Getting every nook and cranny of your vehicle clean can be easier for everyone on Redstone Arsenal now that a new Auto Detailing Shop opened Oct. 15.
The shop at 3240 Vincent Drive was completely booked on opening day following a social media announcement last week about its official opening, said Kate Kelly, manager of the Automotive Skills Center.
“There are some folks who want to get out and do the work themselves but there are others who want a more detailed, professional service and now we can offer that service,” said Gaylene Wilson, Recreation Division chief of the Garrison’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “It’s something we’ve never tried before and we may have some kinks to work out along the way but we are always open to suggestions.”
Antonio White is the contractor in charge of the detailing service. He’s got more than 20 years of experience in the business, Kelly said.
The Auto Detailing Shop is by appointment only. It will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 876-3900.
Wilson said vehicle detail services will be provided in four categories and specialty treatments. All wash costs are determined by size and include:
No. 1 Wash – Takes about one and a half hours and includes a basic exterior wash and vacuum. Cost is $15 to $30.
No. 2 Wash – Takes about one and a half hours and includes exterior wash, glass cleaned inside and out, tire rims cleaned, vacuum, interior cleaned, detailed dash, console and inside doors. Cost is $25 to $60.
No. 3 Wash – Takes four to six hours and includes exterior wash and wax, glass cleaned inside and out, tire rims cleaned, vacuum, interior cleaned and detailed dash, console and inside doors. Cost is $85 to $165.
No. 4 Wash – Takes four to six hours and includes a complete detail service including exterior wash and wax, glass cleaned inside and out, tire rims cleaned, vacuum, interior cleaned including headliner, seats and carpet, detailed dash, console and inside doors. Cost is $190 to $250.
Wilson said specialty treatments that can be added to any package include:
• Headlight restoration, $50
• Fabric armor, $50
• Pet hair removal, $50
• Custom wheel detail, $75
• Engine detail, $75
• Paint correction, $100
• Clay barring, $100
“We are always looking for new ways to bring services to our community and the Auto Detailing Shop is open to anyone who has access to the Arsenal,” Wilson said.
Earlier this year, one of the self-service car wash bays was converted to an automatic drive-through wash and there has been good response to it. There was some detail service offered on a temporary basis at the car wash but there wasn’t sufficient room at the site.
The new Auto Detailing Shop is at the former Firestone location, which is a facility better suited for the new service.
“It’s exciting to bring this new service to the Redstone community,” Kelly said. “Since I came here to manage the Automotive Skills Center three and a half years ago, it was my dream to see this happen so it’s been in the works for a while and I’m happy to see it come to fruition.”