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#1 06-01-09 20:49:29

Larry
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Valeting

Just out of interest how much do you allow in your expenses each week  for the cost of valeting your car? How many of  you pay someone else to do it? Is there anyone out there who pays themselves to do the job each week? Be interested to know.

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#2 06-01-09 21:01:43

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Re: Valeting

I have an account with the local handwash carwash near us, washed twice a week (more if needed) and hoovered once a week.

£5 a pop for wash, £10 inc thorough vacuum, dash and dress tyres. £30 wax

Waxed twice a year.

Would do it myself, but have caused damage to my already chronic bad back and have been expressly forbidden by the Doctor, consultant, physio and wife.

I put it all through the books, dont think you could pay yourself though.


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#3 06-01-09 21:27:27

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Re: Valeting

I seem to be washing my car at least every other day and sometimes daily at this time of the year, so I do it myself otherwise I would be out a fortune.  Can`t imagine being able to pay yourself, maybe a family member?


Pays to keep the car clean, I was behind one of the bigger local school cars at the weekend that obviously hadn`t been washed for a while and my pupil commented "he obviously cares about his job with a car in that state".  An other pupil last month told me she stopped her first instructor because the car was always "bogging" and she was embarrassed to be seen in it.

I have an account with the local handwash carwash near us, washed twice a week (more if needed) and hoovered once a week.

Wouldn`t be Pitstop on Hillhall Road would it?



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#4 06-01-09 22:08:58

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Re: Valeting

Wouldn`t be Pitstop on Hillhall Road would it?

Yep, you seen our adboard there?   tongue


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#5 06-01-09 22:36:42

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Re: Valeting

Yep, you seen our adboard there?   tongue

No haven`t seen it, I would use them sometime, have known Paul who owns the service station for years and Nigel who works there.


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#6 07-01-09 08:05:56

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Re: Valeting

Tend to do it myself, wheel cleaner and cloth then jet wash, mircofibre cloth to dry, some of that new fangled wax it wet stuff then polish, looks great.  Costs about £2-4 Max!  Takes good 20mins though!


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#7 07-01-09 11:56:05

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Re: Valeting

All done myself, powerwasher and bucket of water, finished to dry with a blade and drying cloth.

Takes around 45 mins, can't see the point in paying somebody else to do a worse job unless you are physically unable.

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#8 07-01-09 18:58:52

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Re: Valeting

Went to wash the car with the jetwash on Saturday.Problem was that it was so cold the hose was iced up and water wasn't coming through ! I live up a narrow lane which gets really muddy so no sooner do I clean the car than it gets dirty again. In this weather, with all the dirt on the normal roads, all cars get really dirty very quickly.

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#9 07-01-09 19:35:16

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Re: Valeting

Herein lies another quandry when you buy a car - what colour?

Mine's black so doesn't get washed as much as it should but you can't really tell until the salt dries out so it's normally once a week, £1.50 in the jetwash and 70p in the vacuum.

My old heap of an estate is allegedly white but after 13 years it's more of a permanent grey lol

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#10 07-01-09 20:27:33

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Re: Valeting

Washed the car this morning at 8am, bad idea as the temp was -2 and the water was freezing on the car as I was washing it.  Also froze on the driveway and I nearly broke my back when I slipped on the bit that just iced up. Car wash next time I think. sad

#11 14-01-09 08:35:01

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Re: Valeting

I live off a country lane, so the car can get filthy just by popping home for lunch! Keep it as clean as i can under the circumstances. I actually find the dirt shows up quite a lot on black cars, which is what I have. I usually use the jetwash at the local garage about 3 times a week and hand clean it at other times.

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#12 14-01-09 18:01:50

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Re: Valeting

Hi
Contact your local tax office and enquire about claiming for car cleaning , most D.I.Y. type car washes at garages do not issue receipts or invoices but if you talk to 'your' tax office you should be able to find out what they will accept as proof for claims...as they say....every little helps!
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