Man leaves school at 16 to be a ‘rag hand’ – now he rakes in £2k a week doing it

A man who left school at 16 now rakes in £2,000 a week polishing supercars for Premier League footballers and millionaire businessmen.

Liam Maguire, 30, set up valeting business Urban Valets after taking job as a ’rag hand’ at a St Helens car wash.

He now earns thousands cleaning and waxing luxury motors – but his cheapest service starts at just £40.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: "It falls down to who has the greatest level of OCD but 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.

"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.

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“I started Urban Valets off the back of my old job. I worked for a company in St Helens since leaving school.

"I started at 16 as the 'rag hand' and I eventually became the valeting bay manager at 19, in charge of people twice my age with double the years in experience.

"I was unfortunately made redundant. 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."

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Liam is now doubling his turnover year-on-year and working with some of the fanciest cars in the world.

His work has caught the eye of supercar owners around the world – with one Dubai businessman asking him to spend a week polishing a £1.2million McLaren Senna.

Liam added: "My services range from £40 up to thousands.

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"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."

You can follow Liam on Instagram here.

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