Ed Awada earned an Engineering degree from Cleveland State University before launching his career with top firms like Rockwell Automation. Photos by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio.

Details, Details


Published: 02/13/2011

by Mimi Vanderhaven

If you want to have your car detailed, here is some advice from Mimi: Let an engineer do it. By their nature, engineers are life’s perfectionists. When it comes to designing complex structures and equipment, anything less than perfect can lead to tragedy.

Yep, let an engineer detail your car.

Ed Awada, the founder of Nip Tuck Auto Detailing, earned his Engineering degree from Cleveland State University and went on to work for some of the nation’s top firms, including Bailey Controls and Rockwell Automation, where he was responsible for ensuring that complex industrial control systems worked perfectly. His clients included Fortune 100 companies like Ford and Goodyear. He left Rockwell in 2004 and began consulting with manufacturers all over the nation, from Texas to Florida to Arizona to Illinois.

“One day I looked up and realized that I was a weekend dad to my kids,” Ed says. “It was time for a change.”

Ed abandoned consulting in 2008 and spent some time reevaluating his priorities and designing the perfect job for himself. “Then it hit me,” he recalls. “For more than 25 years I have spent my spare time detailing my own cars and the cars of my friends and family members—because I like doing it. Why not do what I enjoy?”

Nip Tuck Auto Detailing was born.

Unlike many start-ups in the automotive cleaning sector, Ed did not start with a plastic bucket and some sponges. He went to California and buried himself in training. He then worked with a California aftermarket firm to custom build his own state-of-the-art traveling auto detail center, which features high-end, professional-grade equipment— including extractor, pressure washer, air compressor and power generator. Today, Ed and his team detail vehicles all over Northeast Ohio—from standard passenger cars to classic and vintage automobiles.

But the good news for Medina residents is that Ed’s brick-and-mortar detail center is located on Route 18 about halfway between Medina and Montrose.

“We had the mobile unit for about six months, but realized that not all of our clients had the room for us to do what we needed to do,” Ed recalls. “We opened our first detail center at Route 18 and I-71, but quickly expanded to our current location.”

As you might imagine from an over- achieving engineer, Ed offers far more than a perfect auto detail shop—including paintless dent repair (PDR), paint protection shields (clear bra), windshield repair, headlight restoration, odor removal, interior repair, bumper and paint chip repair, carpet dying and more. “Many of our customers come to us because they are going out of town and want to take a clean vehicle,” Ed explains. “Then there are those who want to drive a spotless vehicle all of the time. Many people use us when they want to sell their car or return a leased vehicle. We help them put their car’s best face forward. And we do it right.”

Speaking of perfection, the co-owner of Nip Tuck is Ed’s wife, Kim, an LPN at St. John Westshore Hospital, another career with zero-tolerance for mediocrity.

Nip Tuck is also a good idea for those who spend a lot time in their vehicles, especially in winter. Melting snow creates dampness which can lead to mold and mildew, even in winter. Black mold in particular is unsafe, especially for children and seniors. Ed’s ozone treatment is effective in eliminating the bad odor that is the result of bacteria, mold, mildew, food and beverage spills, tobacco smoke, animal urine, general pet odor, plus skunk, fish and other strong odors.

Nip Tuck Auto Detailing, LLC is certified and insured. They even offer licensed and insured butler service to and from their Medina shop. In other words, they’ll pick up your car and bring it back safely.

True to his engineering nature, Ed is low-key and performs only the services his clients request. Although marketing consultants have advised him to “upsell” his customers, he won’t do it. If you come in for a detail and you have stone chip crack in your windshield, you already know that,” Ed says. “You don’t need me to try to sell you a windshield repair. If you want that service, just ask.”

See, darling. He IS an engineer.

Nip Tuck Auto Detailing is located at 1484 Medina Road (Rt. 18). Ed and his team also offer detailing on your premises. Detailing services are available seven days a week. An appointment is required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 330-321-1065 or visit