At the age of 13, Randy Coffey designed his own self service car wash, and had even found a location to build his dream. The only thing stopping him was the cost of the property. $1.2 million! Quite a bit more than expected, and a lot more than the young Mr. Coffey's allowance could afford. Despite the setback of the outrageously priced property, he did not give up.
Several years later he purchased a new Monte Carlo SS, and kept it very clean. The car was so clean in fact, that people began asking Randy who cleaned his car. When he told them that he did it himself, they wanted him to clean their cars too, and they started paying him to do it.
In the summer of 1987, when he was 18 years old, Mr. Coffey registered "Mobile Auto Detailing", got a license to do business, purchased about $250.00 worth of equipment, a pager for communication, and the business was started. He put all of the equipment in the trunk of his car, buckets, brushes, chemicals, and his buffer and started going to people's houses to clean their cars.
Mr. Coffey worked various full time jobs through the years, such as structural iron works, supervisor at a price club (Costco), bartending, and supervising the front office at a local Giant Food. In the summer of 1994, he obtained a contract with a local car dealership detailing cars. Mr. Coffey quit his job at Giant Food on September 24th 1994, at which point Mobile Auto Detailing became his full time job. People said that he was foolish for making such a move right before winter, but he was determined.
In March of 1995, the first company van, a 1994 Chevy Astro van, was purchased. He loaded the van up with a water tank and pump, a generator, a shop vac, a steam clean shampoo unit, a buffer, some chemicals and supplies, and a tent. After having a custom paint job put on the van, the first completely contained mobile unit was on the road. For the next 4 years, Mr. Coffey worked 80-100 hours every week to expand the business and establish a name that stood for quality in the detailing business.
In December of 2000 Randy expanded the services of Mobile Auto Detailing and bought the automotive division of Sharp Details, formerly of Vienna Va. and Alexandria Va. December of 2001 Randy purchased DA's Custom Car Care located in Herndon, VA from Roy Captain.
In 2002, Mobile Auto Detailing had 8 employees, 7 mobile units, and a shop located in Chantilly, Virginia. They have an established name and reputation, and are currently the oldest and largest "mobile" detailing company in Northern Virginia.
In May of 2002, Sharp's Detail, Detail Authority and Mobile Auto Detailing all merged and are from here on known as Detail Authority. In November of the same year, the Herndon location was expanded to over 5000 square feet so that we could also provide services like Window Tinting, Spray On Bed liners, Bumper Repairs and more.
Started as a part time business and hobby in the summer of 1987, Mobile Auto Detailing grew and established a name for itself by providing quality work. We understood that busy people don't have the time to take their car to a shop, drop it off, find a ride from and back to the shop, nor do they have time to sit and wait.
In 1994 Mobile Auto Detailing became a full time business, and in March of 1995 the first completely self contained mobile unit was put on the road. Through the years business increased, employees were hired, and more mobile units were added. Our 5th mobile unit was added on in August of 1998. In 1996 we opened our first shop in Chantilly Virginia,and a second shop in Arlington in 1997, so that we could offer more than just the regular detailing services that we provided with our mobile units. We outgrew the shop in Chantilly and in February of 1998, we relocated to a larger shop, which is our current location, and closed the shop in Arlington.
In December of 2000 in our quest to continue expansion we purchased the auto division of Sharp Details, a quality local detailing company.
In December of 2001 Mobile Auto Detailing expanded even further by purchasing DA's Custom Car Care in Herndon Va. DA's is now operating under the name of Detail Authority, located at 617 Carlisle Drive in Herndon, VA. You will receive the same great services at both our locations and on our Mobile Units. We are now able to offer more options and convenience for our customers.
In January of 2002 Mobile Auto Detailing added a full time paint touch up technician to operate our mobile paint touch up unit servicing both locations, also doing work on-site at the customers home or office. Feel free to look at our Before and After pictures to see what we can do for you.
As Mobile Auto Detailing Inc. increased in size and our clientele grew, we realized that people wanted more than just traditional detailing. As a result of our customers asking for different services we now provide a wide variety. In addition to traditional detailing, we also offer paint over spray removal, installation of wood trim kits, Authorized cellular phone and phone accessories, odor removal, pin striping, pinstripe removal, and much more. We also offer services for cleaning flood damaged vehicles, paint less dent and door ding repair, undercoating, rust proofing, and fabric protectant.
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