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Mobile Car Valeting

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About Mobile Car Valeting

After 26 years in the business, mobile car valeting is looking for hardworking individuals to help its brand expand further across the UK

It’s always gratifying to see your business grow and develop from its first few steps into the world to a successful, thriving business that is expanding nationwide.

Terry Smith is the founder of Mobile Car Valeting, and he admits that he sees his business as “his baby”. “That’s why we have very high standards for the franchisees we recruit,” he explains. “It’s still my baby, so I only pick the ones that will be right for the business.”


Mobile Car Valeting does exactly what it says on the tin. If offers a professional self sufficient valet service, from a wash and leather through to an individualised treatment of interior and exterior surfaces. MCV also offers specialist paint contaminated removal treatments, as well as paintwork and fabric protection services.

MCV franchisees deliver a top class service to customers’ doors that offers both convenience and a competitive price. The business is celebrating over 26 years in the industry after its formation in 1986. Terry started the company from scratch.

“At that time there was a gap in the market,” he remembers. “Back then there were only drive through car washes, rather than valeting cars on site at customers’ premises - there were very few companies that offered this kind of service to customers.”

As a result, Terry’s company proved to be so successful that franchising was the logical step when the time came to expand the business. The MCV franchise was launched seven years ago after Peter Williams, the company’s franchise consultant, looked at the concept and deemed it a viable franchise option.

The company’s franchisees come from a variety of backgrounds. Airline pilots, postmen, plumbers and sheet metal workers have all joined. “The people we recruit must be hardworking and good with people,” says Terry. “They must be prepared to work in all types of weather, as they will be busy throughout all seasons.”

A Mobile Car Valeting franchise cost £14,000 (plus VAT, which is recoverable). This covers training, corporate work wear, equipment, chemicals, printing, stationery, an accounts package and a deposit for a distinctly liveried van.


MCV is awarding large territories nationwide to individuals who want to expand into a multi-van operation should they so desire. The plan is for the company to be instantly recognisable in every major town in the next three-five years.

Terry sums up why his franchise is such a popular one: “Very few franchises have such great repeat business potential, as many of our clients have their vehicle valeted weekly. You need approximately 30-40 regular clients and you are generally full, and then you will need to look at further expansion to second and third vans.”

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