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About Us

We are The Detailing Specialists, Christchurch's auto detailing experts. With our years of experience and genuine passion, we're here to provide top-quality care that will make your vehicle stand out. We take pride in our workmanship, using top-notch products and techniques - find out more below...


Our Story

Here at The Detailing Specialists, we pride ourselves on being passionate enthusiasts aiming to provide the best customer service and quality. The Detailing Specialists entered the Christchurch market in 2018 under our former name, Canterbury Auto Detailing, with the mission to bring a new standard of detailing. Since 2018 we have gone from strength to strength and with happy customers both in the private and wholesale markets, working on vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, boats, jet skis and campervans. In 2023 we undertook two big changes in moving to our current premise at 29 Stevens Street, Waltham - which tripled our workshop size; and with a full rebrand. The Detailing Specialists (TDS) tells our customers everything they need to know, and our new image and theme align our quality with the desire to be 'the' detailing brand in the Christchurch market.


When it comes to detailing, we are meticulous and have high attention to detail. Our eyes see things others can't, and we use the latest technology, quality tools, and safe products. With our experienced team, we've seen various vehicles with a wide range of issues - and we have the expertise to assure you that your vehicle is in the best care when left with us. Our workshop is clean, efficient, and secure. We follow proper procedures with advanced systems, effective communication, and sound business ethics, including insurance and vehicle care policies.

The Detailing Specialists is owned by Sam Gibbons, who has been in the detailing industry since 2013. Alongside sister businesss United Car Care - we have more experience than most in this market. Scroll down to meet our team and learn about owner Sam.

Meet Our Team

Sam Gibbons - The Detailing Specialists Director & Detailer

My Story

I'm Sam - director and detailer here at The Detailing Specialists. The Detailing Specialists is my vision for detailing excellence, and I'd like to share with you some more about my background!

Back in 2013, I started a mobile detailing business called Attention To Detail, operating out of the boot of my BMW. I was working a retail job but had the desire for more, and after going out on my own, I was soon thrown into the deep end of detailing and business ownership. In 2014 I co-founded OCD (Obsessive Car Detailing) in Auckland. We worked on all types of vehicles, including the Aston Martin Vulcan at Highlands Motorsport Park (the most expensive car in the southern hemisphere) and also prepared vehicles for the well-known Ellerslie ​Concours d'Elegance. At the same time, I co-founded United Car Care, providing high-quality detailing products to consumers and wholesale customers alike while also offering both consumer and trade detailing training NZ-wide. My experience is vast, and I've been part of the detailing industry's growth over the last ten years, which is why I know, alongside my team, we are the best people for your detailing job!

In 2021 I decided a change in lifestyle was in order and moved myself and Aston (my Border Collie) down to Christchurch, bringing United Car Care with me. In 2022 the opportunity to acquire Canterbury Auto Detailing came up, and I jumped on what was an already well-established brand - looking to add my flair and experience and get back 'on the tools'. Here we are now rebranded with The Detailing Specialists, and I'm excited for the future prospects of being at the forefront of the detailing industry both for Christchurch and nationwide.

Our team are always ready to help, and you can reach me directly too, via

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