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Old 25-07-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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Guide/Info On Starting Up A Mobile Valeting Business

Right fellas sorry if this is in the wrong section so mods please move if need be.

Im now in a position of probably being made redundant from work after 8 yrs and im considering my options.
Being a mobile valeter has always appealed to me but i could do with advice on whether or not this is a viable business and how big the market is, as i live in lincoln its quite a small city and im worried it wouldnt be able to sustain me?

ive spoken to a couple of car dealers who either use inhouse valeters or get mobiles in but pay them hardly anything, although my market would primarily be aimed at private owners.

If anyones got some advice it would greatly be appreciated as i need to start sooner rather than later (mortgage,woman,car to keep happy and provided for)
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Old 25-07-2006, 04:08 PM   #2
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Seems a big step to start up providing your livelyhood. Would it not be btter to at least secure a part time job with a secure company, the valet in your part time. If the potential is there then go at it full time?
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Old 25-07-2006, 04:18 PM   #3
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that is an option ive considered but id need a van and having it sat outside not working for me for say 20 or 30 hrs a week whilst costing me money to buy doesnt seem too appealing!
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why dont you sell your car,and buy a van,i did,and i only valet part time,and just use my van as my regular transport....
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ha ha,fair enough,i did aswell,but needs must if you know what i meen!!
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Yeah i know mate! I reckon borrowing around 10k would pay for van and equipment.

So, are there any mobile valeters on here who can help?
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PS what van do you have matey?
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There isnt really any money in valeting... I know as I have been doing it part time for a few years now and basically have given it up and advertise as a 'detailer' ... more and more of the jobs I do now are details and this is more rewarding to myself being a perfectionist.

The REAL problem I had was spending far too much time on a valet to please the customer when I should have been spending a set amount of time per vehicle and turning them round quickly... but this meant in my eyes rushing the job and not giving 100% - like I said I am a perfectionist so it wasnt working for me...

I also found general valetting difficult on my own... you could really use a 2nd pair of hands which would make alot of jobs much easier and also quicker but its more expense... as is getting started up with a van, etc

I think alot of the problem is too much competition due to being alot of car valeters out there... new hand car washes, specialist cleaning products can now be bought easily and so on - this is all going against general vehicle valeters.

To be honest if I was going to do general valeting again properly (I still do it now and again if needed) then would try and do trade only contracts... this would ensure a high turn over of cars in the same places which would help keep costs down...

I suspect you will not be able to generate the income you desire working for private sector only ... keep in mind most valets go for around £70 - £90 depending on where you are in the country... even if you get two bookings a day minus tax, vat and expenses you are unlikely to make the money you are after.

I hope this helps - people may not agree but its my 2p
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very good advice there ^^
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