I was 24 and had started my first full-time reporting gig when I drove my brand new shiny red 4-door Yaris off the lot. It was no Mercedes or fancy SUV with heated leather seats, but it was within my budget and, more importantly, it was mine-all-mine.

In addition to regular trips to the car wash, I refused to let any passengers eat or drink inside. With only $1,000 down, the $500-monthly car payment was pretty steep. I wanted to ensure it was kept in the best possible condition to justify such a big expenditure.

Hah! If I only knew…

Fast forward five years later, my car was fully paid for, but to say it didn’t look or smell as great as it did that first day home from the dealership would be a vast understatement.

My prized cherry-red car became my ‘messy-mom mobile,’ which was often home to: cold, long-expired Tim Hortons’ coffee, more dropped Shopkins and princesses than I could count, soiled and clean socks gingerly tossed to the floor by my little ladies, yogurt tubes smeared to my side door, stale cheerios encrusted to the car seats, stickers from the dentist placed on my windows, puppy fur — even puppy puke that I couldn’t reach between the seats, despite my best efforts to clean it up.

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Years of dirt, sediment and crushed Fishy Crackers had plagued my car.

Even with enforcing a ‘no snack and no toy rule’ for my backseat clan, I’d pull a garbage bag full of clothing and children’s toys — almost monthly.

Why didn’t I clean up my car before getting the kids out each day? Sure sounds sensible in theory. However, when you’re trying to hustle two cranky ladies out of their car seat without spilling your coffee or letting your energetic pup run wild down the road into open traffic, you begin to consider it a small victory just to get out in one piece without losing your mind.

So, you can imagine my reaction when a friend suggested I meet with Norman Douglas, the owner of Phase II Auto Detailing Inc. in Langley for a complimentary car makeover.

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Of course, I was a little embarrassed about the state of my vehicle, but Douglas, who cleans everything from high-end luxury cars to messy minivans, didn’t flinch. He has seen it all!

“Oh this is nothing,” laughed Douglas, who is a fellow parent.

“Trust me, I’ve seen much worse. You won’t even recognize your car when you come back in a few hours.”

Coming to the Fraser Valley with years of knowledge and expertise, Douglas is the newest auto detailer on the block in Langley, but not to his trade. The self-made entrepreneur has been detailing vehicles since 1990 (He owned and operated Downtown Car Detailing in downtown Toronto successfully for over 15 years).

Phase II Auto Detailing is made of a team of professionals who use the best detailing products and equipment currently available on the market.

“We remain committed to doing what we do best: restoring the sparkle and beauty to your automobiles!” said Douglas of his family business, located at 01-20795 Langley Bypass (next to the Great Escape).

“Ultimately we aim to do our best and that is to please our customers by giving their vehicles the original showroom shine they deserve. We strive for perfection.”

Four hours later, I returned to what looked like a brand new car that was glistening in the sunlight.

Can you believe this car is 8 years old?

Can you believe this car is 8 years old?

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Even the surface scratches have vanished.

“Wow, this looks exactly like when I first purchased it — maybe even cleaner and more sparkly,” I said, as my jaw hit the floor.

Honestly, I was in total shock. Every little scratch on the outside was buffed away and the car shone like it was given a fresh coat of paint. The interior no longer contained a single trace of dust, dirt or dried cookie crumbs– they even cleaned the two car seats in the back, which I totally wasn’t expecting.

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The interior looks brand new again.

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During your car detailing, they even clean your engine.

And the smell — oh  so fresh and so clean!!! I couldn’t believe it. After giving Douglas a huge hug (I just couldn’t help myself), I had to drive straight to my mom’s house to show off my ‘new’ ride.

She was just as speechless as I was.

Interested in the same car makeover (the Gold Package) that I had? Here’s the scoop on what exactly  it entails:

 GOLD PACKAGE $289 AND UP

  • High speed buff and polish;
  • Remove most surface scratches to restore original beauty of your car;
  • Polish all chrome;
  • Engine shampoo;
  • Hand Wash;
  • Clean door jams, wheel wells, rims and tires;
  • Interior shampoo;
  • Steam to remove most stains and foul odor;
  • Deep clean vinyl, leather, carpet, mats, vents, dash, door panels, windows, roof;
  • and clean trunk compartments-including spare tire.

ValleyMom.ca is thrilled to partner with Phase II Auto Detailing to give away the GOLD PACKAGE valued at $289+ to one lucky fan. To enter, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. You must be 18+ to enter. Good luck xo

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Disclaimer: While my car detailing was complimentary, all opinions are my own.

This is an excerpt from the article Enter to Win the Ultimate Car Makeover which originally appeared on http://www.valleymom.ca.