Who are we and how did we get here?

We are Family

My wife Shelley and I pride ourselves on having a well-trained, certified, and friendly staff along with one of the nicest facilities in our area so you can be assured your vehicle will receive the best possible care no matter what service we perform for you.

Ultimate Auto Detail was established in 1992 by owners Rick and Shelley Walling.

“In 1984 while still in high school I was able to gain valuable automotive experience working at an auto body shop in Silverton, Oregon. Throughout my time working at this body shop, I was able to learn many different skills required to be a professional auto detailer among many other aspects of working in the automotive industry. After that, I transitioned to full-time detailing at several new car dealerships including Mercedes Benz, Acura, and Toyota where I further perfected my craft by working on new and used vehicles.

When Ultimate Auto Detail opened its doors in 1992 my wife Shelley and I were dedicated to providing the highest quality service and work for our clients. To keep moving forward in 2000 I traveled to Texas for paint protection film training and became one of the first certified installers in the Salem area.

Over the years we have never stopped furthering our knowledge and expertise by attending some of the largest automotive trade shows in the world. 

Stemming from that I attended one of the highest-regarded detail and business training facilities in the country, Renny Doyles Detailing Success. After going through the intense five-day training course and receiving seven different certifications – including the International Detailing Association – I was able to return to the training facility and assist in training other entrepreneurs.

From that great experience, I was hand-picked to work on one of the most elite projects in the detailing industry: The Air Force One project at the Seattle Museum of Flight. Thirty skilled detailers headed to Seattle for a week to work on the first presidential Jet, among other rare museum aircraft.

After 35 years in the industry, we are proud to be established members of the highly regarded business group The Detail Mafia where we regularly communicate with other professional detailers via weekly zoom meetings and podcasts to keep up with the latest innovations in the industry.