Does my car need to be detailed during winter?


benefits of auto detailing during winter

If you think that auto detailing is only for spring and summer months when the weather is nice and sunny, your not alone. Most people think “It will just get dirty a few days after I pay for a detail” or “It is way too cold outside to wash my car” and both statements are normal thoughts. What most people don’t think about is the daily beating the interior of your vehicle takes or the large amounts of oil and road grime that builds up on the exterior. A detail or two over the winter months will greatly improve the life span of your vehicle and more importantly the resale value.


Every time you get into your vehicle your carpets are being hit with water, mud, snow and whatever else is stuck on the bottom of your shoes. If ignored the mud, dirt and debris will permanently stain the carpets to the point where the best machines and cleaning products won’t do anything. I always recommend my customers buy heavy duty rubber floor mats because living here in the PNW they are absolutely necessary to protect the original carpets and floor mats.

Another area of your vehicle's interior that really benefits but is often overlooked is the leather and vinyl surfaces. The drastic changes in temperature cause the leather and vinyl to expand and shrink and if not properly conditioned/protected you will start to see premature cracking. When I say properly conditioned, I do not mean cheap, greasy and dirt-attracting products like armor-all. I use products specifically formulated to leave a non-greasy feel and look while protecting the surface from UV rays and making easier cleanup of accidental spills or other debris.


A few thorough exterior details during winter can drastically reduce the chances of any damage caused by the cold months. Things like road treatments, oil and road grime, and the excessive moisture can all give you problems if not addressed.

The Jeep below is covered in the most commonly used road/ice treatment, road salt. Now, whether the city or town you live in uses road salt is up to you to pay attention to because if ignored the damage that road salt can cause is irreversible. If left to sit on the vehicle, the road salt eats away at the exterior of your car and causes rust to form which over time causes holes in body panels. The red car pictured to the right is a victim of road salt damage, and as you can see the damage is serious. Road salts are typically used in colder climates where snow is a common occurrence, areas like the northeast united states.

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Example of what will happen if road salt is ignored

Another cause of exterior damage during winter is the constant rain and moisture. It might not seem important but preparing for the wet winter months is a crucial part of living in the PNW. When it rains, all the road grime, oils, and debris that are on our roads get carried onto our cars. Have you ever noticed how the back of your car or truck gets incredibly filthy during rainy weather? What your seeing is the road grime and oils from all the other cars on the road and environmental factors winding up on your vehicle.


Keeping your car or truck detailed during winter is an important part of vehicle ownership that often gets overlooked. Protecting your vehicle from the harsh winter conditions by hiring a professional detailing service like Moyer’s Mobile Detailing is a smart move for both you and the future of your vehicle. When you schedule any detailing service with Moyer’s Mobile Detailing you can rest easy by your fireplace knowing your vehicle is being serviced by Vancouver’s best mobile auto detailing company.

If you drive it, coat it. It's a no brainer!

The ins and outs of ceramic coatings.

You want your vehicle to look as good as it did the day you bought it. So you carefully wash it on a regular basis and you apply a new coat of wax every few months. But despite your efforts, swirl marks, chips, and stains start to populate on your vehicle’s exterior. Not only that, water spots, dirt, and grime start clinging to your car the day after you give it a thorough wash.

What if there was a product that could change this narrative; a product that would provide protection from environmental hazards and make your car easier to wash, while not requiring repeated application. 

Good news! There is. It’s called a Ceramic Coating (or Nano-Ceramic Coating), and it could add substantial value to your vehicle.

But before you make a buying decision, it’s important to get the facts straight. If you have read anything online about Ceramic Coatings, you may have come across some competing claims. On the one hand, manufacturers and detailers have made outstanding promises about the performance of their Ceramic Coatings. On the other hand, some auto care commentators have offered critiques.

Let’s spend some time clearing up the issue. What’s the truth about automotive Ceramic Coatings? What are their benefits? What are their limitations? What will be best for your vehicle?

A Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.

A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive for of defensive. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative. A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.

In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:


If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.


Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.


One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.


If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.

Moyer's Mobile Detailing is an accredited installer for System X ceramic protection, one of the leading ceramic coating companies in America. System X has been tested and proven to work, and is approved and used by Boeing to protect their planes.

How can hiring Moyer's Mobile Detailing benefit you?



Thank you for checking out my blog! This article will be the first of many to come so follow along as I give you a look into my journey as a professional detailer. You can expect to see detailing tips, product information, exciting MMD news, and more! Finally stay on the lookout for exclusive discounts for blog readers. All you have to do is mention the discount and where you saw it, before I start work on the vehicle. 

Why should you call Moyer's Mobile Detailing?

Moyer's Mobile Detailing was created with the goal to provide top-notch results on a consistent basis. The key to success in the detailing industry is consistency. I go above and beyond on every vehicle, RV, boat and motorcycle no matter the situation. I do this so potential customers and returning clients know the type of results they will get before work even begins. I provide quality results but more importantly I achieve them without taking shortcuts or using a "band-aid" fix. I firmly believe in doing things the right way the first time. 

For the vast majority, it can be quite difficult to keep your vehicle looking like it did back when it rolled off the lot.  In addition to the usual mechanical maintenance and upkeep, you need to regularly set aside time, money, and effort to make sure your car looks great on the inside, as well as the outside. Not many people have the time, knowledge, and ability to do this themselves. Hiring my services will not only restore your vehicle back to like new condition but being a mobile service I make things easy and come to you. The time you would normally spend getting your vehicle to and from a fixed location detailing shop, is yours to spend doing more important things.

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The car wash

Is there really a difference between a car wash (mechanical or at home) and car detailing services? The simple answer is, absolutely, these two services appear similar at first, but in truth are vastly different. Both services leave you with a cleaner car, and that is where the similarities end. Specifically, the average cost of a car wash (mechanical or at home) can be far less expensive, while the average cost of a full professional auto detail is higher. Car Detailing process can vary from state to state and region to region. You may have considered taking on the job of keeping your vehicle looking great all on your own so that you do not have to add yet another expense into the maintenance of your vehicle. So, the big question is, compared to a regular car wash what does Moyer's Mobile Detailing provide?

An average car wash will include:

  • Exterior Washing that will no doubt create new scratches and swirls in your paint.

  • Exterior Dry that will also induce scratching.

  • Tire Cleaning

A typical car detail will include:

  • Scratch-Free hand wash and dry all nooks and crannies, including door jams.

  • Removal of all bugs, tar and tree sap from the exterior.

  • Deep clean wheel and wheel barrels, wheel wells, brake calipers and tires.

  • Engine bay detail.

  • Clay bar treatment.

  • Dress tires and restore all exterior trim.

  • Application of paint sealant or carnauba wax.

  • Interior vacuum.

  • Floor mat cleaning.

  • Clean and condition leather surfaces.

  • Interior and exterior window cleaning.

  • Shampooing carpets and cloth upholstery.

  • Clean and apply protectant to all vinyl surfaces.

  • Deodorize interior.

As you can see, a car wash is much less involved than expert auto detailing. Even if you perform these services at home you will still be limited (most likely) as you cannot offer up the professional grade products, techniques and tools.  Regular car washes can help to keep your exterior looking somewhat nice, and decrease the buildup of dirt and dust in the interior of the vehicle but it will not give you the personal touch and attention to detail that MMD will give. 

Yes you can clean your own vehicle, but I can do it better.

To get the most out of your car, simply washing and vacuuming it at home is not enough. In the long run, your vehicle requires more than a little soap and water to stay in excellent condition. There are several benefits to having your vehicle cleaned and detailed by MMD.

  • Removes scratches and decreases fading paint – If requested or after inspection MMD will reduce, or remove, existing swirls, etching, scratches, and fading. It also ensures the paint stays in great condition for longer periods of time, especially during the PNW's harsh weather conditions. I spend sometimes too much time researching and trying to absorb as much information on new products to ensure I am competent and knowledgeable about the products that work best for your car.

  • Keeps your car looking great – Regular washing, and a periodic professional detailing, can make a big difference in how your vehicle looks vs. what would be done by an automatic was or at home.

  • Helps to extend the life of your vehicle – Dirt, road grit, and mud can decrease the life of a vehicle, by concealing and causing corrosion on important parts of your car. When you remove these harmful contaminants, which will eventually eat into your finish (paint, leather, vinyl, chrome, etc.), and seal them out, your vehicle will remain in wonderful condition for years to come.

  • Helps preserve the resale value of your car – This is a biggie. A highly polished and showroom condition car can help to retain your vehicle’s value, and in most cases will raise the trade in value.

There are some car buffs, who will teach themselves to detail their vehicles like the professionals. They will find the best method to eliminate stains, remove scratches, and keep their cars looking best. However, most car owners do not have the time and are not interested, in learning the ins and outs of professional auto detailing techniques. These vehicle owners would benefit from getting regular auto detailing services, in order to maintain the beauty of their vehicles.

As a professional detailer, I continuously research and educate myself to stay up to date and knowledgeable in the latest technology and techniques, to keep your car looking the best. I know which products to use in any given situation, and will ensure that your vehicle is meticulously vacuumed, shampooed, polished, and conditioned to keep it looking great. Not to mention, after I can provide you with tips on how to care for your vehicle between detailing appointments.  


Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call, I would be happy to help.

To schedule an appointment contact Austin at:

Phone: 503-201-8798


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