Z&R Auto Detailing Turns Hobby into Growing Business

Z&R Auto Detailing Turns Hobby into Growing Business

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Rob Rott (left) and Dave Zimmerman are the owners of Z & R Auto Detailing in Aberdeen.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Helping a coworker has turned into an unexpected but fulfilling business for two Aberdeen friends. Dave Zimmerman and Rob Rott work together at 3M. The company often holds fundraising raffles to assist employees with family emergencies or illnesses. Since they had both been detailing cars for years, Rob on his own vehicles and Dave while working for an auto dealership, they decided to donate a free car detail to one of these raffles for another coworker. That was back in April. Fast forward to today, and their Z & R Auto Detailing now has its own shop and has been booked almost nonstop with cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Dave and Rob work around their 3M shifts, offering both morning, evening, and Saturday detail appointments with free pickup and delivery. To keep their menu simple, no matter what condition or size of the vehicle, a complete interior and exterior detailing is always $200. Rob adds, “We only work on one vehicle per day so we make sure it gets done right.” They admit to being picky, which is a good thing when the details matter. Along with cleaning everything, they do extra things like buff out any scratches, wash the engine, and fix rock chips.

Detailing cars is a part-time gig, but one that Dave and Rob plan to keep long term. They both love being around cars and are finding the more they work on them, the more they enjoy it. Dave says their favorite part is the reveal and seeing how excited people get about their vehicle’s transformation. “That’s our goal, to make your car look better than when it was new.” // — Jenny Roth

Z & R Auto Detailing is located at 2821 8th Avenue NE. You can contact them via their Facebook page or by calling Dave at 605-380-7340 or Rob at 605-252-6259