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Car Valeting

Discussion in 'Motors' started by MiNxYyY, 26 Apr 2010.

  1. MiNxYyY

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    Anyone work for a company who specialise in car valeting?

    Have been offered a full time job doing car valeting and was wondering what its like?

    I know its more advanced than just washing the car inside and out so id like to know a little more about it.
     
  2. scorchisio

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    it involves detailed internal cleaning, vacuuming, brushing sweeping, buffing up the dashboard etc. You can charge a fair bit more to dog owners if the car is full of hair, however a lot of valets will not touch a car thats covered in dog hair. (it can ruin your equipment etc and its a right pain to tidy up)
     
  3. MiNxYyY

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    Is it a good business to get into?
     
  4. arknor

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    its not one of those firms that operate out of a multi-story carpark is it?
     
  5. Greebo

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    Don't work for one but use a company. To be honest it looks like really hard work and I imagine you are under intense pressure to get it done in a certain time.

    For the £25 they charge us, wash and polish outside, carpets vacuumed and washed, interior all clean, I imagine the guy who actually does it gets paid very little above minimum wage. They supply all the equipment and cleaning materials and come to our premises!

    I wouldn't do it for the £25 we pay them!
     
  6. arknor

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    probably go home with back ache every night
     
  7. gatzi

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    In my experience they do a bloody thorough job

    All inside vacuumed and polished and outside is polished/buffed and even the wheels were done immaculately

    Seems like very hard work! As they say above they do it very quickly and probably for not much cash
     
  8. Cosimo

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    Have you tried asking in Motors?

    :)
     
  9. Jambo

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    Yes but extremely hard work according to my mobile car valeter.
     
  10. Kenai

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    Call it detailing and you can charge 5 times as much.
     
  11. log1K

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    Detailing includes 5 times as much work though!
     
  12. deuse

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    Take a look at Paul dalton's work ;)
     
  13. I get around

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    Valeting is fairly simple.
    Detailing is where the insanity starts.
     
  14. paradigm

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    So, they don't seal or wax?

    I'd rather they didn't bother then.
     
  15. MiNxYyY

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    Well ive just spoke to them and they have told me i would be based at Audi.

    Half 7 - 5 mon - thurs, half 7 - half 2 friday and 8 - 12 on a saturday.

    £7.56 basic rate, saturday goes to £8.10

    So il give it a go :)
     
  16. paradigm

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    Not a bad rate of pay I guess, but 07:30-17:00? No thanks.
     
  17. MiNxYyY

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    whats wrong with those hours?

    last few jobs ive applied for were offering half 9 - 6ish everyday.. stuff that, id rather start and finish early
     
  18. paradigm

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    But you WON'T be finishing early, you will be finishing at 5, yet starting early.

    FWIW, I work 07:30-15:30 or 08:00-16:00. 7.5 hrs a day (30 minute lunch) 37.5 hrs a week (well technically only 36.5 but that's because we get to leave an hour early on Fridays).
     
  19. MiNxYyY

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    Hmm , i could do with the extra hours anyway :)
     
  20. bledd

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    My hands / back kill after just washing my own car