Job type

Car valet

£15k - £21k

Typical salary

18 – 45

Hours per week

Car valets clean the inside and outside of motor vehicles.

More info

  • Requires a methodical approach, a strong attention to detail, and excellent customer service skills
  • Option to go on to start your own car valeting business
  • May require you to wear protective clothing such as goggles if you are using strong cleaning chemicals


  • Use high-pressure hoses to clean vehicles
  • Clean windows, wheels, door handles and mirrors
  • Vacuum and shampoo upholstery and carpets
  • Wax and polish surfaces
  • Apply gels and other finishes to bumpers and trims
  • Steam clean engines, frames and wheel arches
  • Collect and deliver vehicles


Some valets specialise in cleaning certain types of vehicle, like classic cars. You could be based in one place or you might work from a mobile unit. Some car valets will be paid an hourly rate. Overtime and shift payments can increase your earnings. Part-time work and overtime may be available. You'll often be working outdoors at garages, workshops or on customers' premises. 

With a mobile valeting service, you'll travel from job to another. Some employers will provide you with a uniform.

You'll need

The ideal person for this role will have a methodical approach, strong attention to detail, and excellent customer service skills.

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 may need a driving licence for some jobs.


With experience, you could go on to start your own business.