Best Practices for Used Vehicle Preparation After Auto Detailing Training

Used cars will likely always be in demand. Most Canadians have limited disposable income and prefer to save on their car bills, but of course, this doesn’t mean that they are willing to compromise on reliability and quality. As a future auto detailer, preparing used vehicles for sale will be an important part of your to-do list. Keep reading to learn about some best practices that will help you maximize profitability throughout your auto detailing career!

Always Start With a Thorough Inspection

With any auto detailing services you provide, the first step after putting on the appropriate personal protective equipment should be a thorough inspection. Even minor damage to a vehicle’s body, paint job, or mechanical parts can adversely affect its value. Before you get started with your restoration, you’ll want to ensure that you’re fully aware of the services you’ll need to perform in order to have the vehicle looking and operating like new. 

During your inspection, be sure to examine the exterior for scratches, rust, and other damage to the paint. Check tire pressure, the windshield, and wheel alignment. Don’t neglect the interior of the vehicle, and make sure you check for damage to seat upholstery, make sure the lights are working, and test any electronics like the radio or navigation systems.

Inspecting the vehicles first is a great habit to build after your auto detailing training.

Always Aim For a Fast Turnaround After Auto Detailing Training

In addition to being thorough, your efficiency will help you maximize your workplace profitability after auto detailing training. Long turnarounds can often be attributed to fault isolation methods. Many technicians and detailers use a series of trial and error experiments to determine any problems with a vehicle–but this can keep cars in the shop much longer and reduce the capacity for new business. Try to establish a systematic process for examining a used vehicle and identify any defects through a checklist. That way, you can finish working on a vehicle quickly without sacrificing the quality of your service. 

Replace All Fluids and Filters 

When preparing a used vehicle for sale after automotive school, you’ll want to ensure that the car is in excellent working order, in addition to looking polished and clean. Vehicle fluids like coolant, windshield washer fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid all play a vital role in almost all vehicle functions. Filling up on these fluids will help to ensure that a car is ready to drive upon purchase.

Top up fluids when you prepare used cars after automotive school.

Filters in a car are meant to catch impurities in the air or oil. With time, however, they become less effective and can begin to affect the operation of a vehicle. Make sure to change out these filters as part of your prep process to keep the car running as it should. 

Wondering what other best practices you should apply when restoring used vehicles? Our Auto Detailing training course at ATC Cambridge will teach you about the restoration of used vehicles and preparing vehicles for showrooms, along with the essential tools and techniques for professional auto detailing. 

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