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Posted by helpinghands (helpinghands), 27 January 2004
hi

we run a cleaning company in andover and we are thinking of doing car cleaning services  could someone give me some advice on how much to charge

say full valet

mini valet

just ouside of the car clean and so on

many thanks

helping hands[b][/b]
Posted by seanc (seanc), 27 January 2004
hi carl/paul  good luck  Roll Eyes
Posted by Auto_Groom (Auto_Groom), 27 January 2004
depending on the size,mess and if there is leather?
mini valet from 25.00 full valet from 40.00 extra 20 for leather interior.
hope this helps.
Andy
Posted by Les (Les), 27 January 2004
It might be an idea to mystery shop some valeters in your area to get an idea of the local 'going rate'
One tip from my experience is to allow plenty of time if asked to " JUST valet my 4WD / MPV , it's a BIT grubby on the inside from the school run and oh yes we do  have a dog".
This is customer speak meaning, "The inside is completely trashed from my out of control kids and all their friends, and we keep the hounds in it for the local hunt" Grin Grin
Otherwise Good Luck  Wink
Posted by Charles_@_lakeland (lakeland), 27 January 2004
Hello,

Are you going to be mobile or have clients coming to your premises? Fixing your tariffs would depend on the area in which you are operating.

Setting your prices I would always advise you to state starting from

A regular valet starting from 16.00

1 star valet 16.00
2 star            30.00      
3 star            38.00
4 star         55.00

I operate all over the country and set my tariffs according to the area. I charge 80.00 in London for a showroom valet. For the same valet in Liverpool I would charge 60.00. I would be more that happy to send you a brochure and lists of treatments we offer our clients. Use your local yellow pages to see who your competition is. Phone them asking them to give you a quote. Great business and very enjoyable but be warned hard work at times. Do your research now you client base and the products you use.

Regards
Lakeland


Smiley


Posted by helpinghands (helpinghands), 28 January 2004
hi

thanks for your help could you send me some details

to

helpinghands@ukonline.co.uk
Posted by LTT (LTT), 28 January 2004
Excellent products now available for cleaning leather car interiors - give us a ring on 01423 881027
Regards
Judy
Posted by petra (petra), 28 January 2004
I find the prochem leather cleaner and the conditioner is excellent and I used it today (helping Auto Groom) on a Discovery and the results were fabulous, the owner was well impressed.
Petra
Posted by stevekennedy (stevekennedy), 4 February 2004
Hi all,

I tried to set up a valeting business in Edinburgh some years ago but was prevented by the council. They had issues with the waste water. Said I couldn't wash vehicles commercially in the street. Needed to make sure all the waste water went down public sewer or was collected up and disposed of.

Anyone found this to be a problem? Any way round it?
Posted by Les (Les), 4 February 2004
Hi Steve,
Cleaning cars without water eh? Roll Eyes
Have you tried Clean_waterless who is this group?
I'm thinking of giving their stuff a trial run.
Les Wink
Posted by stevekennedy (stevekennedy), 4 February 2004
Yeah, noticed that. Seems interesting. Just bought a pure water window cleaning machine. Thought about doing the odd car with it.
Posted by gwrightson (gwrightson), 4 February 2004
not done any car interiors yet
but have been approached by a local franchise outlet
were an accaintance happens to work, he asked me if would be interested in cleaning the interiors,
never gave them a second thought untill he mentioned they pay around 70 just for inside  cleaning  makes me wonder maybe i should give it a go  is this a good rate
geoff
Posted by Auto_Groom (Auto_Groom), 4 February 2004
thats a very good rate if they are cars and not vans.
Andy
Posted by Les (Les), 4 February 2004
Hi Geoff,
If it's not a Winnibago(?) franchise that's a very nice rate for interiors. Grin
Sounds like worth giving it a go.
Interior car cleaning has it's moments, (see my comments above re: Customer Speak)
Best of luck and let us know how you get on
Les
Posted by Les (Les), 4 February 2004
HI Steve,
Hang on..... Cleaning cars without water was one thing, now cleaning them with Window Cleaning gear, that's got to be a first ! Grin Grin Wink
P.S. Obviously if it works let me know and I'll be making it a second  Grin
You just never know we might start a trend, but don't let them boys on the window group know Tongue
Posted by Ian_G. (Ian_Gourlay), 5 February 2004
What do you have to do when you clean car interiors

Are we talking about a hover dash polish etc.

Or HWE cleaning

Those of you who do Valeting how many cars can you do in a day.

What Marketing method do you use.
Posted by Les (Les), 5 February 2004
Hi Ian,
Interior valets cane be as little or as much as the customer wants. Most of them just suddenly realise that the interior of their car looks disgusting, (or worse) Grin and want you to make it look beautiful again, (bit like plastic surgery).
The 'kiddy' and 'doggy' ones are usually the worst and will normally require HWE. This is always an awkward one because in an MPV you can spend nearly as much time as cleaning a couple of sofas, but can't really charge as much. Cry
I do some work for a garage & they are just testing a 'Deoderising Bomb' basically in aerosol form, pop it in the 'smelly' vehicle, press the button and it goes off for approx 3 mins completely impregnating the interior with a choice of lovely odours, (Hi Karate/Old Spice that sort of thing) Shocked. Or in this case, the car, their office and the streets within a 100 yards of their premises Cheesy Grin
I do some local advertising but fortunately most comes by word of mouth or people seeing me do the job in their street. Or they come out to see where the nice aroma is coming from like the "Aah Bisto" advert Tongue Wink
Posted by wreelyclean_servic (Wreelyclean Services), 28 February 2004
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin...I wonder if my wheely bin gear will clean car interiorsHuh? Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

70 for the inside of a car ehHuh?

I wouldn`t think twice...go on give it a whirl....you can only make money can`t you... Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted by no_water_no_wet (no_water_no_wet), 19 March 2004
I have the perfect solution to this, you become a waterless car valeter i distribute no-wet to waterless valeters in surrey and before you all laugh ask people like Blue Planet Valeting Ltd who used to be traditional valetersand now turn away work as they are so busy.
Best wishes
Lyn.on 02/04/04 at 17:14:04, stevekennedy wrote:
Hi all,

I tried to set up a valeting business in Edinburgh some years ago but was prevented by the council. They had issues with the waste water. Said I couldn't wash vehicles commercially in the street. Needed to make sure all the waste water went down public sewer or was collected up and disposed of.

Anyone found this to be a problem? Any way round it?


Posted by no_water_no_wet (no_water_no_wet), 19 March 2004
Les
Have a look at www.blueplanetvaleting.com they are the no1 waterless in the south.

Regards
Lyn Smileyon 02/04/04 at 18:01:00, Les wrote:
Hi Steve,
Cleaning cars without water eh? Roll Eyes
Have you tried Clean_waterless who is this group?
I'm thinking of giving their stuff a trial run.
Les Wink


Posted by Ian_G. (Ian_Gourlay), 24 March 2004
How many companies are there selling waterless products.

Is it the same firm

or diffrent importers.



Posted by jb_valet (jb_valet), 24 March 2004
hi Les and Steve

i,m a newbie from surrey and have just come on to see how all this works, i have done work for blueplanet and they are waterless and i take my hat of to them very good ones at that.

i have been a normal valeter for years and got intrested about six months ago in waterless products but did not pursue it due to i did not believe it would be any good.

i then found quite a few companies had stopped valeters coming on site due to their sudden change of rules regarding water, i tracked down some waterless products and the stuff was more of a glaze than a good quality polish and then i saw a advert from blueplanet seeking tempory contract valeters but must use their waterless products, i went along and sure enough they were using waterless products but not the glaze type.
they use a product called no wet and i for one have been converted, it is a really good product and long lasting.
I now use a mixture of both as it helps me in the corporate market, i cant afford to go 100%waterless as most people still cant get their heads around it, and most dealers wont use it not because it,s not good enough but because it,s to expensive compared to free water.


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