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Helping Mt. Hood Shine: One Car at a Time! posted on 07/27/2023
By Ty Walker
The Mountain Times

You might have seen it, driving up Highway 26, meandering around the cabins of Mount Hood Village, or parked near a lake or trailhead. You can’t miss it.
It shines with the gleam of a new car right off the lot. It’s a 2016 Honda Pilot SUV with a sign advertising Auto Shine Mobile Car Detailing on its side. An enterprising new business owner, Mike Decker, is behind the wheel, with his wife and business partner, Kim Decker, by his side.
The Deckers are co-owners of the mobile auto detailing entrepreneurship they started about three months ago. For the most part, Mike does the car detailing dirty work and Kim takes care of publicity and paperwork.
A former Oregon Trail School District employee, Mike worked in the facility maintenance department. Kim has a background in teaching and recently opened an art studio in Welches.
Mike grew up in Newport Beach, Calif., but left the congested city life of Southern California in 2000 for greener pastures in Oregon. He met Kim and they lived in Portland.
When the pandemic hit three years ago, they decided to get a new start. They moved to a cabin in the woods in Mount Hood Village, where they live with their teenage son and daughter.
They grew tired of “working for the man,” as they said. They wanted to be their own bosses and do something they enjoyed to make a living.
Mike had a marketable skill, proven in his auto detailing work on his own vehicles. Why not start his own business and take it mobile?
Voila! Auto Shine Mobile Car Detailing was born.
Mobile detailing is a fairly new concept already popular in warmer climates like California and Arizona, where car owners like their grilles to shine. Going mobile means they make house calls.
Make an appointment and Mike will deliver his services to the convenience of your home. All he needs is water and electricity. He brings the rest, including a mini pressure washer and all the equipment and supplies, with him.
“I’m very reliable, punctual and detail oriented,” Mike said. Detail-oriented is a good thing in his line of work.
Auto Shine aims to bring back the luster in your car. It offers four levels of service, from basic bronze to platinum. The platinum package is Auto Shine’s premium service. It includes a five-year ceramic coating protection and headlight restoration
“It pretty much makes the car look brand new,” Mike said. “We touch almost every inch of the car except the undercarriage.”
When he’s not making cars shine like new, Mike enjoys the great outdoors.
“I love playing golf, hiking, kayaking, spending time with my family and going on vacations,” Mike said.
Auto Shine is offering 10% discounts for seniors, veterans and first-time customers.
For more information, phone 503-728-8588, or check out the website is



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