A man who left school at 16 now earns £3,000 a week thanks to his obsession with cleanliness after opening a successful business.
Liam Maguire, 30, launched Urban Valet three years ago and can now earn up to £2,800 per job for cleaning, polishing and waxing a car, Manchester Evening News reports.
This year he is working with some of the most luxurious cars in the business, including a McLaren 720S for a client in Manchester.
Mr Maguire said the service reflected personal standards of cleanliness, but is also about “‘doing it safely to ensure no excess contact or damage is caused to the car, while at the same time using high grade products to ensure the best finish.”
He said: “Everyday car washes can cause scratches and damage.
“I’m the guy you call to fix what they’ve caused and also promise you serious satisfaction.”
When he left school at 16, Liam started working as a rag hand for a company in St Helens.
By the age of 19, he became valeting bay manager and was in charge of people twice his age with double the years in experience, he said.
I was unfortunately made redundant”, Liam added.
My boss kindly helped me with a van and then became Urban Valets.
I still to this day have a great relationship with my old boss and I also maintain his cars.
Working with some of the most luxurious cars in the business, the 30-year-old is now doubling his turnover year-on-year.
Liam said: My services range from £40 up to thousands.
My highest paid job was £2,800 and it took me a week solid.
That was on a McLaren 720S in Manchester for a client who deals in Bitcoin and banking.
As for my high profile clients, I never aimed for such football players as my business aim is to impress people who know about cars.
“I mean that in a respect in which to prove I’m the best at my job.”
His first high profile client was the Red Bull drift masters racers, which then caught the attention of serious-level insurance brokers and multi-business owners who own supercars such as McLarens, Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
He then worked on the most expensive supercar that’s in the UK currently, a McLaren Senna, whose upgrades cost about £1.2million.
Liam said this was his “greatest achievement.
I’m the only detailer to ever touch one of these rare vehicles”, he added.
The owner is from Dubai and personally requested me and another valeter to meet at the Birmingham NEC autosport car show and work on this vehicle.
I also recently completed a week-long detail down in Essex on a rare show spec 1986 BMW E28 535i which has to be perfect as it is attending a show in Austria in May.
I was down in Essex all expenses paid for a week for this, which means a lot to little old me from Merseyside.”
Liam admits working with these high-level clients is ‘nerve-racking’ but says that he ‘thrives’ upon the moment and sees it as his ‘time to shine’.
He added said: “I know I’m good, I believe in myself and every multi-millionaire I’ve ever met has been that impressed they’ve sat and gave me advice and wisdom.
Something money can’t buy I suppose, so that’s what I enjoy most about my job.”
With his reputation growing, Liam’s Instagram also rocketed and he now has over 7,000 people following his Urban Valet page.
He said he ‘shined a light on a boring industry’ and made it fun.
“I simplified everything so people could be involved…I shared tips and hints on my Instagram posts and also allowed people to see me and my personality”, Liam said.
I get people stopping me when shopping and eating out and shouting ‘hey it’s urban valets’.
“My van is so distinctive I drive around Liverpool and people flash and wave at me.