Elite Detailing is Britain’s most expensive car wash

Some folks love their cars more than their loved ones. So if you count yourself to be one such car enthusiast and lover, I bet you would love to treat your baby with a luxury car wash. After all, your four-wheeled baby needs some pampering too. So send her to her very own spa, a.k.a. Britain’s most expensive car wash, dubbed the Elite Detailing. Started by Gurcharn Sahota, an accountancy graduate and former valet, this car wash boasts of charges going up to a cool £7,200 ($11,006) for every luxury car. He started his car wash business five years ago from his parent’s garage. To ensure thorough cleaning, Mr. Sahota uses equipment such as a £5,000 police forensic microscope to detect minute scratches, £8,200 ($12,533)-a-tub wax, and more than 100 different cleaning fluids. He has also lined the double unit walls and floor with specialist tiles imported from Italy, which help reflect flecks of dirt on the cars. No easy job this, according to Mr. Sahota, each supercar takes up to 250 hours to clean. He begins every clean by washing the car with a lambswool mitten and water mixed, with Ph neutral shampoo and applied by a jet wash reaching temperatures of up to 120C (248F), depending on the body panel. The wheels are then steam cleaned at 150C (302F) with a machine purchased from the NHS and designed to kill the MRSA superbug, after which the car is dried with a microfiber towel and an industrial blower. A clay bar is then rubbed over the bodywork to pick up any remaining decontaminants. The car is rinsed and dried all over again, followed by a microscopic examination to detect scratches.

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The standard valet services, which start at around £700 ($1,069) depending on the car, involve a two-stage polishing process to remove any scratches and ‘sharpen up’ the paintwork. But if you want to go all out, it’s the £7,200 ($11,006) service that you need. This ultra-premium service involves sanding the car down twice to make sure the paint is the same thickness all over the car, then polishing it by machine in three stages. Three coats of the highly-concentrated carnauba wax (imported from Brazil) are then applied to seal the paint, compared with one coat on the standard valet. At the same time, plastics are also treated in a special sealant for £50 ($77) per 15 milliliters. However, Mr. Sahota says that each car requires only one £7,200 ($11,006) in its lifetime. A rejuvenating experience for your car, you are sure to fall in love with your car all over again once it comes home after this lush treatment. Sahota, who already has a list of high-end customers, including rock stars, actors, and other high profile people, is now planning to shift his workshop from his parent’s garage to a new workshop he opened in Worcester.

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