We all know that there have been records broken when it comes to car prices. The Bugatti Veyron was the first to cross that million Pound threshold and this was followed by a few more like the Aston Martin One-77. In the beginning of this century no one would have thought possible. Yes, we had Ferraris going for a cool £ 700,000 plus those days and a few Zondas close to that magic figure. Whatever the fact these ultra expensive cars need ultra expensive car wash and valet to go with it; £7,200 per vehicle. A car wash high score or record I reckon. Imagine doing that to your 10 year old Nissan Sunny.
How does Gurcharn Sahota of Derbyshire, U.K charge that much for a wash and wax? Quite easy, 250hours to clean each vehicle using 100 kinds of cleaning fluids as well as polishing and buffing each car 5 times. In order to make each car perfect, he also uses a computerised microscope to look for the smallest scratches that aren't actually visible to most normal people. Talk about being the ultimate stickler for detail.
Mr Sahota who has an accounting degree, works alone in his parents house, where the double car garage has been converted into a workshop with the help of his very supportive parents. The garage has a pit like most garages but he uses this to go underneath the cars to scrub off all the grime in all the places where the sun don't shine. If you get my drift.
This 30 year old chap started this car valeting service about 5 years ago by starting small and also because of his love of cars. 'Small' means he started washing his neighbour's cars like what we would normally use, a bucket and a sponge. Somehow word spread about his services and he also realised that people with ultra expensive cars want the best treatment and are willing to pay thousands of Pounds to keep their car ridiculously clean.
His clients include Premier League Footballers, Rock Stars, Celebrity Lawyers. This list of clients grew from the break he got by asking/begging an Aston Martin dealer to let him valet a DB9 for free. The dealer was very impressed and the dealer passed on his details to his clients and it has snowballed to this day. Elite Detailing, as his company is called has opened up a second workshop in Worcester.
He has detailed Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and also his favourite, a McLaren F1 to name a few. I suppose his VW Golf GTI must also be the cleanest, most perfect looking Golf GTI around. I don't suppose we have a S$10,000 or so car wash service for all those driving those nice cars around here do you?
Mr Sahota's car washing tips:
1. Use warm soapy water.
2. Add warm water mixed with a PH neutral shampoo in one and plain water in the other.
3. Use a lamb's wool wash mitt which only costs £8 and is better than a sponge.
4. Always wash from the top down.
5. Use different cloths on the bodywork and wheels.
6. Avoid acidic and high-alkaline wheel cleaners and any silicone-based products because they stain.
7. Use a towel instead of a chamois leather to dry the car.
8. Always check the cleaning materials regularly to make sure there's no dirt in them.
9. Always dry the bodywork in small circles to prevent streaking.
10. Take your time and enjoy washing the car.