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How much for a car wash / mini valet?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
Just wondering what's the going rate around the country for a hand car wash including a polish / hoover inside. This wasn't a full valet by any means but I was pretty pleased with £8 for the above - was in Luton.
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  • A mini valet is about £20 round here.

    Just a wash is £3 and wash and dry is £5 so you did well for £8!
  • Will you still be pleased next time the suns out and it looks scratched to fcuk?
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    Will you still be pleased next time the suns out and it looks scratched to fcuk?


    :beer:

    Exactly, where do we start with this thread?
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    I don't think there is any logic to saying a £20 or £50 valet is less likely to result in scratches than an £8 one. I don't believe the person doing it is rationalising to themselves "This is a cheapo so I will use the extra abrasive sponge".

    The only guarantee is to do it yourself.

    I remember seeing a TV show about the guy who does Rod Stewart's cars a few years ago - his services were something ludicrous like £2000 per car. I guess if there are people stupid enough to buy "Do ya think I'm sexy" then there is a pop star stupid enough to want his cars cleaned with a toothbrush.

    Maybe even he had an off day and scratched Rod's 18th Ferrari with a hangnail.
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    I pay £5 for a wash, £9 for wash and wax, £12 for wash wax and hoover.
    A proper valet costs about £30 and they do an amazing job!
  • £15 for a mini valet and £50 for a steam valet in the closed down petrol station near here.

    Never been disappointed by the £15 version so never bothered paying £50.

    Never scratched.
  • Costs me my time, other than some water and detegent and the use of the vacuum cleaner and interior/glass cleaners.

    Be a cold day in hell before i let such as the typical roadside car wash crew loose on my vehicles.

    I see the typical car wash customers as i drive past, often they are slouched/leaning on the wall in all their rotund glory watching (phew must be tiring for them), good wall that to stand the strain.
  • Costs me my time, other than some water and detegent and the use of the vacuum cleaner and interior/glass cleaners.

    Be a cold day in hell before i let such as the typical roadside car wash crew loose on my vehicles.

    I see the typical car wash customers as i drive past, often they are slouched/leaning on the wall in all their rotund glory watching (phew must be tiring for them), good wall that to stand the strain.

    Heaven forbid someone takes their car to a car wash, they must be fat and/or lazy to do so.

    What a knob
  • sinbad182 wrote: »
    Heaven forbid someone takes their car to a car wash, they must be fat and/or lazy to do so.

    What a knob

    Touched a nerve...:rotfl:
  • Costs me my time, other than some water and detegent and the use of the vacuum cleaner and interior/glass cleaners.

    Be a cold day in hell before i let such as the typical roadside car wash crew loose on my vehicles.
    Which is, of course, the correct MSE approach to the task.
    I see the typical car wash customers as i drive past, often they are slouched/leaning on the wall in all their rotund glory watching (phew must be tiring for them), good wall that to stand the strain.
    Typical? I'm a tad rotund myself, but enjoy dropping my car off in the morning and collecting it in the evening.

    The walking I do in the hours between will do me far more good than cleaning the car.
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