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How to become a Car Valet

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What does a Car Valet do?

Car valets supply a cleaning and finishing service for car owners, users and dealers.

They clean the exteriors of vehicles using high-pressure hoses, dry them with chamois leathers, apply wax, and polish them by hand or with an electric buffer. Valets apply gels and other finishes to bumpers and trims, and paint rubber dressing on the side walls of tyres.

Interior work includes vacuuming, and shampooing carpets and seats, and using chemicals to lift stains. Valets clean the dashboard and trims with cleaning agents and dress or polish the windows, dashboard and trims. They may also steam clean engines. Duties could include answering customers' enquiries and encouraging them to place orders.

Some valets work from mobile units containing water, generator, power washer and wet/dry vacuum. Some of these may provide other services such as cleaning domestic carpets.

What's the working environment like working as a Car Valet?

Working hours may vary. Weekend and seasonal work are common. There may be some overtime. Part-time opportunities are widely available.

The work takes place inside and outside at garages, workshops, and on customers' premises. Mobile valeting involves a lot of driving.

Valets come into contact with oil and grease and work with potentially hazardous cleaning agents.Overalls, gloves and safety spectacles are worn where there is a risk to health or safety.

What does it take to become a Car Valet?

As a car valet, you will need:

  • to be physically fit
  • to be methodical and able to pay attention to detail
  • the ability to read and follow safety procedures and understand manufacturers' instructions and warnings
  • to be self-motivated - able to work on your own without direct supervision, or as a member of a small team
  • a friendly attitude to deal with customers.

Car Valet Career Opportunities

Most openings are in car dealerships or garages where valets prepare new and used cars for sale. Opportunities also exist with mobile valeting firms, which are often run under franchise. They cater for private customers and work under contract to dealerships or garages.

Other employers include independent valeting companies, though these usually only employ a few staff, and car rental firms.

Promotion may be possible to supervisor, or to area manager in big firms offering services to different garages. It is possible to become self-employed, catering for private or commercial users and for dealerships.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Car Valet that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS)
9 Premier Court
Boarden Close
Moulton Park
Tel: 01604 678710

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)
SG13 8PQ
Tel: 01992 511521

Automotive Skills
93 Newman Street
Tel: 0800 093 1777

Asset Skills
2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Helpline: 08000 567160

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