Detail Pro Shop’s Owner Mike Dilger began his career in sales, product and relationship management working with many global companies including JP Morgan, Citigroup and New York Life. While building a corporate management career and raising two children Mike continued to follow his passion for automobiles.
In his early teens Mike raced BMX bicycles and built a small workshop in the back of his Dad’s garage where he and his friends could detail and customize their racing bikes. His dad was a car enthusiast and at the time owned a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible that was treated as well as any family member and where Mike learned to properly care for cars.
From polishing the chrome and removing the scratches and imperfections on his competition dirt bikes to later learning the importance of applying the appropriate products on his Dad’s Chevy and then with his first car, a 1972 Chevy Nova. Mike learned quickly that he had an eye and appreciation for meticulous car care.
Over the years, Mike often attended local and national car shows, cruises, museums and racing events across the country, Always attracted to the beauty and performance of the automobile as well as the advances in automotive paint and reconditioning technology. Mike kept his personal vehicles in mint condition and continued to study the best products and techniques to keep himself on top with the leading industry professionals. As time moved on, Mike witnessed too many bad examples of “detailing” from self-proclaimed “detailers” and an overall lack of professionalism in the industry and realized the car restoration industry could use another professional. Mike started Automobile Appearance Pros in 2013 from his garage with a vision for giving other passionate car owners that brand-new vehicle “look and feel” based on convenience, affordability, and professionalism.
In 2014 the services expanded from autos to boats, RVs, motorcycles, airplanes, commercial trucks and fleets. In 2017 Mike left his 22 year financial services career to run the business full-time. In 2018 the business changed its name to Detail Pro Shop and further expanded its automotive service offerings to ceramic coatings, paint protection film, and window tint installation. In 2021, Detail Pro Shop opened it’s second location in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike and his wife Tiffeney now live in Nashville to operate their new location full time, while their son Drew continues to work in the Columbus location.
Detail Pro Shop provides full detailing services for all makes and models of vehicles, watercraft and aircraft as well as sales of detailing products and equipment all while continually investing in the latest training and equipment technology while offering a variety of eco-friendly products and services. Detail Pro Shop strives to provide clients with the highest level of professionalism and convenience. Choosing the right products and finding the time to maintain a vehicle can be a challenge for anyone. Choosing our services eliminates that confusion and allows your vehicle to be maintained at a time most convenient for you, with the peace of mind that only the best products and equipment are being used.