Starting a Car Washing and Valeting Service

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Car washing and valeting services, also referred to as 'detailing' services, carry out hand washing, waxing and polishing, as well as vacuuming and window and upholstery cleaning. Additional services include leather cleaning, deodorising, minor paint repairs and applying protective coatings to upholstery and paint.

Car washing and valeting services usually trade either from fixed premises, such as a small industrial unit, or on a mobile basis, and serve both private and commercial customers, including taxi and private hire firms, vehicle dealerships and vehicle repair services. Valeting services must comply with strict environmental regulations regarding the disposal of waste water produced in the cleaning process. In Scotland, mobile valeting services require a licence to trade from their local authority.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a car washing and valeting service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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