1 March 2024

Luxury detailing arrives in Phillip for local car enthusiasts

| Morgan Kenyon
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X Auto Detailing opened its doors in Phillip just before Christmas. Photo: X Auto Detailing.

Whether it’s your standard daily drive or a passion project with some serious history, there’s nothing quite like that new car feel.

Having owned multiple companies in Canberra that rely on a tidy fleet of work vehicles, entrepreneur and self-professed car lover Cindy Qi leveraged her experience to fill a gap long left empty for the most discerning car owners.

Detailers tend to get a bad rap. According to Cindy most in the ACT do a decent job, but given there’s no formal qualification required to detail a vehicle in the ACT, the ‘cowboys’ are certainly out there. And sometimes, ‘decent’ just isn’t what owners are looking for.

“When you truly have a passion for cars, you can see them as works of art,” Cindy says.

“They’re more than just transport. They’re a source of entertainment and pride.

“For those of us who love their cars so much, a standard wash and vacuum isn’t enough. That’s why I decided to provide a luxury detailing service that gets into every nook and cranny, not just to clean, but to improve the value of the car inside and out.”

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X Auto Detailing offers a full suite of detailing services, including deep cleans, paint enhancement and protection films, polishing and waxing, ceramic coating, window tinting, vinyl wrapping and more.

“Properly protecting the exterior of your car will reduce the need for maintenance or repairs in the future, which can be very expensive for luxury vehicles,” Cindy says.

“We can install a clear protection wrap or ceramic coating that wards off UV rays, stone chips, scratches, stains and general wear and tear.

“Vinyl wraps allow drivers to express their individuality and make a statement on the road. We can do pretty much anything from single-colour matte or gloss finishes to eye-catching custom designs.”

The company is also an official service provider to more than a dozen dealerships in Phillip and Belconnen, despite only opening in December.

“We work with new vehicles pre-delivery, so they arrive in the most pristine condition possible,” Cindy says.

“Used cars are also common on our shop floor pre-sale, to get cleaned up and restored to their prime before heading off to find a new owner.”

When Cindy and the team get a chance to carry out a complete makeover, they jump on it. Showcasing what good equipment and a bit of elbow grease can do, they took an ultra-rare 2004 BA GT Falcon and restored it to its former glory.

Owner Clint Parker says his GT sorely needed a luxury detail, vinyl wrapping and window tint.

“After almost two decades on the road the GT was definitely showing signs of wear,” he says.

“The clear coat on most of the body was cracked and damaged, and the roof and boot were faded pretty badly. I thought the team did an amazing job bringing her back to life – she looks and feels like new now, inside and out.”

X Auto Detailing is located at 88 Prospect Court, Phillip. If your ride could use a refresh, get in touch on 0450 067 777.


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