Britain’s most expensive car wash

July 19, 2010 | by | 61 Comments

Petrol-head Gurcharn Sahota charges a staggering £7,200 for Britain’s most expensive car wash which he does – from his PARENTS’ GARAGE.

Car-nut Gurcharn, 30, has a string of celebrity clients and takes up to 250 HOURS to clean each motor.

He has cleaned hundreds of dream machines including a Lamborghini Gallardo (pictured), Bugatti Veyron and an orange McLaren F1 GTR worth £5 million.

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Since he started the business five years ago he has travelled the world with his hi-tech kit which includes a microscope, 100 cleaning fluids and £8,200 car wax.

Gurcharn charges customers up to £7,200 for a wash which includes polishing and buffing every inch of the car inside and out – FIVE times.

He even uses a computerised microscope – normally used by forensic scientists – to examine the body work for the minutest scratch not even visible to the naked eye.

Gurcharn, who drives an iconic MK1 Volkswagen Golf GTi, started his passion for cleaning by washing his neighbours’ cars with a bucket and a sponge – for FREE.

He said: ”When I was younger I washed neighbours’ cars and my dad’s car whenever I could.

”They never paid me, I loved it so much I did it for free.

”Things have built up from there and now I’m cleaning some of the fastest, most powerful sports cars in the world.

”People come to me and they want the best treatment going for their car.

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”If you’ve got a £500,000 car then a few grand for cleaning is worth it.

”Sometimes I’ll work through the night to get a car looking absolutely pristine.

”They’re world class motors that deserve a world class wash.”

Gurcharn, who still lives with his parents, has converted their double garage into a hi-tech workshop.

He built a Formula 1-style pit for scrubbing the underneath of cars and layered the entire workshop floor and walls with specialist tiles imported from Italy which help reflect flecks of dirt on the cars.

After spending hundreds of hours cleaning by hand he uses a £5,000 computerised microscope which examines the car for blotches and scratches.

His proud parents Gurbinder, 55, and Amarjit, 53, were so impressed with their son’s work they converted their double garage into a hi-tech workshop for his business.

Gurcharn studied accountancy at university but practiced in his friend’s body workshop in Birmingham.

He moved home to start his car detailing business ‘Elite Detailing’ cleaning cars in his mum and dad’s garage.

Rich drivers flocked from hundreds of miles away to his mum’s garage to have their motors’ body work cleaned.

Customers – including ‘Mr Loophole’ Nick Freeman – have even flown Gurcharn as far away as Jordan, Germany, Monaco and Brussels for his services.

He travels with up to 100 different cleaning fluids that need special clearance at customs. The wax alone he uses costs a cool £8,200 a tub.

It can take up to 250 hours to clean for super-rich customers including footballers, musicians, actors and stockbrokers.

Gurcharn first sprays the car with a degreaser to loosen any mud then jet washes it to get the worst off.


Next he wipes the vehicle with a lambs-wool mitten dunked in warm soapy water before jet washing it again.

Gurcharn sprays the car with mild wax solution to reduce the risk of scratching before drying it with a microfiber towel.

The final stage uses a special clay which is rubbed over the paintwork with wax to remove any impurities.

He then polishes up to five times using a buffer and an abrasive compound.

A paint gauge is used throughout the cleaning to check how much clear coat and colour there is to work with on the body work.

And a microscope linked to a computer allows him to view bad scratches in detail.

Gurcharn added: ”If you’re paying £150,000 for a car then you’re going to want it to be perfect.

”The first time I cleaned an Enzo it took a week and when I tried to sleep all I could see was Ferrari red.

”The car has to be free from all contaminants like dust and dirt before you start otherwise it’s going to get scratched.

”I just want perfection. Finishing is the best part because you know what it was like when you started. That gives me great satisfaction.”

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  1. Laja says:

    This is the most expensive? Maybe in Britain. I wash race-cars for 9800 EURO. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

    • Ciao Mongolis says:

      Most Expensive? I wash Heaven for $infinite from God… suck it atheists!
      If you want quality you have to pay for it.

    • Anonymous says:

      I own a lambo and a ferrari and I wash my own stuff. Save my money for a nice vacation home. Rich people are pretty stupid and that kid proves it! Ha ha HAAAA!

  2. Laja says:

    This is the most expensive? Maybe in Britain. I wash race-cars for 9800 EURO. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  3. Ajal says:

    Most expensive? Maybe at the race track. I wash luxury ships for 8894890 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  4. Ajal says:

    Most expensive? Maybe at the race track. I wash luxury ships for 8894890 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  5. Harry Phan says:

    Title says Britain's most expensive car wash.

  6. Harry Phan says:

    Title says Britain's most expensive car wash.

  7. Adam says:

    I don't "wanna quality" but I do "want quality"

  8. Adam says:

    I don't "wanna quality" but I do "want quality"

  9. Paulie P says:

    Most expensive? Maybe on earth. I wash international space stations for 73,498,120 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  10. Paulie P says:

    Most expensive? Maybe on earth. I wash international space stations for 73,498,120 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  11. Robert Doty says:

    Most expensive? I was hired to wash Voyager 1 right before it left our solar system for US $1 Bn. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  12. Robert Doty says:

    Most expensive? I was hired to wash Voyager 1 right before it left our solar system for US $1 Bn. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  13. Joe W says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in your universe. I wash Alien space ships for 899,236,413,274,239 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay for it.

  14. Joe W says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in your universe. I wash Alien space ships for 899,236,413,274,239 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay for it.

  15. Abz says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in the Milky Way. I wash gravitational singularities for 864,698,267,899 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  16. Abz says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in the Milky Way. I wash gravitational singularities for 864,698,267,899 euro. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  17. Chad says:

    Most expensive? Maybe for an internationally developed research facility . I wash Dreadnaught class Star Frigates made exclusively by Rendilli Stardrive for 891,982,173 Imperial Credits. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  18. Chad says:

    Most expensive? Maybe for an internationally developed research facility . I wash Dreadnaught class Star Frigates made exclusively by Rendilli Stardrive for 891,982,173 Imperial Credits. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it.

  19. Gorsplat McBofd says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in the Milky Way. I wash Super Star Destroyers for 89,939,498,120 paggats. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  20. Gorsplat McBofd says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in the Milky Way. I wash Super Star Destroyers for 89,939,498,120 paggats. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  21. TwoUp says:

    Most expensive? Maybe within earth’s gravitational pull. I wash planets, starting from 999,999,999 euro. And there’s a loyalty points scheme! The fifth wash is free! Yeah, if you wanna quality, and bonuses, you have to pay it.

  22. TwoUp says:

    Most expensive? Maybe within earth’s gravitational pull. I wash planets, starting from 999,999,999 euro. And there’s a loyalty points scheme! The fifth wash is free! Yeah, if you wanna quality, and bonuses, you have to pay it.

  23. gw says:

    This is supposed to be expensive? I scrub entire planets, and I only accept galactic credits!

  24. gw says:

    This is supposed to be expensive? I scrub entire planets, and I only accept galactic credits!

  25. artie says:

    Isn't the wash ruined the second the car leaves his garage?

  26. artie says:

    Isn't the wash ruined the second the car leaves his garage?

  27. Alv says:

    Most expensive? Maybe within the mere particles of deep space. I got the sun wet at the cost of humanity. Yea, your lives were worth it.

  28. Alv says:

    Most expensive? Maybe within the mere particles of deep space. I got the sun wet at the cost of humanity. Yea, your lives were worth it.

  29. wannaquality says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in Britain. I wash model cars in my bedroom for 16 euros. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  30. wannaquality says:

    Most expensive? Maybe in Britain. I wash model cars in my bedroom for 16 euros. Yeah, if you wanna quality you have to pay it

  31. luikie says:

    ^ pretty much

  32. luikie says:

    ^ pretty much

  33. Soosh says:

    Most retarded? Definitely . I read articles all the time and this is the most special thing I ever laid my eyes on, 678,345, 923 times over.

  34. Soosh says:

    Most retarded? Definitely . I read articles all the time and this is the most special thing I ever laid my eyes on, 678,345, 923 times over.

  35. steve says:

    All I know is that

    1. i wanna quality, and

    2. i have to pay it

    sign me up

  36. steve says:

    All I know is that

    1. i wanna quality, and

    2. i have to pay it

    sign me up

  37. SaveABuck says:

    I wash stick shifts for four drachma. If you throw in six pence, my sister will give you a greasy lube job from the rear. Our work ain't the best of quality, but at least you don't have to pay much for it.

  38. SaveABuck says:

    I wash stick shifts for four drachma. If you throw in six pence, my sister will give you a greasy lube job from the rear. Our work ain't the best of quality, but at least you don't have to pay much for it.

  39. Marc says:

    everybody's laughing here but he gets the last laugh when he gets paid…

  40. Marc says:

    everybody's laughing here but he gets the last laugh when he gets paid…

  41. bilbo says:

    yea, but he still lives at home with mommy and daddy

  42. bilbo says:

    yea, but he still lives at home with mommy and daddy

  43. Rich says:

    £7200 for 250 hrs work – hmm less than £30 per hour.Doubt he earns more than £30k per year after paying for all that wax and gear. The car cleaners charging £10 a time for 2 mins prob earn more.

  44. Rich says:

    £7200 for 250 hrs work – hmm less than £30 per hour.Doubt he earns more than £30k per year after paying for all that wax and gear. The car cleaners charging £10 a time for 2 mins prob earn more.

  45. soheila says:

    his wage is more expensive than my car alone.

  46. ice says:

    Lame business idea if he never thought about expanding it. But I doubt it would work since he already raise the service quality to the maximum and expanding the business would mean lesser quality which he absolutely hates.

    Tell me he is a virgo.

  47. Robertmartin says:

    if my calculations are correct he could earn anything between £35,000 and £252,000 a year before tax

  48. Robertmartin says:

    if my calculations are correct he could earn anything between £35,000 and £252,000 a year before tax

  49. ARRON3210 says:

    were do u get your car wax to mate and is that the best one

  50. Dfds says:

    most expensive? I ethnically cleanse the human race for a squidillion pounds per hour excluding vat.

  51. Spencer says:

     The important part is that he likes it, don’t be rude about his business. That’s uncalled for.

  52. Anonim says:

    If it takes 250 hours just to wash the car, when are you going to drive it? Or even worse, what if a bird craps on it after you take it ou?

  53. Micha says:

     Stop criticizing him he gets well paid and car washin is his passion 

  54. Rx7eaven says:

    lol it takes “up to 250 hours” meaning he’s probably had one detail which took him 250 hours, probably one that needed a lot of work. but the others probably take 20 or 30 hours maybe even a day.  meaning he most definitely gets paid more than a guy at the car wash who does a wash in two minutes.

  55. Baredown85 says:

    nice job….. name of the wax solution, and degreaser were to getr them…. coild u e mail me  baredown85@yahoo.com thanks

  56. Sterling says:

    It looks like he enjoys what he does! So what if it takes 250 hours to clean, that means it’s quality. I spend 6 hours everytime I clean my car and it’s an older car, but still nice. I give him props and wish I could be washin cars like him for a living!

  57. Steve says:

    What a brilliant scam this kid has going. And what a fantastic scam his wax supplier has as well!!

  58. optional says:

    all we know is that hes making cool money..

    • Ex customer says:

      This guy is good at his job, but overall unreliable. Let him wash your car, but don’t get sucked into more so called premium detailing he offers. It is really not worth the money.

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