s something far more modern: a plane doing donuts: 

Just a little reminder for anyone who might have been inspired by any of these fun snow activities: These are stunts that aren’t always 100% safe, so as the old saying goes, don’t try these at home because even pro drivers can get it wrong sometimes:

Exclusive New Car Preparation - Reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. Porsche Singer 911 (964 Series)

Exclusive New Car Preparation - Reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. Porsche Singer 911 (964 Series)

Restored. Reimagined. Reborn. 

Detailing review of the Singer Porsche 911 964.

I have been detailing vehicles just shy of 10 years and have worked on many vehicles ranging from winter beaters, daily drivers, weekend cars, classic cars and high-end exotic vehicles. I appreciate the efforts made by the manufactures as I have seen about 65 years of progress in the mechanics, technology and design for cars.

I have written a number of detailing write-ups before but this article is probably the one I enjoy the most writing. 

Back in June 2015, I have been contacted by a prospective client at the time who have researched the history of my company, myself and was really impressed in what the person has seen so far and thought to reach out to me. 

After speaking with the owner of the vehicle, I agreed to perform a new vehicle preparation as the owner recently took delivery and only had 160km on the odometer. 

The vehicle that I was tasked to perform the new vehicle preparation package was a 1991 Porsche 911 964 Reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design; dubbed as "The Toronto Car". This is the first Porsche Singer in Canada.

Now, you might be wondering why this vehicle is so special. 

Singer Vehicle Designs specializes in taking a Porsche 964 chassis and completely redesign the vehicle cosmetically and mechanically. It takes approximately 4,000 combined man hours to hand build everything for a cool USD $500,000.

Everything is important in the vehicle. This is the only car where I have seen how much detail there is done with their work in re-engineering the vehicle. 

Moving forward, I arrived at the client's site and behold there's the car. This being the owner's most cherished vehicle in his growing collection, so much was expected from this detail to do it justice, and I'm confident of performing my own brand of detailing magic to get this right. 

Time was rather a constraint because I cared more on getting the work done rather than spending too much time taking pictures and so there are not many pictures available.

I started off with the routine of cleaning the wheels followed by washing and decontaminating the vehicle as seen on "The Process" tab.

Prior to polishing the vehicle, various sections throughout the car had to be taped to prevent the polish going on the specific surfaces.

Once the taping is complete, it was time to inspect the vehicle's paint condition. Working space was rather tight and it was difficult to take pictures of the whole vehicle. 

After I assessed what was required to be done, it was time to start polishing the vehicle. As always, I take workplace safety extremely serious while I am detailing any vehicle. Personal Protective Equipment is worn at all times when working on any vehicle.

After a section of the vehicle is complete, I thoroughly wipe off the polish and inspect the area to ensure there are no imperfections on the paint surface.

Various shots of myself working on the vehicle...

Specifically to this car, I had to perform a two-stage polish. Once the polishing process is complete, the vehicle was ready for paint protection. Prior for the application of the paint coating, I sprayed the whole vehicle with Isopropyl Alcohol to remove any polishing oils that was left. 

Specific to the paint coating, I exclusively use 22PLE after trying out other brands. From my experience, the products offered by 22PLE has the best durability, gloss and ease of use.  As of August 2015, I am the only Canadian installer who is certified to install 22PLE coating on vehicles. 

For this vehicle, I applied the top-of-the-line ZX Mistico Elemento in which it is a pure, 99% silica coating in which you do not have to wax or polish your car for the next 5 years.

Paint Coating Overview and Benefits Explained

Once the coating is applied, the car cannot be driven for at least 12 hours to allow the silica to cure. The full curing time of the coating is 5 days. However, the vehicle can be washed and driven after 12 hours.

Here are the results of the whole detailing. Words and pictures can't describe how amazing the vehicle looks. The vehicle is absolutely STUNNING in person.

If you are reading this, you have made it in the end for the first chapter. In August 2015, I have revisited the vehicle for routine maintenance. I will have another write-up sometime. At the end of the day, no matter how tired I was working on the vehicle, it was all worth seeing the smile of my client when the person saw the car complete. I even had the opportunity to take a picture of myself with the car!