Car valet

Vehicle valets, car cleaners

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Car valets clean the inside and outside of motor vehicles.

Salary range: £14,000 to £16,500

How to become a car valet

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct application

You can apply directly to work as a car valet. There are no set requirements, but it may be useful if you’ve got some experience in the motor trade, or in a related area like industrial or office cleaning.

More information

Further information

You can get more advice about working as a car valet from Autocity.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • using high-pressure hoses to clean vehicles
  • cleaning windows, wheels, door handles and mirrors
  • vacuuming and shampooing upholstery and carpets
  • waxing and polishing surfaces
  • applying gels and other finishes to bumpers and trims
  • steaming clean engines, frames and wheel arches
  • collecting and delivering vehicles

Working environment

You could work at a garage, at a car dealership, in a workshop or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You could go on to start your own business.

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