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.
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.
As a car valet, you will need:
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.
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