New Shoreline Location (inside Midnight Window Tint)
15205 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline WA 98133
Winter Driving Essentials
Snow is beginning to fall in the mountains, its getting darker earlier, and the winter storms are starting to arrive. It is reported that over 90 Million People will be traveling by car over the holiday season. We want all of our clients to be safe in the coming months so here are a few things to remember to put in your car to help keep you safe in case of an emergency.
When your traveling that you should have emergency supplies for each passenger in your car.
Should you be caught or stranded in bad weather, State Farm offers some additional safety tips.
Get off the highway, if possible, turn on your hazard lights or light flares, and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.
Call 911 if you have a phone and describe your location as precisely as possible. Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Exercise a little to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion and sweating. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
Conserve your vehicle’s battery. Use lights, heat, and radio sparingly.
At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you. – For more tips from State Farm.
Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!
I was in bit of mind stall trying to work on a theme for our latest blog posting, what is an automotive detail? Then, the phone rang and a gentleman was in quite a panic. He had just spilled gallons of latex paint all over the rear of his Suburban and wanted to know if we could help. Sure we can, bring it right over!
At its core, an automotive detail is a complex, labor intensive, systematic approach to rejuvenate or protect a car to a near new appearance or condition.
However, for the majority of our clients, they’re coming to us with a very specific reason or area of concern; remove the smell of mold in my car, fix the bad scratches on my car’s finish, remove “Fido’s” pet hair or simply make the paint “shiny”.
We constantly review and test new car care product lines, tools and techniques to achieve the best results possible for our customers. Blue Star Auto Salon, uses Meguiar’s Professional, along with Menzerna, DrivePur, Aquapel, Einszett, and Chemical Guys.
When you look at the before and after photos of the Suburban and all of that paint, you can for yourself the results of our team’s efforts.
At the end of the day, Blue Star Auto Salon’s goal is to be here however you need us to be. Whether it’s to solve an emergency or to protect your car’s finish from the outside elements, our staff and skilled technicians are ready to provide you with a high level of personalized service and a satisfying customer experience.
If your car is in impeccable condition, it sells faster and for more money than if it shows signs of neglect. Car dealers detail every pre-owned car on their lots because they know it increases car values and their ROI. Private owners are also smart to take advantage of these profit gains.
Selling and detailing experts, such as the Car Care Council, NADA, and Kelly Blue Book, give pertinent information and explain why preventive care of your car is worth your time and effort. Thorough detailing eliminates defects such as swirled, scratched and oxidized surfaces, and increases your car’s value, producing the WOW factor that gets you top dollar.
Blue Star Auto Salon offers a specialized Auto Resellers Detailing Package to improve all components of your car’s interior and exterior, including paint, body, wheel surfaces, encompassing complete reconditioning and readiness to sell. This convenience eliminates considerable time and effort that would be required to do it yourself. A DIY job will not match the expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and eco safe steam technology available in our detail shop.
Owners keep cars longer in a challenging economy, an average is 5-6 years in the US, before selling or trading for a new car. People are often unaware of their car’s diminishing appearance over time.
A once shiny new vehicle appears inadequate when given a once over in anticipation of selling for the highest list price. In one customer’s words, “I left my 1992 Lexus outside under the trees for ten years. I found Blue Star Auto Salon…my car looks brand new, interior and exterior, and Stephen even detailed the engine. I couldn’t have asked for a better result.” Though astonishing to hear, it is not surprising that Blue Star’s professional detailers make such a marked difference in the appearance of their client’s cars. They do it every day.
Ultraviolet Rays from the sun and environment are the number one cause of damage to your vehicle. The exterior takes a serious hit when exposed to weather and elements that cause dull paint and fading, scratches, rust, effects of winter chemicals, UV damage, and parking lot dings.
The hazy appearance of the paint and headlight lenses are caused by UV inhibitors that begin to fail at 50% of a 5-year wear cycle; surfaces become oxidized, cloudy and yellowed. This damage can be reversed by professional detailing.
Upon close inspection, owners find their car interior shows definite wear and tear with carpet and upholstery stains from food and beverage spills, muddy shoes, and pets.
Detailing the interior will sanitize and bring it back to original new like condition, dramatically improving the beauty of leather, fabric, and carpets.
Exterior paint oxidation and defects can be prevented by regular detailing and applying a wax/sealant coating, periodically. Along with providing greater shine and gloss, the applications will add protection that includes important UV inhibitors that extend the life of your paint.
Blue Star Auto Salon professional detailers bring your car back to its original beauty and increase its value between $300 to $500, or as much as $2,500 or more, depending on year, model, and overall condition.
“8 Easy Ways to Boost Your Car’s Value,” CNN Money, Peter Valdes-Dapena, July 6, 2011
Do You Love Cars? Blue Star Auto Salon is seeking at least 2 eager, energetic individuals with a willingness to learn the skills of becoming a skilled detailer and join our detailing crew. Applicants must willing to be a team player, focused on providing exemplary customer service. Candidates must have the ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment, follow directions and instruction, have strong organizational skills and be detail oriented. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and possess a valid in-state driver’s license. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: Maintain supply inventories and monitor the cleaning equipment and machinery for proper operation and maintenance. Perform cleaning on vehicles, using cleaning supplies and equipment e.g. steamer, extractors, brushes, scrapers, and vacuums. Applications can be found on our website at bluestarautosalon.com. Blue Star Auto Salon is conveniently located on Aurora Ave. N., in North Seattle, Shoreline area.