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    Dr. Marcinko is originally from Loyola University MD, Temple University in Philadelphia and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in PA; as well as Oglethorpe University and Emory University in Georgia, the Atlanta Hospital & Medical Center; Kellogg-Keller Graduate School of Business and Management in Chicago, and the Aachen City University Hospital, Koln-Germany. He became one of the most innovative global thought leaders in medical business entrepreneurship today by leveraging and adding value with strategies to grow revenues and EBITDA while reducing non-essential expenditures and improving dated operational in-efficiencies.

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Automobile Detailing Tips for Neurotic Docs

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It’s never a source of pride stepping out of a dirty car or truck, especially for image conscious doctors. But, keeping your vehicle looking like new, for the doctor’s parking lot, is tough work. Sure, you may take it through the drive-thru car wash every now and then, but that isn’t the deep cleaning that your car deserves.

All in the Details

Detailing, on the other hand, is promised to give your beloved vehicle that ‘new-car’ feeling all over again. It isn’t easy work, but the results are amazing. While you could detail your car at home, is it really worth it? Let’s take a look at why letting the pros detail your vehicle is the way to go – or – not!

Working at the Car Wash

When you wash your vehicle at a drive-thru car wash, you may be doing more harm than good. If the car wash has brushes or pieces of cloth that scrub your vehicle as it goes through, these components can easily scratch your car’s finish. All of the bits of dirt from cars before can be trapped in the cloth   and brushes, and as they scrub your vehicle, they act as sandpaper, permanently marring your paint.

One step better is hand washing your car at home, but even then, you must be careful to not just become a humanized version of the car wash. Using two buckets is a good start, with one bucket being a rinse bucket to remove the dirt from your sponge, and the other containing the soap.


SOAP Suds – Not SOAP Notes

Also, be careful of the type of soaps and car care products being used. The interior and exterior cleaners found at the local parts store are often of decent quality, but they aren’t always the best, and they must be used properly. Even then, for a normal car owner, detailing a car can become an all-day task, sometimes with less than perfect results.

Don’t forget to use a clay bar or brick followed by your favorite Carnuba wax, too.


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My Jaguar's engine after a steam

The Pros

So, why should you let the pros handle your detailing needs? They should know exactly what specialty products are right for your vehicle to get the perfect results every time. And, they know the techniques that will yield showroom-finish results while you don’t have to even touch your car.

And, while you won’t want to clean out all the dried soda, coffee stains, or leftover cheeseburger wrappers from under your seat, they will gladly do it for you – for a price.


Just picture getting into a blindingly shiny, clean vehicle with an interior that looks equally as pristine. No more purchasing all kinds of car care products that don’t deliver results. No more spending hours in the driveway getting soaked and frustrated. No more wasted time. Pros know what it takes to detail your vehicle to concourse standards.

But then, it is just a job for them. It is a labor of love for me. Am I neurotic or compulsive?



My near showroom and mint conditioned 2000 Jaguar XJ-V8-L is a full-size luxury sedan, offers sporting drive characteristics, mixed with a classic style and interior comfort. It was available in multiple trims which all came very well equipped with upscale amenities.

And, this extended wheelbase version offers much more rear seat leg room for long and winding Georgia road trips. The standard steel engine [not nikasil] in this XJ is a 4.0L V8 which produces 290 hp. The upper and lower timing chain tensioners are original, second generation metal, not plastic.

There is also a supercharged version of this vehicle which bumps output to an impressive 370 hp. Even with all of its power and weight, my XJ-8-L is still rated at over 20 mpg on the highway. Ammenities and upgrades include a mobile phone, Magellan GPS, LoJack theft recovery system, CD and MP-3 players, with internal and external cable antenna for satellite radio.

What a Cat? She is my third favorite female after my intelligent and beautiful wife, and smart and lovely daughter.


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9 Responses

  1. Obama’s limo breaks down in Jerusalem


    The Secret Service used the wrong fuel during the president’s first visit to Israel.



  2. The Queen’s Jaguar

    Lloyd – Did you see this used car Jaguar ad?

    Delivered new to Buckingham Palace in 2001 this Daimler Super V8 was custom built at the Jaguar factory to be the personal car of HRH Queen Elizabeth 11 the Queen Of England.


    Look familiar? Thanks for reading and posting on the ME-P.

    Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


  3. Lloyd

    Not exactly cheap, but you do get ultra-low miles, FSH including a 3000 mile run-in by Browns Lane, a built-in handbag holder and Police strobe lights!



  4. Don’t forget to treat your tires

    If you paid for a car wash and the tires aren’t glistening, get out that box of baking soda. Add just enough water to make a paste, use a scrub brush to rub it in, and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse it off and marvel at the results.

    Also spend a few quarters at a nearby gas station to properly inflate those tires.



  5. Riding dirty

    Dr. Marcinko – Some might not mind skipping a few washes to make up for a big car payment, but everything from the elements, to salt on the road, to good ol’ bird poop will wear away a new car’s finish and detract from its overall resale value.

    New and use car owners should be mindful of dirt and grime that can build up – both inside and out – and opt for a wash (preferably by hand) every week or two and a full detail at least four times a year.

    Why? – Jon Dulin of MoneySmartGuides.com says keeping a clean engine bay immensely improves your vehicle’s resale value.

    But, don’t take a hose to your engine. Take a wet rag and wipe off the dirt from the hoses and plastic coverings under the hood, after spraying with a degreaser.

    It seems that buyers who see a super clean car and engine bay … will pay top dollar for it.



  6. On European Vehicles

    “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive” – Ettore Bugatti

    “The quality remains long after the price is forgotten” – Sir Henry Royce

    “The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive” – Sir William Lyons



  7. Don’t Forget to Clean the Battery

    A layer of dirt and salt residue that often forms on top of a car’s battery can eventually bridge the positive and negative terminals and allow current to “crawl” over the battery and discharge it, leading to premature battery death.

    A little spray cleaner and a rag should take care of a winter’s accumulation. If there’s fuzzy-looking corrosion on the battery terminals, either clean it with an old toothbrush using a solution of baking soda and water (which will neutralize the acid), or have a shop clean it.



  8. 5 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle’s Exterior from Dings, Scrapes, and Grime

    Dr. Marcinko – Auto owners like many doctors take pride in their cars. Regardless of whether you bought a new car from the showroom or bought your car used, you want to keep your vehicle looking like new for a long time.

    Unfortunately, modern life is the enemy of a great-looking car. Tar and stones from roadways can wreak havoc on beautiful finishes. Other drivers can carelessly dent your car in parking lots and refuse to accept responsibility for the damage. Debris flying out of trucks, birds, and other problems add to the long list of threats to your car.

    So, rather than accepting dings, scrapes and grime on your car as a fact of life, follow these five steps to keep the exterior of your car looking fabulous:

    1. Get covered: Rain, snow, and sunshine can all adversely affect the exterior of your car. You can do little about the weather while driving your car, but when you get home, you can cover your car to protect its beautiful finish. Although garages offer the best protection against outside forces for your car, you might find out that you can get similar results by using a car port or a portable garage. A portable garage is a flexible cover that you can put over your vehicle to protect its exterior while not in use.

    2. Paint Protection: Film Special products exist that help protect the finish of your car at all times, even while you drive. Paint protection film creates a layer of protection between the exterior surfaces of your car and the environment, so your car can withstand an array of road hazards. This type of product eliminates expensive trips to your dealer’s body shop for touchup work and preserves the resale value of your car. Ask your dealer what recommended paint protection products will work best for your model.

    3. Wash Your Car: Although a carwash can put the exterior of your car in jeopardy, it can help prevent harmful grime build up. If you care a lot for your car, you will give it a loving hand-wash and wax periodically to keep its finish looking great. While you wash, you can look for new scrapes and dents that either you or your dealer can quickly repair before they become ugly and embarrassing.

    4. Cautious Parking: Parking lots pose some of the most severe threats to auto exteriors. Regardless of how carefully you park, someone else will come along and park too close to your car, giving your car a free dent. Although often minor, parking-lot damage can cost a lot to repair. Motorists these days live with the fear that a claim will cause their insurance premiums to rise, so they might not take responsibility for denting or scraping your car. It’s time to take parking into your own hands. You can try taking up two spots when you park, making it impossible for other car doors to reach your vehicle. Also, you can park far away from other cars where most people will never park. The long walk will give you valuable health benefits, and the remote parking spot can help prevent damage to your car.

    5. Common Sense: Your best defense against scrapes, dents, and grime might reside under your own hat. Common sense should tell you to avoid roads while they undergo paving line-painting work. Avoid attempting to enter narrow alleys and resist the temptation to drive up to your mailbox when you get home at the end of the day. Never drive your car near trees and bushes. Always avoid dirt or gravel roads. Also, keep your garage and carport clear of tools and other objects that can easily fall and damage your car.



  9. Keep it covered

    Oswald #1 – Ultraviolet light dulls paint, rots upholstery and clouds headlight lenses. Plastic in a superheated interior dries out.

    So, park your vehicle in a garage or under a carport whenever you can. Seek out a shaded parking spot at work, or at least put a reflective sunshade under your windshield.

    But, don’t continually park under trees for protection. Over time, sap, leaves and other debris will dull your car’s finish, too.



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