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Thread: Mobile Auto Valeting

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    Default Mobile Auto Valeting

    Hi,


    I have decided to see if I can go it alone with my take on keeping Caithness's cars clean and shiny.

    I've been a petrol head for going on 40 years and I am fanatical about the appearance of cars. For many years I have prepped and shown classic cars in concourse competion and won many trophies for presentation of paintwork and engine bays and interiors.

    The area I will concentrate on to start off with is valeting.

    A valet will include; cleaning the interior dash, door cards, plastic trims vacuuming the carpets and seats, cleaning the door shuts, interior and exterior of the glass.

    The exterior will be the wheels and tyres cleaned, paintwork shampooed with a quality wash and wax product. bugs removed, Tar removed, exterior trim treated with a protector. Particular attention will be payed to the under wheel arch area.

    Prices will be:
    45 for a saloon car or coupe
    60 for a van, pickup, people carrier or 4x4

    These prices are for the Thurso Wick area. Further a field will attract a reasonable surcharge to cover travel time and mileage

    Additional services will include:

    Wax protection
    Carpet shampoo or local stain removal
    Leather interior clean and condition

    The above prices are for one off work, regular monthly valets, contracts etc. by negotiation.

    Small Print

    I reserve the right to refuse any job that I feel I cannot do justice to.

    Please make sure to remove personal effects and child seats/booster cushions and any debris such as drink cans bottles etc. from the car prior to me starting work.

    Thanks for looking.

    To book a valet please PM me or contact details:

    Ian

    01955 600431 Please leave a message and I will call you back.

    email: ijmakeadifference@yahoo.co.uk

    Oh, a couple of other things;

    I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Roy at Ecosseautodetailing all the very best in his new life as a potter

    If you need your car valeting this side of Xmas please, please let me know ASAP as it is bananas at the moment.

    And don't forget my unique motorcycle valeting service!
    Last edited by ducati; 27-Nov-10 at 11:48.

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    Good luck with it buddy! I see somebody else has also decided to start up around here aswell so some nice fresh competition for you :P

    Cheers for the comment 'potter'

    If your needing any equipment you know where theres a full kit forsale or bits separate

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    Quote Originally Posted by upolian View Post
    Good luck with it buddy! I see somebody else has also decided to start up around here aswell so some nice fresh competition for you :P

    Cheers for the comment 'potter'

    If your needing any equipment you know where theres a full kit forsale or bits separate
    Cheers dude, I'll give you a shout.

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    Ahh! strategic business planning (I'm an expert don't you know).

    In view of the current weather conditions I will be working right up to and including Christmas Eve, so if you need a valet once the weather has cleared (and I believe it is forcast to last for 2 weeks) , let me know and I will fit as many in as I can.
    Last edited by ducati; 28-Nov-10 at 10:34.

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    Default Promoting your business in Caithness

    I'm looking to discuss ideas with fellow business people and potential customers in Caithness on the best tools/methods to use.

    Obviously caithness.org is a highly popular medium and one that is kindly provided to us.

    I'm not a fan of websites for when your business is very local. No point in paying to promote your business in China is there?

    I like the idea of direct marketing via leaflet drops and posters, anyone have experience of the effectivness of this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducati View Post
    I'm looking to discuss ideas with fellow business people and potential customers in Caithness on the best tools/methods to use.

    Obviously caithness.org is a highly popular medium and one that is kindly provided to us.

    I'm not a fan of websites for when your business is very local. No point in paying to promote your business in China is there?

    I like the idea of direct marketing via leaflet drops and posters, anyone have experience of the effectivness of this?
    Build up a firm list of clients,they will speak more than flyers etc,recommendations will take you alot further than an advert,speaking from experience an advert just makes people aware of you not how good you are

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    Quote Originally Posted by upolian View Post
    Build up a firm list of clients,they will speak more than flyers etc,recommendations will take you alot further than an advert,speaking from experience an advert just makes people aware of you not how good you are
    True enough, word of mouth is the best advert, to promote yourself widely and quickly though, you need a method to persuade new customers to contact you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducati View Post
    True enough, word of mouth is the best advert, to promote yourself widely and quickly though, you need a method to persuade new customers to contact you.
    My advantage was having a website to show off my work,i can't see any other way around it if im honest,people could go to my site to see what i did,contact details and photos of my work,some if not alot of people on here may not want their car valeted,there is a wider market up here for it,the majority not registered on here im afraid.

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    Will deffo be in contact in the new year for you to do my Zafira!

    Only want the inside done though if thats an option!
    We child proofed the house..... but they keep getting in!

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    Richards garage in thurso do a very good Valet service

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordfocus66 View Post
    Richards garage in thurso do a very good Valet service
    Speaking from experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by upolian View Post
    My advantage was having a website to show off my work,i can't see any other way around it if im honest,people could go to my site to see what i did,contact details and photos of my work,some if not alot of people on here may not want their car valeted,there is a wider market up here for it,the majority not registered on here im afraid.
    Yes, that's why I wanted to discuss local advertising media.

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    Website is the way forward then

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    Quote Originally Posted by upolian View Post
    Website is the way forward then
    For heavens sake give him a price for your's.
    Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn't matter which colour does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by upolian View Post
    Website is the way forward then
    Yes, how do people know about the website? Does it come up if you search on Valeting in Caithness for instance?

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    Start of by advertising on here,get some work,hand out business cards(a way for people to have your contact details,not to to advertise,unless you have a website,then they can be used for advertising and contacting) for those people,word soon gets around i asked about flyers and people said they would rather hear a recommendation from somebody,ink on paper means nothing therefore a waste of money in a business sense(business cards prove more effective) depends on the your strategy and what way you think about this,i got a few tips from well established and popular valeters! Another thing to bare in mind is the image you paint yourself posting on a forum etc,i was a bit of a lets say idiot replying on here before i started the business so i lost a bit of work due to it,live n learn though i guess,i may aswell pass on what ive learnt over the years,no use to me around here anymore
    Last edited by upolian; 30-Nov-10 at 16:10.

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    [quote=upolian;792525]Another thing to bare in mind is the image you paint yourself posting on a forum etc/quote]

    I think, for me, that ship has sailed

    Thanks for the advice. And I've just registered on a couple of free directories which mean your business comes up on key word searches as if you have a web site.

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    [QUOTE=ducati;792530][quote=upolian;792525]Another thing to bare in mind is the image you paint yourself posting on a forum etc/quote]

    I think, for me, that ship has sailed


    Now why would you be thinking that ?. Surely everyone loves a tory. You might even attract a few "socialists".
    Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn't matter which colour does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
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    Err yes...looking for ideas on business optimization.

    These free directories must work, I've just had Yahoo on the phone wanting to sell me space, after I registered about 8 minutes ago

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    Default Whats in a name?

    While working on various aspects of setting the marketing up I've decided on a name.

    Makeadifference Mobile Valeting.

    This will be on all marketing material websites etc. from now on.

    Hope you like it

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