Glasgow Valet Crowned 'Car Wash King'

Glaswegian car washer Mark Leslie has been named Britain’s Car Wash King 2007 by

After securing hundreds of nominations in the first competition of its kind in the UK, Mark and his team at Glasgow City Car Wash waxed their way to victory by impressing the judges, Louis Blake and Alex Wilkinson, who carried out 26 mystery car washes across the UK.

Mark, who regularly washes the cars of Celtic football stars, was singled out for his professionalism and willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ to give the car a pristine clean. The judges in particular praised the efficiency of staff who ‘quickly uncovered the ‘hidden sandwich’ test, and masterfully got rid of oily windows - tricky details that proved too much for most other car wash centres to deal with’.

Judge Louis added: “We drove in with the filthiest car you can imagine - dirty tyres, crisps crushed into the carpet, hidden dirt traps, grubby windows and nasty oil spills on interiors. The team worked on our car for an hour and for £20 they returned our car as new as the day it was bought. If we sold it dirty, we’d have lost at least £500 on the resale value.  For their speed, attention to detail and sheer professionalism, Mark and his team are worthy winners and we couldn’t fault any aspect of the professional service we received.” launched the search for Britain’s first Car Wash King 2007 on the back of research which showed a record boom in Britain’s car wash industry as Brits splash out £2.2 billion[1] a year on car cleaning services and accessories.  Three quarters of car owners wash their car at least four times a week, with some even claiming to give their car the once over every day.

It’s not all done out of pride either - three quarters of savvy Brits claimed to expect money off if they were thinking about buying a car and found it to be dirty. Over 20% would expect a discount of £500 or more citing full ashtrays, grubby seat covers and litter as the biggest turn offs.

Within weeks of launch, received thousands of entrants from motorists keen to recommend their local car wash centre, with nominations from every corner of Britain, from Brighton to Aberdeen. Judges Louis Blake and Alex Wilkinson shortlisted the top 50 nominations before embarking on a nationwide road-trip pitting the various car washes against each other.

Wash and valet centres were rated on a wide range of criteria including ‘price’, ‘friendliness of staff’, ‘body sheen’ and ‘window glean’.

As well as choosing an overall winner, the judges chose four runners up for special commendation:

2nd Place - Car Wash Palace, Liverpool

3rd Place - New York, New York, Car Wash, Manchester

4th Place - Aqua Car Care, Cardiff

5th Place - Star Hand Car Wash, Birmingham

Jody Ford of said: “It’s about time that car washers get rewarded for their work.  As a nation of car lovers we are indebted to the people behind the elbow grease because, as our research shows, a clean car can add hundreds of pounds to its resale value.  The team at Glasgow City Car Wash are worthy winners of the Car Wash King award, so why not pull in if you are in the area, your car will be in for a treat!”

23 September 2007 Staff

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