We hear about people offering valeting services, often offering "unbeatable prices" etc etc. There is a reason why you see these things. In order to be cheap, they have to keep their costs as low as possible.
One way of doing that is using cheap trade valeting products. Yes they may be cheap, but that shine soon disappears, because they just aren't durable enough.
Another, more worrying way, is to not pay for insurance. As a legal minimum, they should have public ability cover, in case someone should trip over a hose or cable. Many don't have this basic insurance. Also, do they move your vehicle at all? If so, they need another insurance cover to do that, called road risks. What happens if a piece of equipment damages your car? Yes, that's another insurance policy needed, often known as 'items worked on' or service indemnity cover. And if they have a workshop, there is another insurance policy required in order to cover your vehicle while it's on their premises.
A professional valeting company will have the following cover:
- Public Liability
- Road Risks
- Items Worked
- Workshop Cover (if they have a unit)
The next time you are offered a 'cheap' valet, ask yourself why it's cheap