Job type

Car valet

£15k - £25k

Typical salary

35 – 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

Car valets ensure that both customer and company vehicles are cleaned and prepared efficiently to the highest standards. Car valets may work in a garage or depot, preparing vehicles for sale or rental.


  • 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


You could be working outdoors at garages, workshops or on customers' premises. Some valets specialise in cleaning certain types of vehicle, like classic cars. 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.  

With a mobile valeting service, you'll travel from job to another. Some employers will provide you with a uniform and you may need to wear protective clothing such as gloves and overalls.

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 as your duties may include moving and delivering vehicles to customers.


With experience, you could become a team leader, or go on to start your own business.