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Re: Newbie

Hi Tony

Welcome to the best forum

Looking forward to seeing your awesome work appearing on here

Chris
by Shine My Ride
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:24 pm
 
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Re: Detailing brands and 'paid' reviews

It's almost a taboo subject publicly it seems.

There are lots of rumours about who taps up whom, particulary on that other forum. We've all seen what are effectively standard products, through a mix of labelling, marketing, and back-scratching end up being touted as the best thing since the wheel was invented.

I totally agree with the sentiment about more transparency about products. Lets be up front about it all. We've seen others copy us before ;)
by Shine My Ride
Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:30 pm
 
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Re: Mobile Car Valeting Detailing Services in Cheltenham on

Good attention to detail.

Great result.


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by Spic & Spanners Valeting
Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:40 am
 
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Re: Mobile Car Valeting Detailing Services in Cheltenham on

That does look good mate nice one...
by G3valeting
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:05 am
 
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Re: Anti-Fog Products?

Anti-fog products, in my experience, are extremely hit and miss. The car pro product does work for some but there are so very many people who cannot get it to either work or go one without looking awful when the street lights shine on it. To be honest, I think car pro are battering their head against a wall with that one. From a technical perspective, it is not difficult to do a product which gives anti-fog characteristics. The easiest way to do it, by far, is in a glass cleaner. In practice it is not even something that would make the product dramatically more expensive. Were we in retail (which we are not and never will be), there would be no trouble retailing an anti-fog glass cleaner for the same money as some of the fanboy brands charge for their bog standard product. Performance - hit and miss. The trouble really is when someone has been at the inside of the car with silicones. Many people don't realise it, but those 'pink sheen' or dash dressings, almost always have silicones in there. If there has been spraying onto the dash then it gets on the glass. Once it is there, it is a disaster to get rid of. Most of the time, you dissolve it in one spot and spread it about somewhere else. The silicones do absolutely the opposite of the anti-fog product. That means that you cannot form the nice even film of the anti-fog coating because the silicone causes it to break up. So then the performance fails. At least, when it is in a glass cleaner, the glass ends up looking OK, either way. With the dedicated products, there is a fair chance that you just end up with neither AF performance or clean glass.
by PiP
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:35 pm
 
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Re: Audi RS5 - Mobile Detailing Bridge Of Weir

Kleen Machine wrote:Nice motor , top job how did u find that Fall out?

Cheers Tony, very effective cleaning power and best I've used to date.
by DMD Detailing
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:43 pm
 
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Re: Executive Valet in Cheltenham - Saab 93

Nice turn around


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by kev1789
Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:31 pm
 
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Re: Executive Valet in Cheltenham - Saab 93

Nice one to get your teeth into. Deffo added a few quid to that. lol.

Looks amazeballs... sorry. lol.
by Spic & Spanners Valeting
Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:43 am
 
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Re: Executive Valet in Cheltenham - Saab 93

Looking #Splendid [emoji106]
by DMD Detailing
Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:26 pm
 
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Re: Executive Valet in Cheltenham - Saab 93

Aye. Good work. Is the garage yours?.. and if so I'm jealous:)
by icleananycar
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:22 pm
 
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Re: Executive Valet in Cheltenham - Saab 93

Nice work you done there, bet the owner was pleased.
by Superior Valeting
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:55 pm
 
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Re: Daimler limousine DS420 - DMD Mobile Car Valeting Servi

Cheers Tony, nice working on something a bit different.
by DMD Detailing
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:07 pm
 
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Re: Porsche Cayenne in Pitstone

I found the paint quite sticky, ok once I found my rhythm. I'm more used to BMW and Audi.


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by Car_clean
Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:46 am
 
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Lexus GS430

Lexus gs 4.3 v8 this thing is honestly a monster!!

Pre wash with autobrite direct citrus wash
Wheels with achem alloy brite and angelwax revelations
Washed with prima hydrowash
Doorshuts fuel cap engine bay all with as g101
De tared with tardis
Revelations for fallout
Paint cleansed with autofinesse rejuvinate via microfibre finishing pad
2x coats of autobrite seal and protect
Victoria wax hyrbid

dont have any before unfortunetly completely forgot

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by in the details
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:16 pm
 
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Re: Executive Valet in Cheltenham - Saab 93

Fantastic turnaround Tony. As Darth Vader would say 'Impressive, very impressive'
by Car_clean
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:27 pm
 
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Who seen a picture of your van today??

Bet it wasn't as many as mine!!
Got the van a couple of months ago and seeing as my mate prints my graphics its taken until now to get them on, and within a week its been facebooked twittered and now 'the poke' have given me "Business name of the day" .
They say theres no such thing as bad publicity !!!

the poke
by spandau-valet
Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:44 pm
 
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Re: Marketing spending

I have internet stuff...website, google ads and facebook. I had the van sign written a couple of months ago, at a few hundred quid cost, but I think its helping. It seems to make it easier for passers by to stop and chat if you are next to a marked van. Pre sign writing nobody would stop on speak but now I hand out at least a couple of flyers every job.
by icleananycar
Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:52 pm
 
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Re: What transport does everybody use?

Here it is and I'm pretty chuffed with it. A couple of small dents and a few small scratches but otherwise spot on.
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by icleananycar
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:43 pm
 
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Re: Run rates

Interesting topic Garry. I too aim for the £25 per hour mark. An average full day valeting may be 3 to 5 cars, ranging from full valets to mini/maintenance valets. But.... After taking into account set up / pack up time, travel time and the odd chatty punter I'm left with around 5 to 6 hrs actual paid working time. (£125 - £150) Not too bad eh? Not really. Then you take into account the running costs mentioned above by Garry and you soon realise that your mates working at Tesco aren't that far behind you, and they work rain or shine, and get paid holidays, and sick pay, and..... What the fook are we working for ourselves for?... lol. This is where clever bookkeeping matters. There are allot of things that we can offset against our Tax bill, like use of home office for example. % of heating, % of water, phone, internet etc..... This is where the deficit can be clawed back. It really isn't the gravy train allot of people think. However, you do get some really good days.
by Spic & Spanners Valeting
Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:26 am
 
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Run rates

I thought it high time we discussed this topic , for those of you thinking i am showing off nothing could be further from the truth it's about trying to help others and get this profession as this is what it is and we are professionals after all's said and done ,and as such earning as much as we can is a given in my book .. When you consider our quite serious investment in tools for the job vans, machine polishers , pdg's chemicals etc we should as a profession be charging professional prices not £5 washes and full valets for £30 hence my post .
I understand location as an issue some parts of the country are not having it as good as others and as such prices differ but as a collective we should have a standard national pricing of around the same ball park figure imo .
For example my cheapest full valet ie bronze exterior foam -wash/dry- de-tar-ipa wipedown -wax wheels cleaned -glass cleaned -tyres dressed takes around an hr an ten minutes less if spray sealant -price medium car focus size £55 so by the time i take fuel ,chems , travel time to job tax etc i'm left with around £32 ph which is quite good on other jobs this can drop to around £23 ph still not bad but not something i feel happy about.
If for instance correction work this averages out at around £25 simply because the customer will not pay £35 ph if i can earn £250 a day i am over the moon (rare) .

My point also is this i started out in the beginning doing cheap valets to bring the work in (mistake) as you tend to get skips (zafiras) that take 6 hrs for £50 no money earnt after tax chems travel etc that tag is harder to shake than you think , you risk losing regs because at the start you were cheap then you hike up your prices to keep up with the dw flash harry earning £300 a day detailing bentleys an veyrons and you want some of that action but you cant because although your prices have gone up you get calls enquiring how much your full valet is and you don't want to lose the job so you do it a bit cheaper to gain the job , then you have a fractured pricing system . Not a good idea .

The other problem is travel or weather time , this knocks your run rate down quick as because you do your first job and its a 20 minute dash to your next job traffic jam ahead so you wait eating into your money earning time you arrive start the job and it chucks it down for 20 mins again making you later so making you late for your next job ,or a job you bargained taking 1 hr becomes 2 etc .
if your chucking out £5 washes or £12 wash vacs you've earnt sod all , the higher run rate absorbs some of this and does not make you feel like your chasing your arris for nothing.
Which takes me back to my first point professional business professional money.. All these things have to be taken into account when operating a business anything less than £20 per hour is a waste of time imo as after tax ni advertising etc your earning around £9-11 an hr if your lucky and will never survive..
by G3valeting
Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:21 pm
 
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Re: Run rates

An awesome post, if I may say.

I too think £25/hour is what we should be aiming for as an average.

I set up in August 2011. When I set my prices, I matched a local competitor that, in my opinion, was at the quality I was looking at. After a year, I came to the conclusion that £65 for a 4-5 hour valet was pointless, and I was booked a few days ahead. I then hooked up with Dave (in a non-sexual way Mark) and his expertise, combined with a rejig of the prices, it has got busier and busier. For much of 2013 I was booking four weeks ahead.

As has been said, this is a professional business, not a hand car wash, so lets price it accordingly
by Shine My Ride
Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:39 pm
 
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Re: Mobile Valeting near Langport - 2011 Renault Master Care

Kleen Machine wrote:Nice indepth job Chris

Thanks Tony

Shine My Ride - www.somersetvaleting.co.uk
by Shine My Ride
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:53 pm
 
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