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Gift a Clean Car This Father’s Day

Blue Wrangler Jeep after detailing There’s nothing quite as refreshing and satisfying as getting into a professionally detailed car. If you’ve been stuck with what to get Dad for Father’s Day, a gift card for Rick’s could be the perfect answer!

From start to finish, our gift certificates are easy and convenient to use. They are instantly delivered to the recipient’s email (or yours) so there’s no need to go to the store or wait for shipping. You can order your gift card with a custom dollar amount, or you can choose the type of service you want to give that’s tailored to the type of car, truck, or SUV your dad drives. Our detailing services include:

  • Complete Detail
  • Full Exterior
  • Full Interior
  • Engine Detail
  • Leather & Fabric Protection
  • Hand Wash and Wax

Gift card recipients are able to schedule their appointment online for a future date using our online scheduling feature. Order your Rick’s gift card today to give your dad the gift of a clean and shiny car!

Detailing the Exterior on a Lincoln Town Car

Detailing a Lincoln At Rick’s Auto Detailing, we work on all types of vehicles—sedans, SUVs, sports cars, trucks, and more—as well as both newer and older models. We recently cleaned up this older green Lincoln Town Car that belonged to a member of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association.

To begin the exterior detailing process, our team gave the car an initial wash to remove the layer of dirt and debris on the surface. Then we went in with an iron-removing solvent to make sure any contaminating particles were completely gone. To finish the basic exterior washing, we used a spray lubricant and clay bar to get rid of lingering stubborn pollutants that didn’t get washed away with soap and water alone.

Next up was polishing! To prep for the machine polish and hand wax, we used an alcohol-based solvent to wipe down all surfaces on the Lincoln. Afterward, we went in with a specialized machine that polishes the exterior using a high-speed buffer and polish/compound combo. This helps remove any oxidized paint and scratch marks without damaging the car. We then continued by sealing all painted surfaces with a hand-applied wax.

For the finishing touches, we cleaned, polished, and waxed all chrome parts of the car, including the grille and exhaust pipes. We also cleaned and dressed all four tires and wiped down the exterior glass, leaving it with a nice streak-free shine.

The end result really helped bring out the Lincoln Town Car’s unique green color if we do say so ourselves! Now the exterior is looking fresh and like new.

To book an auto detailing appointment with the team at Rick’s, fill out our online scheduling form today.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Red Cherokee after detailIf you’re struggling to figure out what to get your mom or your wife for Mother’s Day this year, look no further than Rick’s! Our gift cards are perfect gifts for all the busy moms out there. After all, who doesn’t like a freshly cleaned car?

Our gift cards are completely customizable—whether you want to gift a specific service or a custom dollar amount. They can be ordered online and emailed straight to the recipient, so you don’t have to wait in line at the store or wait for your gift to be delivered. Gift card recipients can schedule their appointment at a time that’s convenient for them using our online scheduling feature.

Moms Love Car Details!

Between carpools, road trips, and meals in the car, Mom’s ride rarely stays clean. Here are just a few of the regular situations where mothers sacrifice a clean car for their kids:

  • Daily Rides to School
  • Trips to Baseball Practice
  • Soccer Pickup
  • Rides To and From Ballet
  • Carpools to the Movies
  • Vacations

The list above is only a sample, leaving out some of the messiest situations—like all of the food and drink spills that happen on those trips. The Mom-mobile deserves a good spring cleaning on Mother’s Day, and there’s no better time than now to have her chariot professionally sanitized and detailed before the summer heat hits us.

Backseat Before & After

Odors, dirt, juice stains, crumbs, and leather tears stand no chance against the team at Rick’s. We’ll leave Mom’s car looking so new, you won’t even be able to tell that kids ride in it.

Purchase your Rick’s Mother’s Day gift card today!

Full Interior Detail on a Sedan

If you’re like most people, keeping the interior of your car clean may seem like an impossible task, especially if you have kids. Dirt, dust, and other debris can get stuck in every little nook and cranny, making it difficult to remove with a car wash vacuum alone. You may also have stains on your seats and floor from spilled drinks or food that you’ve tried to wipe clean, but a stubborn spot still lingers.

Luckily, Rick’s Auto Detailing is here to help! Our interior detailing process cleans and disinfects every inch of the inside of your vehicle. After shampooing, dusting, steam cleaning, and vacuuming, you may not recognize your car’s interior once we’re done with it.

This car’s interior was filthy before we got to work on it. Here one of our team members is beginning the cleaning process on the driver’s seat:

A full interior detail at Rick’s includes the following steps:

  1. We vacuum and use compressed air on the interior and cargo area to disperse any lingering dust.
  2. We clean all plastic and leather surfaces, getting into every crease and crevice. This includes door panels, the dashboard, ashtrays, cup holders, etc.
  3. We shampoo and steam clean all carpets and fabric surfaces, including the seats, headliner, and visors. For leather interiors, we use a special water-based solution to prevent damage.
  4. All glass and mirrors are cleaned to a streak-free shine.
  5. We apply a sealant to door jambs, woodgrain, frame, and touch screen surfaces.
  6. To finish up, we will do a final vacuum and inspection.

Check out the before and after photos from this recently completed job:

If you’re ready to give your car, truck, or SUV’s interior a makeover, schedule an appointment at our Havertown, PA auto detail shop today!

Beware of the Salt and Rain Combo

salty carIf your car, like most cars, has fallen victim to winter’s wrath, you’re probably beginning to identify the paint job of your car as a nice, salty “white and gray” shade—regardless of what color it actually is.

Sure, the salt makes it easier and safer for us to get to where we need to go, but it can also cause some serious problems for your vehicle if it remains on the exterior for too long. Some common issues include:

  • Rusted parts
  • Damage to the finish
  • Problems with the mechanics of the vehicle

The experts recommend clearing snow and ice off your car properly and washing your car within 10 days of traveling on roads treated with salt. These simple steps will help you avoid serious problems and the costly mechanic bill that comes with them.

“But wait,” you say to yourself. “It’s supposed to rain this weekend and all my problems will be washed away.”

WRONG. (Yes, this is bolded and capitalized for a reason.)

Rain may wash away some of the salt, but the residue it leaves behind is just as damaging. When it rains, it’s also warmer outside, and salt will eat away at your car’s exterior faster in warmer temperatures.

“Well, I’ll just take a trip to the carwash,” you reassure yourself again.

It is a good idea to wash your car after rain or snow, but after a snowstorm is not the best time to visit a carwash. The water used there will be extra salty thanks to all the other people that had the same idea as you.

Luckily, Rick’s has the answer! Avoid rusting your car and causing bigger problems by opting for an auto detail. We can also add a protective finish to your car to shield it from the next snowstorm’s salty roads.

I would swear Rick traded my car in for a brand new model!!

Wow! I would swear Rick traded my car in for a brand new model!! It hasn’t looked this good since I drove it off of the dealership lot 9 years ago. Thanks!!!

– Haltersweb

I couldn’t be happier with the professionalism and service

Needed to remove some mold on my front carpet and did extensive research on who I could trust with my new (to me) vehicle. Rick’s came highly recommended online and let me tell you that his service did not disappoint! I had the full interior cleaned and my car looks cleaner than it did when it rolled off the lot! I couldn’t be happier with the professionalism and service from Rick’s! Highly Recommended!

– Robert A.

Rick’s Holiday Gift Card Special: $75 Off Complete Details

Gold Christmas Gift

2021 Holiday Special

The holiday season is upon us, and Rick is here to help you with your holiday shopping. We’re announcing the return of our annual Gift Card Special!

Purchase a complete detail gift card for $75 off the original cost*. The promotion runs from now until 12/31/21 at midnight.

Note that the gift card recipient must schedule their detail in January, February, or March of 2022 to receive the full promotional value. After March 31, 2022, the gift card becomes equal to the purchase price and will be credited toward any complete detail at Rick’s.

Be sure your recipient books early to secure a spot before the end of March!

Complete Detail Costs

When you purchase a gift card from our holiday gift card page, you’ll get $75 off the cost of a complete detail.

  • Coupe/Convertible: $350 $275
  • Sedan: $375 $300
  • Small SUV/Crossover: $400 $325
  • Medium SUV: $450 $375
  • 2 Door Pickup Truck: $400 $325
  • Minivan / XL SUV / 4 Door Truck: $525 $450

What Do You Get With a Complete Detail?

A complete detail includes a cleaning and restoration of both the interior and exterior of your vehicle, plus, its engine and wheels. You will also get a vinyl/plastic protectant and leather treatment if applicable.

On the outside, we will wash and wax your car and restore your paint to its original condition. On the inside, we will shampoo the fabric and clean all parts of the vehicle, including the door panels, dashboard, ashtrays, and cup holders.

Everyone Loves a Clean Car!

Check out the gallery for examples of our work:

Check out what some of our recent customers have had to say about our work:

We had my 2015 Jeep Cherokee detailed today. I have had the car since 2014 and it has only been detailed once and it has not been touched since we added a carseat and toddler passenger, who I swore would never eat in the car, however I was dead wrong. It has become our main family car and it showed it. Road trips to the shore frequently and a trip to Disney this past year showed inside and out. It was filthy and Rick and his people made it look nearly showroom perfect. In addition they removed the white road paint absolutely perfectly. We will return with the pickup truck before we trade it in. Rick has customers for life.

-Suzanne R. (September 2021)

Rick and his team did a fantastic job on my truck. We use it heavily for travel, with the family, around town and Rick and team were able to address all interior and exterior issues. I noted a few hidden areas of debris and he was able to wipe it all out. The exterior was perfect after they washed, compounded and waxed. He also noted that once a year is a good interval. I will be taking an older vehicle shortly and can’t wait to see that done by him.

-Shaun P. (July 2021)

I received this complete auto detailing as a gift from my kids for my Lexus RX 350. Needless to say, I was very happy with the interior and exterior job which the company did. I made the appointment a month ago and they sent me a text the day before to remind me to drop it off. They also sent me another text message when it was the job was completed. Very Professional organization. My compliments to the owner.

-Matt C. (May 2021)

*The Fine Print

  • Must purchase through our holiday gift card form to receive promotion.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.
  • Promotional value only good for details scheduled in January, February or March. After March 31, 2022, the gift card becomes equal to the purchase price and will be credited toward any complete detail at Rick’s.
  • The vehicle the gift recipient brings for service must match the type of car for which the gift card was purchased. Otherwise, the recipient will be subject to a charge for the difference. For example, if the gift card is purchased for a medium SUV and the gift recipient redeems the gift card for a complete detail of a minivan, they will be required to pay the difference.

I’m so glad I chose Rick

I’m so glad I chose Rick. My 2012 Mercedes paint was etched with water droplets from a summer of sun and sprinklers. The car wash people told me it was hopeless. He brought it back to looking right off the assembly line. He was honest, truthful and fair. I will be back and highly recommend his services.

– Nora S.

Highly recommended!

My wife’s car and mine both had severe tree sap damage all over the hood, roof and doors. Rick was able to remove the tree sap and make the cars look good as new! It was an amazing job and he was very kind and professional throughout the entire process. Highly recommended!

– Jason K.