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      12-20-2010, 05:12 PM   #1
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Detailer in Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area

Now that my car is on order I've begun nesting, a series of somewhat irrational behaviors in preparation of the arrival of my new M3.

One item on my list is to find an auto detailer in the greater Seattle area. Since I work in Redmond, one on the Eastside would be most convenient. One of the first things I want to do when my car arrives is to get a coat of wax on it. At least I think that is the right thing to do.

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For the price of one professional detail you could purchase the products and equipment to do it yourself. If you are going to have it done professionally make sure the dealer doesn't touch the paint. If you want some knowledge of how to do it yourself go to autopia.com.
Good luck. Nice color combination - interested in how the interior will look with the wood.
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I am a detail nut and I am yet to find a place around here that does a decent job. People may recommend park place detail....I have seen couple of cars they have done which would of given me a heart attack......nothing but swirl marks on paint....

If you really care about your car, do the detail yourself..... I would love to find a qualified place that can hand wash my car once in a while the right way.....no luck so far....

Things are much more different down in Cali for sure....
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For the price of one professional detail you could purchase the products and equipment to do it yourself. If you are going to have it done professionally make sure the dealer doesn't touch the paint. If you want some knowledge of how to do it yourself go to autopia.com.
Good luck. Nice color combination - interested in how the interior will look with the wood.
Thanks. What would the dealer do to the paint? I'll check out autopia.com. I don't want some hack working on the paint.

I twisted around a bit (okay, a whole lot) over the color combo. I hope the wood and red leather (extended) is not too much.
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majority of dealerships, including bmw, uses machine wash, which is very raw. i'd recommend DIY, you will save so much money and not having to worry about damaging your car.
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I'd like to think I'll do it myself but I'm afraid procrastination might win. I'd like to have the option of using a pro to do the detail work but so far no recommendations of a competent shop. I'd be pissed if someone did a crappy job or, worse, a damaging job.
Are there really no excellent auto detailers in the greater Seattle area? I would think with all the expensive cars I see rolling around that someone out there must be detailing them.
Anyway, I reviewed some of the DYI stuff on youtube. Looks doable as long as you have the required products (and there a lot of choices), time, and patience.
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I dug up these up from other forums as recommended local detailers.
http://www.northwestautosalon.com
http://www.metropolitandetail.com
http://bradleysdetail.com
The first is quite expensive (and highly recommended), the other two less expensive but expensive none the less.
So maybe I'll end up doing it myself. I'm not sure I can justify the cost of a detail every 3 or 4 months. It could get pretty expensive. Or maybe I'll mix it up, have a pro do it once a year and see if I can maintain it the rest of the year.
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I dug up these up from other forums as recommended local detailers.
http://www.northwestautosalon.com
http://www.metropolitandetail.com
http://bradleysdetail.com
The first is quite expensive (and highly recommended), the other two less expensive but expensive none the less.
So maybe I'll end up doing it myself. I'm not sure I can justify the cost of a detail every 3 or 4 months. It could get pretty expensive. Or maybe I'll mix it up, have a pro do it once a year and see if I can maintain it the rest of the year.
That is not a bad idea..... And overall, most websites make it sound like much more complicated than it really is.... Give NW auto salon a try...

According to metropolitan detail all of our cars receive their concourse detail.... which is "This service requires two days and is recommended for vehicles costing more than $100K"

After spending $750 on a detail, I will show up with a sungun and raise hell if i see one swirl on the car
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That is not a bad idea..... And overall, most websites make it sound like much more complicated than it really is.... Give NW auto salon a try...

According to metropolitan detail all of our cars receive their concourse detail.... which is "This service requires two days and is recommended for vehicles costing more than $100K"

After spending $750 on a detail, I will show up with a sungun and raise hell if i see one swirl on the car
Just had my '08 Alpine done by Uptown in Portland for $245. Took them 7 hours for in and out and was a really good job. I thought I was pretty good, but the pros know the tricks. They charge $85 for a wax every 3 months or so.
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Metropolitan Detail moved shop to Bellevue. Pretty much going to be the best detail shop on the Eastside.

If you want to go to Seattle, then its Northwest Auto Salon. Blake and his crew are top notch! Also Ben keeps a couple of his cars there (not sure if he does anymore)
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