Starting Your Own Mobile Car Valeting Business

If you’re looking for a business that will allow you to work when and where you want, then starting your own mobile car valeting business might be just what you need! In this article, we’ll discuss the setup and running costs plus the importance of customer service and how to make sure that it is an effective part of your small business.

Set Up Costs for a Mobile Car Valeting Business

Firstly the main outlay will include a good size van that will be large enough for all your equipment.

Equipment such as a water tank, generator, vacuum cleaner, power washer, tools, and cleaning products will need to be stored safely in your vehicle, it may be necessary to fit some racking into the van to hold these items securely.

You can start off your business with medium-quality equipment and as your business grows allowing you to upgrade to much better quality tools and equipment as you can afford to do so.

Business insurance will also be required for a mobile car valeting business this will include, business van insurance, public liability insurance. Tools and equipment insurance would also be a good idea but this could be added to your insurance policy as you can afford to do so.

Advertising your services can also come at a cost, when first starting out social media is a good place to start to keep the costs to a minimum, start a business Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or even YouTube can all bring you trade by targeting the local area that your services are available. Once you are working regularly then you may want to invest in a website or start a Google Adwords campaign to boost the advertising for your car valeting business.

Choosing The Best Valeting Tools and Equipment

When you start using valeting equipment it soon becomes obvious which tools and products perform well for you. make some notes of the equipment that you are satisfied with, and try to stick to that brand or product if you are getting the best results.

Reach out to other valeters on social media or forums and see what they are using to clean cars in their mobile car valeting business.

Equipment Needed For Mobile Valeting

Water Tank

A water supply may not be available so having a water supply in your van is essential, water tanks come in all shapes and sizes so find one that works best for your vehicle.


A power supply may not always be available when valeting a car so a generator will ensure you can carry out your work without any delay or problems with finding a power source.

Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is an essential piece of equipment for car valeting it is something you will use regularly so try to purchase the best one you can afford as this will save you money in the long run.

Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is important for car interior cleaning, I would recommend a wet and dry vacuum cleaner for car valeting as it will help you to provide a top-quality cleaning service for your customers.


A dual-action polisher is important for car valeting allowing you to remove fine scratches and swirl marks on a customer’s car’s paintwork, a polisher can also save you valuable time with the valeting process.

The items listed above are the main pieces of equipment needed for your mobile car cleaning business, other items required will include power extension lead, hose pipe, buckets with grit guards, microfibre cloths, and detailing brushes.

Also, you will require a good selection of cleaning products, such as a general purpose cleaner, car shampoo, car polish, glass polish, upholstery cleaner, and trim cleaner.

Be Prepared for a Full Days Car Valeting

Make sure you know your workload, how many vehicles can you clean in a day, it is also important to carry all the items you need for a full day’s work as running back to your home base to get equipment can be costly.

Pre Planning your workday can save you valuable time and money

Preplanning your workday can save you valuable time and money. Write down what needs to be done, how long it takes for the job, and which products need to be used in order of importance.

Liaise with your customer to ensure that they can fit into your schedule, waiting for a customer to return home can cost you time and money.

Ensure everything is done so that you don’t have any problems, simple things like ensuring you have petrol in your generator, water in your water tank, your extension leads aren’t left in the shed at home can all help you to provide a better service and keep your costs to a minimum.

Starting Your Own Mobile Car Cleaning Business Video

I found this great video below about starting a mobile valeting business, It is very good and demonstrates much of what we have covered in this article and is well worth a watch.

Customer Service

An important part of a mobile valeters customer service is providing a professional quality service at all times, getting good feedback from customers is very important to maintain a good business model.

Here are a few things to consider when providing a good service for your customers.

  • Good Time Keeping
  • Accurate Pricing
  • Good Workmanship
  • Offer a Receipt for work carried out
  • Clean the work area after the job is complete
  • Offer a discount for repeat custom
  • Always be polite even if the job sometimes stresses you out
  • Make notes of any damage to a vehicle before starting your work and make sure the customer is aware

Thank you for reading this article “Starting Your Own Mobile Car Valeting Business” I hope you found it useful. If you are a mobile car valeter it would be great to hear about your experiences leave a comment below or head on over to the Car Valeting Facebook Group.

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