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Mike Phillips
Jun 21st, 2004, 02:11 PM
How to locate Meguiar's Professional and Detailer products in your hometown (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1504)

At every Detailing clinic held on Saturday's here at Meguiar's in Irvine, California, around the rest the of the United States by our Professional staff, and constantly on discussion forums all over the web, the question comes up,


"Where can I find the Professional Line of products and the Detailer Line of products?"


Meguiar's Professional Line
For those that may not know, Meguiar's Professional Line of products, are the products that come in the Tan Bottles with the Numbers on them. Like this one,

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2M83DACP.gif

Or sometimes they're not in a tan bottle, but another container, but they have the distinctive and often talked about or posted part number, like this one,

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2M1611.jpg

This is what is known as Meguiar's Professional Line. These are products primarily formulated and sold into the professional side of the auto appearance industry. This includes products for use on the assembly line at car manufacturing plants, and also products for use in the Refinishing Industry, for example your local body shops and dealerships that offer collision repair.

Meguiar's Detailer Line
Meguiar's manufactures the highest quality products for the professional detailing industry. This includes,

Degreasers and Multi-Purpose Cleaners
Car Washes
Glass Cleaner
Wheel Cleaner
X-Press Liquid Wax
Last Touch High Gloss Quick Detailer
Body Solvent
Tire Dressings
Solvent Dressings
Water-based Dressing
Aerosol Spray Dressing
Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
Plus other miscellaneous tools and supplies

In order to purchase these products locally, you need to find what is called a PBE Store. Let me explain what a PBE Store is.

In the Automotive world, there are two types of auto parts stores,

* Hard Parts Stores
* PBE Stores

A Hard Parts store is a store like Pep Boys, Kragen, AutoZone, etc. These types of auto parts stores sell a large variety of auto parts including Meguiar's highly popular Consumer Line which includes, Meguiar's Deep Crystal, Meguiar's Gold Class, and Meguiar's NXT Generation.

Some Hard Parts stores sell a few products from the Professional Line, such as M-02 Fine Cut Cleaner, M-07 Show Car Glaze, M-2616 Hi-Tech Yellow Wax, M-3416 Final Inspection, and M-4016 Vinyl/Rubber Cleaner & Conditioner to name a few.

PBE store is an auto parts store that like a Hard Parts store sells traditional auto parts like spark plugs, starter motors, oil etc. but they also stock and sell Automotive Paint, and Body Shop Supplies and Equipment.

PBE stores don't tend to have large neon signs on the outside of their building because they often lean more to the Mom & Pop type of business than belong to large, nationwide chain stores.

For this reason, these stores a little harder to find. But note this, if your town or city is large enough to have a body shop or two, and also a new car dealership or two, (which probably includes a majority of towns and cities in America), then chances are very good there is at least one PBE store within an acceptable driving area from where you live and work.

Here are three ways to find a PBE store in your area,

1) Meguiar's Online Dealer Locater (http://www.meguiars.com/dealerlocator/)
Simple click on the link above, type in your Zip-Code and then select the Meguiar's Professional Products option. Hopefully this will give you some accurate leads.


2) Look in the Yellow Pages of your local phone book. Look under the Automotive section under Paint Supplies, (or something similar). Often, if there is a PBE store in your area they will place an add in the local yellow pages. A quick phone call will tell you if they do indeed sell body shop supplies and carry Meguiar's Professional Line.


3) This is probably the easiest and simplest, but not always the fastest way to find a PBE store. The next time you're out driving around and you see a Body Shop that is open. Pull over, and locate someone who is wearing jeans and looks like they work in the shop. Often times their clothes will be dirty because the refinishing business is a dirty business. Ask this person,


"Where does your shop purchase their paint, compounds and polishes at?"


Chances are very good he is going to tell you about a local PBE store, also called a Paint Store, (but not house paint), and point you in the right direction.


Those are three ways to locate a PBE Store in your hometown.


Important Note: After you locate a PBE Store in your hometown, upon exploring the store, if you do not find the Meguiar's product you are looking for, whether it be a Professional Line product or a Detailer Line product, but you do see other Meguiar's products in tan bottles with numbers, rest assure they can order the specific product you're looking for, simply ask one of the counter people if they can help you out.

Sometimes it will help if you have either a Meguiar's Professional Catalog with your are the part number for the product you are looking for. For example, if you're dying to try out Meguiar's very popular quick detailer in the *New* Detailer Line, the part number is D15501 and the name is Last Touch Spray Detailer

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2180_Last_Touch_peach_.jpg

I hope this helps... :D

Mike

ksrep28
Sep 14th, 2005, 04:27 AM
Thanks Mike, I have to say this is a truly great forum thanks to you. I've never had anyone get back to me so quickly and thoroughly. You do a hell of a job!

hamanncheese
Sep 23rd, 2005, 07:30 AM
something's wrong with the dealer locator link, mike. I think this is the right one:

http://meguiars.com/dealerlocator

kenji815
Aug 11th, 2006, 07:53 AM
Hey Mike what happen to the dealer locator to find PDE dealers?

Mike Phillips
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by kenji815
Hey Mike what happen to the dealer locator to find PDE dealers?


It's right here! :)

Dealer Locater on Meguiar.com (http://www.meguiars.com/dealerlocator/)


And I'll edit the above link to make it go to the correct page. Once in a while they move things around on meguiars.com and then the links don't always work on this forum.

Thanks! :xyxthumbs

kenji815
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:08 AM
the database seems to be broke.. you might want to notify them.
after you type in zip code and search it gives a database error.

OctaneGuy
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:17 AM
Works fine for me. Entered 90066 and tried all sort options.

kenji815
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:23 AM
oh it's fixed.. thanks..
it wasn't working a minute ago.

mikeg8r
Sep 18th, 2006, 11:06 PM
Just wondering, why isn't this a sticky? I can't ever find the link to the dealer locator on the main website and I always have to search for this thread. I guess that's what bookmarks are for, but still... :D

the other pc
Sep 19th, 2006, 08:36 AM
...I can't ever find the link to the dealer locator on the main website ... If you click on the "community button (http://meguiars.com/community/)" on the top of the page you'll find it on the left side menu.

There's also a link to the site map (http://meguiars.com/sitemap/) on the bottom of every page. The dealer locator is about a fifth of the way down (do a "find word" in the page).


PC.

kellyinkc
Sep 19th, 2006, 04:16 PM
I found the list not up to date for my area. Some places are closed.

don63011
Sep 19th, 2006, 06:36 PM
Having a catalog with you sounds like a good suggestion, how does a person acquire one ? I requested one of each via your website last May. Still waiting.So has my son who lives in Charlotte. I tried printing a copy of the pro catalog from the site but was too small to be of any benefit. Thanks.

Mike Phillips
Sep 19th, 2006, 08:17 PM
I found the list not up to date for my area. Some places are closed.

Thus method 3

Mike Phillips
Sep 19th, 2006, 08:19 PM
Having a catalog with you sounds like a good suggestion, how does a person acquire one ? I requested one of each via your website last May. Still waiting.So has my son who lives in Charlotte. I tried printing a copy of the pro catalog from the site but was too small to be of any benefit. Thanks.

Call Customer Care at 1-800-347-5700 tomorrow and cite this thread, they'll help you to get catalog.

mikeg8r
Sep 20th, 2006, 08:37 AM
Having a catalog with you sounds like a good suggestion, how does a person acquire one ? I requested one of each via your website last May. Still waiting.So has my son who lives in Charlotte. I tried printing a copy of the pro catalog from the site but was too small to be of any benefit. Thanks.

An easy way to get one is to buy something from the meguiar's online store, that's how I got mine ;)

don63011
Sep 20th, 2006, 03:25 PM
thanks for both replies,I'll do that, probably both. I'll tell my son(cjps17) too although he has probably read this already. Hi Curt.

hammer55
Sep 20th, 2006, 06:08 PM
THANKS FOR THIS INFO, IT HELPED, THEY HAD 83 AND i BOUGHT SOME,

dozer
Apr 2nd, 2008, 10:26 AM
well being new to this forum i dont wanna start a new thread if i dont have to, but hopefully someone sees this and answers my question....can i buy products from the office in irvine???

the other pc
Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:00 PM
No, they don’t have retail sales out of the corporate facility.

If you come down to a class you can put in an order, but the products get shipped from the factory in Nashville, TN.


PC.

dozer
Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:04 PM
thanks.....hmmmmmm, do you know of any local retailers beside wal-mart and Super Autobacs?

the other pc
Apr 2nd, 2008, 01:02 PM
There are a whole bunch of places around OC. The Dealer Locator (http://www.meguiars.com/dealerlocator/) will show many (but it’s not totally up to date). You can also call Customer Care at 1-800-347-5700.

Detailing Depot (Costa Mesa) and Senik Paint (Costa Mesa and Orange) have excellent stock.


PC.

dozer
Apr 2nd, 2008, 01:34 PM
thank you...

Sprzout
Apr 2nd, 2008, 01:47 PM
There are a whole bunch of places around OC. The Dealer Locator (http://www.meguiars.com/dealerlocator/) will show many (but it’s not totally up to date). You can also call Customer Care at 1-800-347-5700.

Detailing Depot (Costa Mesa) and Senik Paint (Costa Mesa and Orange) have excellent stock.


PC.

Unfortunately, you're certainly right about the Dealer Locator not being up to date...My PBE store that I frequent moved about 2 years ago from the location that they have listed on there. :) Basically, if you're looking for a place that's listed there, give a call first before you try to drive there, just to make sure they're still at that location or are still in business.

Mike Phillips
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:11 AM
***Update***

We fixed all the links to the Dealer Locater (http://www.meguiars.com/dealerlocator/) on the www.meguiars.com (http://www.meguars.com/) website.

Once in a while changes are made to www.meguiars.com (http://www.meguiars.com/) and this affects the links coded in messages on the forum.

;)

IWantaTurbo
Jul 1st, 2008, 10:46 AM
No, they don’t have retail sales out of the corporate facility.

If you come down to a class you can put in an order, but the products get shipped from the factory in Nashville, TN.


PC.

Is there only 1 factory and it's in Nashville, TN?

the other pc
Jul 2nd, 2008, 07:35 AM
Yes, Meguiar’s only has the one factory.

The stuff you buy from your local PBE store normally comes from a nearby distribution warehouse. So you can usually get what you need very quickly because your PBE store only has to wait for local delivery. My local PBE stores can usually get things I order in one or two days.

The distributors are local commercial businesses. They aren’t owned by Meguiar’s. They’re Meguiars’ customers. That’s why anything you order direct from Meguiar’s is shipped from Nashville.


PC.

IWantaTurbo
Jul 2nd, 2008, 08:08 AM
Yes, Meguiar’s only has the one factory.

The stuff you buy from your local PBE store normally comes from a nearby distribution warehouse. So you can usually get what you need very quickly because your PBE store only has to wait for local delivery. My local PBE stores can usually get things I order in one or two days.

The distributors are local commercial businesses. They aren’t owned by Meguiar’s. They’re Meguiars’ customers. That’s why anything you order direct from Meguiar’s is shipped from Nashville.


PC.

thanks for the explanation

ramphonic
Dec 2nd, 2008, 05:10 PM
My local Pbe store only has an old gallon bottle of #66 in stock and some unigrit sandpaper. They can order some of the stuff but they thought I was crazy asking for#80

The next closest on the list hasnt existed in years

chessplayer
Dec 3rd, 2008, 02:10 AM
Mike just this past thanksgiving weekend i used the PBE store locater ...now this PBE store looked like an ordinary mom and pop paint store and it was stocked with meguiars professional and detailer line...i would have never known...For any1 living in the los angeles area its on whittier blvd.in the city of whittier,ca ...

SocalEuro
Feb 1st, 2009, 11:42 PM
Glad I found this, but I'm not sure if this is the place to ask this though, so I appologize ahead of time...

Can authorized Meguiar's dealers charge more than MSRP?

Sometime last year I was at a job that required sandpaper, of which I was freshly out of. Luckily, I found a PBE store in the area but ended up paying double (about $42) for a pack of Unigrit.

Murr1525
Feb 1st, 2009, 11:48 PM
Some charge less... I guess they can charge more if they want.

Marc Hufnagel
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:56 PM
the database seems to be broke.. you might want to notify them.
after you type in zip code and search it gives a database error.

Seems to give errors if there is none found in your search criteria.

Mike Phillips
Mar 30th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Glad I found this, but I'm not sure if this is the place to ask this though, so I appologize ahead of time...

Can authorized Meguiar's dealers charge more than MSRP?



Yes. We can't control what a retailer charges.

:)


Seems to give errors if there is none found in your search criteria.

And for what it's worth, I just checked it out using my zip code for all product lines and it worked with no problems.

:)

Murr1525
Oct 9th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Its on the right side of the main forum page...

rookie1
Mar 27th, 2015, 03:55 PM
It's right here! :)

Dealer Locater on Meguiar.com (http://www.meguiars.com/dealerlocator/)


And I'll edit the above link to make it go to the correct page. Once in a while they move things around on meguiars.com and then the links don't always work on this forum.

Thanks! :xyxthumbs This is the message you get when you follow those links.
We're sorry, but the page you are looking for has been moved or is no longer on our site.

We're sorry, but the page you are looking for has been moved or is no longer on our site.

rookie1
Mar 27th, 2015, 03:59 PM
Sorry about the above, my paste didn't work. This is what you get when you go to either of the links. "We're sorry, but the page you are looking for has been moved or is no longer on our site".

syswizard
Jan 4th, 2018, 04:46 PM
My experience has been that it is tough to find ONE STORE with all of the popular Meguiars products.
It took me 4 different stores before I found M205.
Of course, EVERY STORE had M105....LOL !!

Stores in my area include Pep Boys, Walmart, Advanced Auto, and AutoZone.