Vehicle valets, car cleaners
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
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.
You can get more advice about working as a car valet from Autocity.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
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.