Snow Chance of Damaged Alloys


Snow Chance of Damaged Alloys

Snow. That white stuff that falls from the sky and turns normally competent motorists into quivering wrecks. I’m sure we’ve all been stuck in traffic, sliding around, desperately trying to get traction while bouncing off the kerb. It’s a horrible feeling because you know you just kerbed your wheels.

Fortunately, a British company called AlloyGator has the answer. AlloyGators are very hard nylon trims that fit around the edge of your wheel and offer very effective protection against kerb damage. They come in two styles and 15 colours and we are an official AlloyGator Partner.

damaged alloygator, undamaged wheel
No damage on the wheel of this Fiat 500 despite heavily damaged AlloyGators.

We carry the full range in stock and can fit them to your car in around half an hour. Our usual price is £120 for the standard trim and £150 for the brand new, Exclusive trim. Right now though we have a special offer where the standard trim is just £89 fitted and the Exclusive are an absolute bargain at £99 fitted! This offer finishes on the 22nd December 2017 (when we close for Christmas) so hurry!

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Washing you car in winter

winter protection

What is the problem?

With the arrival of the cold weather and salted roads, our cars almost always look like they haven’t been washed for weeks. I hear so many people saying it isn’t worth washing their car because it will just get dirty straight away. Whilst there is no denying that logic, it is sadly flawed. Regular washing of your car is an important step to take in the long-term maintenance of its appearance and in the case of diamond cut wheels, it’s a critical thing to do.

Why is keeping my car clean so important?

Beyond the obvious safety and legal concerns (lights and windows kept clean and registration plates kept visible) damage to your wheels and paintwork is more likely to happen when it is dirty. Imagine all the salt, grit, mud etc dried onto your car. Then imagine being parked in the supermarket car park with people brushing past your car. That dirt will be dragged across the paintwork causing swirls and scratches. And when you close the doors or boot, your fingers get dirty (which is annoying), but they also scratch the paintwork by moving the dirt on the surface. Salt settled on your car gets into scratches and stone chips accelerating corrosion. And if you leave dirt too long it becomes harder to remove and the risk of paintwork damage rises quickly.

Your wheels suffer stone impacts, especially the back wheels, all through the year. Most of this damage is very small and you’ll struggle to see it. Powder coated wheels cope with this damage better than diamond cut wheels because the finish is a lot thicker. With diamond cut wheels the clear lacquer might be as thin as 60 microns, that isn’t much – it’s about 2/3rds of the thickness of a sheet of 80gsm paper – and the stone chips let in salty water. That salty water (brine) quickly causes corrosion that shows up as white marks under the lacquer and subsequently causes the finish to fail and requiring a full refurbishment.

So what do I do?

Getting the car to a freshly detailed standard isn’t that important in winter, but safely washing the dirt off will make life easier in the long term, keep your car looking great and lower the cost of ownership. Ideally, you’ll maintain your regular 2 buckets safe wash but, if you don’t have time to wash the car yourself go to a petrol station with a self-wash car wash and just use the pressure washer to remove most of the dirt – don’t be tempted to use the brush they have, they will destroy the finish of the paintwork! Avoid automatic car washes and roadside hand washes, they will also cause damage to your paintwork requiring significant machine polishing to correct.

Pre-winter protection makes life easier.

In an ideal world, you will have protected your car before winter arrives with quality products that form a physical barrier between the finished surfaces and the worst the winter can throw at them. If you haven’t gotten round to do it our winter protection treatment is just the ticket!



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Fireball UK Update

26th April 2017

It is with regret that we have decided to terminate our relationship with Fireball UK with immediate effect.

We will no longer offer Fireball products in our detailing treatments and will no longer be stocking them in our studio.

This does not affect the warranty on any treatments we have done that include Fireball Dok Do. We will honour the warranty in-house should remedial work be required.

If you have any further enquiries please direct them to Richard Allen on 0800 0433055.

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Online Quote System

We are experiencing technical issues with our online quote system at the moment and it looks like this may have been the case for a while. We have our developer looking at it for us and hope to have it fully operational soon. For the time being though please use the quote tool to get a price and call us to talk it through or book an appointment, we will never get your details with the system working how it is now.

We can be contacted on 0800 0433055 should you need any assistance.

Thank you for your patience.

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New Additions


Well, 2017 has started off expensively! We’ve invested over £20k in new equipment to improve the quality of service we provide, the speed that we provided it and improve convenience of accessing our services.

We have been remapping for 2 years now and £6k of our investment has gone on new equipment that will increase the number of vehicles we can do in-house. This allows us to reduce prices on bench tuning slightly, reduce lead time and reduce the amount of time we need your car for. We have also bought a new piece of equipment that is better at tuning VAG group cars and removes the need to bench tune in a lot of cases.

For the detailing side of the business, our new 3.2tonne scissor lift will allow us to deliver even higher standards than we already do and save our knees and backs at the same time!

And our popular courtesy car has been joined by another, brand new Citroen C1. This has allowed us to reduce the waiting time where our customer need the use of a courtesy car.

Of course this is just a start! We have more plans for 2017 so keep checking back.

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Mobile Valeting

With effect from January 1st, 2017 we will be scaling back our mobile valeting service. We will only offer Premium Valets within a smaller radius of our base and regular maintenance details to clients who have had cars detailed by us. Our reasons for doing this are very simple. As a completely legitimate business, we are fully insured and compliant with all tax requirements including VAT registration. 99% of businesses in the valeting market never make it to the VAT threshold so don’t have to charge it. Most of them only have Public Liability insurance (which costs about £200 per year – ours is £8500) and aren’t insured to move your car at all. A lot don’t bother with insurance or even pay tax. It means it is incredibly difficult for us to be competitive so we are no longer going to try.

We are keeping our Premium Valet Service because there has always been strong demand for it and it really does make a big difference to your car. We will also continue to look after our existing customers albeit with a new pricing structure. We have closed down our valeting specific website and are in the process of updating the quote tool and valeting information on this site. If you have any questions please fell free to call and ask, our number is 0800 0433055.

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Remapper – the most advanced personal remapping device on the market

We are very proud to announce that we have been selected to be the West Midlands distributor for Remapper – the most advanced personal remapping device on the UK market.

For many people normal ECU remapping is fine but there are people who would like more control over the process or prefer to use plug-in tuning boxes. They want to be able to remove the remap and put it back on at will. Remapper just does this.

The maps that are used are supplied by Quantum Tuning and are the same quality used in our standard ECU Remapping process so they have an immediate benefit over the masses of generic plug-in black boxes available. And because you control when the map is applied (and taken off) you have the same level of flexibility as you would have with a plug-in box. The difference is you don’t have to strip and engine covers and get your hands dirty removing a connectors from your vehicle fuel injection system. The programming is carried out from inside your car using the standard OBD port. The Remapper device even guides you through the risk-free process too.

Call us on 0800 0433055 for more details of this exciting new product.

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Quantum Tuning Stourbridge

If you are a Facebook user why not take a look at our dedicated Quantum Tuning page where you can find out more about what we’re doing and join in any competitions we may have – right now we are giving away one ECU Remap every week in March 2016. Full details on the page.

Source: Quantum Tuning Stourbridge

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Dirty Weekender – Adventure Vans

Our friends at Dirty Weekender built the UK’s FIRST converted T6

We prepared the vehicle before it’s first public engagement at Busfest on 4th September. The quality of the fit finish is outstanding (and we’re very fussy as you know!) We work with a lot of VWs these days and no other company’s work comes close. If you are in the market for a lifestyle camper you need to talk to Johnny and Katie @ DW.

And don’t forget that it will be us preparing it before you collect 🙂

Dirty Weekender - Adventure Vans

Before the T6 was even released DW had managed not only to get their paws on one…but to do a FULL Reimo conversion on it including air suspension in just 8 days!!! The result is a BEAUTY. With a Reimo Easy Fit roof, Triostyle furniture, full leather retrim and wrap she stuck out from the masses when we debuted her at Busfest this weekend. I’m pretty sure we can claim the FIRST T6 CONVERSION in the UK! Thank you to all of those that helped to make it possible our incredible and relentless DW team as well as our fantastic suppliers.

Source: Dirty Weekender – Adventure Vans

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New Bentley Bentayga goes on sale as waiting list extends to 2017

Bentley will reinvent the notion of a luxury SUV early next year, when deliveries of its Bentayga commence.This will be the first production 4×4 to convincingly vault above the Range Rover in the prestige stakes. It’ll be more expensive, too, with a likely price of around £160,000.What does that get you?

New Bentley Bentayga goes on sale as waiting list extends to 2017

A mighty W12 petrol engine with twin turbos and a 600bhp, 663lb ft output is what, with an eight-speed auto box and full-time four-wheel drive.It’s all housed on a platform borrowed from the Audi Q7, which is nice and light as it’s made mainly from aluminium. All things are relative of course, and in this case ‘light’ means a kerb weight of 2422kg, but that’s not bad for what is a truly immense vehicle even by SUV standards.Talking of immense things, that’s what its top speed is. An immense 187mph, to be exact. And the first 60 of them are seen off in a trifling 4.0 seconds.Shifting almost two and a half tonnes and 17 feet of metal at that sort of rate takes some doing, so it’s actually rather impressive that the Bentayga manages to return about 22mpg combined. That’s still a lot these days, as are the 292g/km it emits, but these figures bear out the worth of Bentley’s efforts to improve economy through all the technology it can get its hands on.If you lift off the power in any of the top four gears, for example, the vehicle will unhook the gearbox and coast until your foot goes back down.

New Bentley Bentayga goes on sale as waiting list extends to 2017New Bentley Bentayga goes on sale as waiting list extends to 2017Enjoying the experience will be your good self plus three or four others – buyers can specify a four or five-seat interior. A wheelbase of more than 16 feet means there’s no end of room in there, and there’s no end of luxury either. Bentley insisted that it should be as upmarket as any of its other vehicles inside, rugged drivetrain notwithstanding.And it is rugged, too. ‘Owners may never drive these vehicles off-road,’ said engineering boss Rolf Frech at the Bentayga’s Frankfurt launch, ‘but they must know it will perform in tough conditions.’Bentley must know that, too, having put in more than a million miles of testing during the car’s development. These went into fine-tuning features like all-round computer-controlled air springs, which operate in a total of eight driver-selected modes – four each on and off-road.Orders are being taken now for the Bentayga, ahead of deliveries in the first quarter of 2016. But the first year’s order book is already full – if you order now, your delivery won’t be until 2017.New Bentley Bentayga goes on sale as waiting list extends to 2017

Source: New Bentley Bentayga goes on sale as waiting list extends to 2017 – Chronicle Live

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Why we have a workshop

Reflections Detailing, detailing, mobile valeting, ecu remppaing, gyeon certified, gyeon mohs+, alloy wheel refurbishment, event valeting

When we started the Company at the end of 2011 we were a 100% mobile business offering mobile detailing and mobile valeting. We very quickly realised that if we wanted to deliver the quality of work we were capable of delivering a permanent, indoor base was essential. The simple fact is mobile detailing has to compromise in so many areas due to the weather, atmospheric conditions, pollutants etc. You can’t correct paint when pollen is falling onto the car while you’re polishing! It also limits the type of protection products that can be used – the best products on the market need carefully controlled conditions and have to be kept dry for a minimum of 12 hours after application.

Since 2013 we have operated from secure premises in the heart of the Midlands. We have invested in the best equipment available including an extensive lighting rig and added complimentary services to our portfolio. We were one of the first Gyeon Certified Detailers in the country and continue to work with the to this day. The quality of our work is now better than ever thanks to our continued commitment to investment, training and a relentless passion to be the best.

Of course we have maintained and expanded our mobile offering continuing investment into equipment, training and products but this is strictly limited to mobile valeting and ECU Remapping. We will never carry out detailing work on a mobile basis, we would rather not do the job than compromise our quality.

Our mobile valeting offering is a reliable, high-tech, high quality service that you will find hard to beat. We don’t use TFR, sponges, drying blades, chamois leather, acid based wheel cleaners etc to get you car clean. Everything we use – equipment, chemicals and process – has been developed in the detailing side of our business and transferred over to guarantee a 100% safe wash with durable protection for a fair price.

With the car care industry you really do get what you pay for.


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Reduce your fleet costs

As a Fleet Manager one of your core KPIs will be to keep the cost of your fleet as low as possible. Your fuel bill is likely to be one of your top 3 biggest costs. Following our fuel saving top tips you could reduce your costs by 10%-20%.


Our Top 10 Fuel Saving Tips

Dramatically improve your MPG by following these fuel saving tips on a daily basis; challenge yourself to constantly improve. You will be amazed at what you can save.

1. Slow Down

One of the best ways to save fuel is to simply reduce your speed.

2. Careful Braking

Every time you brake, you convert fuel that you have paid for into heat!

3. Planning

Plan ahead, watch for traffic; choose the best route, not always the shortest.

4. Use Gravity

On a modern vehicle it uses no fuel when your foot is off the accelerator, so take advantage of downhill runs, or approaching a junction; it’s completely free motoring!

5. Accelerate With Care

Accelerate smoothly and gently, maintain a constant speed and keep gear changes to a minimum.

6. Top Gear

Get into top gear as soon as possible, without labouring the engine as each gear down can cost up to 20% fuel.

7. Switch The Air-con

Off Up to 10% fuel saving

8. Keep It Serviced

Under-inflated tyres are one of the most commonly ignored causes of poor MPG.•A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air into the engine, which harms performance and economy. Use a quality oil.

9. Reduce Weight

Always remove your roof rack or roof box as soon as you are finished with them, the extra drag they cause will have a negative effect on your fuel economy. Only keep things in your car you’re likely to need, having a boot full of junk reduces your fuel economy too.


10. Have a Remap

With a diesel engineed vehicle you can significantly improve fuel consumption by having a remap. But don’t take our word for it, try it for 30-days under our no quibble money-back guarantee.

Save Fuel With A Quantum ReMap™ Don’t believe in outlandish fuel saving claims, these simply won’t happen! Fact is that no one has a miracle cure or gadget to save both your pocket and the planet, BUT when you have a Quantum Green™ Remap you can experience substantial fuel savings and these days, every little really does help. Realistically, most turbo-diesel vehicles can see a 10-15% fuel saving from the remap alone. BUT, when combined with a change in driving style to take full advantage of the extra torque and driveability, then much more is possible.




A company car travelling 30,000 miles pa averaging 50mpg with a fuel cost of £1.15 per litre will spend £3105 on diesel. A modest 10% improvement would save £310.50 per year, almost £1000 over a 3 year lease. Add in the cost of an ECU Remap at £250 and you can see it will pay for itself in the first year.

For an informal chat about how you could reduce your fleet costs please call us free on 0800 0433055 and ask for Richard.


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Petrol prices on the increase once again

We all knew it was too good to last, the promise of the £1 a litre petrol never quite materialised and now the price is heading back up.

Modern cars, particularly the diesels, have superb MPG as standard but if you drive an older car or one with a bigger engine the 65+ MPG you regularly see quoted can seem like a pipe dream. Howvever, there is something you can do to improve your lot.

Engines, in particular turbo diesels, leave the factory set up for a multitude of environments, fuel quality and emissions targets. There is a lot of surplus performance and economy that can be unlocked because of this and all it takes is some expert reprogramming of your car’s computer – ECU Remapping. This might sound a bit scary but for the experts at our tuner’s head office it’s a run-of-the-mill task. We can’t promise to get 65+MPG out of every car but we will improve it.

For under £300 and a couple of hours without your car you could get more power, making the car more enjoyable to drive, but also more MPG – typically between 10% and 15% – and lower emissions. The results are instant, permanent and you will start saving from the very first mile. All our remaps are custom written and come with a 14 day money back guarantee, if you aren’t 100% satisfied with the results let us know and we’ll put your car back to standard and refund your money. Not only that, we also offer a 12 month, 30,000 mile mechanical and electrical breakdown warranty should the work we have done cause a failure.

ECU Remapping with Reflections Detailing is 100% risk free. Now where did you put that phone?

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Cleaning your car isn’t just about looking good

New research shows that the traditional Sunday afternoon act of washing the cars is dying. The rise of sports on satellite TV and hobbies such as cycling are occupying more and more of our free time. The result has been a shift to the cheap hand car washes that have sprung up on almost every old petrol station site and those waterless washes you see on supermarket car parks. For £3-£5 someone else will wash your car for you leaving you free to do something else. But at what cost?

These hand car washes use caustic traffic film remover (TFR) and strong wheel cleaners to get you car close to presentable in as short a time as possible. They have to. They have a limited number of sponges/wash mitts/towels etc so you know they will be reusing them during the day, some will even use drying blades. This is all bad news for the long term care of your car. You will end up with damaged metal trims thanks to the TFR, swirls and scratches in your paintwork, corroded alloy wheels and the sad thing is it can be avoided.

hand car wash result
This Infinti M35H was hand washed at a roadside car wash twice a week for a year. The new owner wanted us to correct the paint. We made it look like new but gave the owner a bill for £600. Now, is that £3 wash still cheap?

Spending an hour washing your car yourself will prevent a whole host of damage being done just by following a few simple guidelines – we will be publishing a complete car care guide in the near future – which will keep your car looking better for longer, make the cleaning process easier and crucially, maintain a higher sale value.

Of course if you don’t fancy that companies like us will come out to you to carry out safe cleaning on a regular basis.

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ECU Remapping

We recently decided to add ECU Remapping to our portfolio of services since it is becoming more popular and widely accepted by insurance companies.

So the exciting news is we are now doing ECU Remaps from our workshop in Cradley Heath supported by a mechanical and electrical breakdown warranty. All maps are custom written to suit your needs and we can focus on economy, power or a bit of both.

If you would like more information call for free on 0800 0433055 and we’ll tell you what we can do for you.

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New website!

We’ve been working hard to bring you a new, more modern website to showcase what we can do for you. This is it!

Let us know what you think.

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