Police and customs officers attended a car wash in Totton this morning

Police attended a car wash in Totton this morning

Police attended a car wash in Totton this morning

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A HAMPSHIRE car wash was at centre of police activity this morning.

Police and uniformed HM and Customs swooped on the car wash on the A336 Ringwood Road in Totton, near to Asda.

They questioned people working at the car wash but have not yet disclosed the reason for the investigation.

In a statement they said: “Police and our partners are conducting a joint visit to a car wash business at Ringwood Road in Totton.

“We will be in a position to disclose further details later today. There is no identified risk to the wider community.”

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11:38am Tue 20 May 14

Zeo says...

Not going back there again after my last experience, I got a dent in my car from one of their cleaners who whacked one of the pressure washer nozzles in the side of my car and one of their guys reversed a car into mine, thankfully at low speed and hardly any damage.

I wonder if they have the right licences & insurance to be driving other peoples cars, regardless if it's on private land or not.
Not going back there again after my last experience, I got a dent in my car from one of their cleaners who whacked one of the pressure washer nozzles in the side of my car and one of their guys reversed a car into mine, thankfully at low speed and hardly any damage. I wonder if they have the right licences & insurance to be driving other peoples cars, regardless if it's on private land or not. Zeo
  • Score: 29

11:53am Tue 20 May 14

massimoosti says...

Car washes - the choice way to clean money since the 90's.
Car washes - the choice way to clean money since the 90's. massimoosti
  • Score: 28

12:03pm Tue 20 May 14

wwozzer says...

I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it? wwozzer
  • Score: 39

12:27pm Tue 20 May 14

Woolston ollie says...

Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded
Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded Woolston ollie
  • Score: 12

12:35pm Tue 20 May 14

bullsbags says...

wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! bullsbags
  • Score: 40

12:39pm Tue 20 May 14

ecuk268 says...

I'd recommend the one at the Jet garage in Paynes Road.

Always do an excellent job.
I'd recommend the one at the Jet garage in Paynes Road. Always do an excellent job. ecuk268
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Tue 20 May 14

Woolston ollie says...

bullsbags says...

Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work Woolston ollie
  • Score: 25

1:09pm Tue 20 May 14

Big Mac says...

The guys at the car wash just before Northam Bridge did a great job of my car yesterday... as well as being polite... and all for a fiver!
The guys at the car wash just before Northam Bridge did a great job of my car yesterday... as well as being polite... and all for a fiver! Big Mac
  • Score: 10

1:20pm Tue 20 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

I swooped on a car wash this morning as well. And had my car washed. Do I win £5?
I swooped on a car wash this morning as well. And had my car washed. Do I win £5? MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Tue 20 May 14

S Pance says...

wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
There IS money to be made. Do the math.

Have you seen the speed at which they work?
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]There IS money to be made. Do the math. Have you seen the speed at which they work? S Pance
  • Score: 5

1:40pm Tue 20 May 14

Barney123 says...

Was it called A1A Carwash?
Was it called A1A Carwash? Barney123
  • Score: -3

1:46pm Tue 20 May 14

bullsbags says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
bullsbags says...

Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here
I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years
He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had
Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet! bullsbags
  • Score: 10

1:47pm Tue 20 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
Suspect 99% did fall off the back of a lorry! CHANCE to vote THIS WEEK , so have your say at the polling station
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]Suspect 99% did fall off the back of a lorry! CHANCE to vote THIS WEEK , so have your say at the polling station SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 12

2:06pm Tue 20 May 14

derek james says...

Zeo wrote:
Not going back there again after my last experience, I got a dent in my car from one of their cleaners who whacked one of the pressure washer nozzles in the side of my car and one of their guys reversed a car into mine, thankfully at low speed and hardly any damage.

I wonder if they have the right licences & insurance to be driving other peoples cars, regardless if it's on private land or not.
you can be almost certain they have no insurance there's normally a dsiclaimer sign not very well displayed, having said that i visited one on sunday and they hoovered inside and washed outside for a tenner, good job as well, they were serbians, told them i had a yugo once thought they might give me a discount but no!
[quote][p][bold]Zeo[/bold] wrote: Not going back there again after my last experience, I got a dent in my car from one of their cleaners who whacked one of the pressure washer nozzles in the side of my car and one of their guys reversed a car into mine, thankfully at low speed and hardly any damage. I wonder if they have the right licences & insurance to be driving other peoples cars, regardless if it's on private land or not.[/p][/quote]you can be almost certain they have no insurance there's normally a dsiclaimer sign not very well displayed, having said that i visited one on sunday and they hoovered inside and washed outside for a tenner, good job as well, they were serbians, told them i had a yugo once thought they might give me a discount but no! derek james
  • Score: 3

2:08pm Tue 20 May 14

elvisimo says...

bullsbags wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
how true.
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in![/p][/quote]how true. elvisimo
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Tue 20 May 14

bigfella777 says...

If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.
If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up. bigfella777
  • Score: -3

3:10pm Tue 20 May 14

michaelp42 says...

Excellent Car Wash on Wilton Ave have always done a really good job when I've been there.
Excellent Car Wash on Wilton Ave have always done a really good job when I've been there. michaelp42
  • Score: -1

3:29pm Tue 20 May 14

Hastagger says...

Looks like Nigel was right!
#trends
#justsayin
#openthegatesseeallt
epeople
Looks like Nigel was right! #trends #justsayin #openthegatesseeallt epeople Hastagger
  • Score: -2

3:33pm Tue 20 May 14

dilfster says...

bullsbags wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
bullsbags says...

Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here
I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years
He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had
Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet![/p][/quote]i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact dilfster
  • Score: 12

4:02pm Tue 20 May 14

S Pance says...

bigfella777 wrote:
If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.
What it says is that "HM and customs" accompanied the Police so it's really not clear who attended, as there's no such thing
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.[/p][/quote]What it says is that "HM and customs" accompanied the Police so it's really not clear who attended, as there's no such thing S Pance
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Tue 20 May 14

sotonboy84 says...

bullsbags wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
The British have an excuse not to work - a birth right & they might miss Dickinsons Real Deal!!
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet![/p][/quote]The British have an excuse not to work - a birth right & they might miss Dickinsons Real Deal!! sotonboy84
  • Score: -3

4:14pm Tue 20 May 14

Hastagger says...

dilfster wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
bullsbags says...

Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here
I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years
He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had
Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact
You mean they only employ British people - surely illegal! how do I report them?

#trends
[quote][p][bold]dilfster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet![/p][/quote]i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact[/p][/quote]You mean they only employ British people - surely illegal! how do I report them? #trends Hastagger
  • Score: -5

4:14pm Tue 20 May 14

sotonboy84 says...

dilfster wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact
Proud of the fact it's been open for 14 years or proud they only employ people based on their country of origin?!
[quote][p][bold]dilfster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet![/p][/quote]i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact[/p][/quote]Proud of the fact it's been open for 14 years or proud they only employ people based on their country of origin?! sotonboy84
  • Score: -5

5:02pm Tue 20 May 14

wwozzer says...

S Pance wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
There IS money to be made. Do the math.

Have you seen the speed at which they work?
I suggest you do the math and maybe you'll understand that even if all the blokes working there were superman and worked for less than minimum wage it's NOT viable if you're running the business legitimately.
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]There IS money to be made. Do the math. Have you seen the speed at which they work?[/p][/quote]I suggest you do the math and maybe you'll understand that even if all the blokes working there were superman and worked for less than minimum wage it's NOT viable if you're running the business legitimately. wwozzer
  • Score: -1

6:12pm Tue 20 May 14

George4th says...

This column highlights the laziness of the Brits! Unless you are physically unable, why don't you wash your own car?!


And I bet some these people also complain about life being tough and not having enough money!

Where will it end? Take-away meals, convenience food, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, car washes, cosmetic services (nails etc), tattoos etc etc!!!
I guess some or most of these are priorities to some people!
This column highlights the laziness of the Brits! Unless you are physically unable, why don't you wash your own car?! And I bet some these people also complain about life being tough and not having enough money! Where will it end? Take-away meals, convenience food, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, car washes, cosmetic services (nails etc), tattoos etc etc!!! I guess some or most of these are priorities to some people! George4th
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Tue 20 May 14

Peters567 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.
bigfella777, it;s YOU that needs to grow up. You are talking rubbish, to be honest.

According to Hampshire Police it was a co-ordinated raid which included IMMIGRATION officers!

Whilst no one was arrested, it is clear that illegal immigration was one of the crimes they were investigating.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.[/p][/quote]bigfella777, it;s YOU that needs to grow up. You are talking rubbish, to be honest. According to Hampshire Police it was a co-ordinated raid which included IMMIGRATION officers! Whilst no one was arrested, it is clear that illegal immigration was one of the crimes they were investigating. Peters567
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Tue 20 May 14

Peters567 says...

wwozzer wrote:
S Pance wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
There IS money to be made. Do the math.

Have you seen the speed at which they work?
I suggest you do the math and maybe you'll understand that even if all the blokes working there were superman and worked for less than minimum wage it's NOT viable if you're running the business legitimately.
Do some research and you'll find that they actually make a decent living from this.

Out-of-use car washes are rented out for a pittance. They aren't much use for anything but a car wash!

It works out that they do between 4 and 6 cars per person per hour; that's between £20 and £60 per hour. Supplies and sundries cost peanuts.

15 guys on a forecourt and they are turning over anywhere between £100 and £300 per hour.

Assume an 8 hour day, 7 day week and that's £5600 to £16800 per week.

Potentially, that's a turn-over of between £285600 to £856800 per year, if you assume they close for Christmas week! Allow for slack periods etc, then that'd still be around £500k per annum!
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]There IS money to be made. Do the math. Have you seen the speed at which they work?[/p][/quote]I suggest you do the math and maybe you'll understand that even if all the blokes working there were superman and worked for less than minimum wage it's NOT viable if you're running the business legitimately.[/p][/quote]Do some research and you'll find that they actually make a decent living from this. Out-of-use car washes are rented out for a pittance. They aren't much use for anything but a car wash! It works out that they do between 4 and 6 cars per person per hour; that's between £20 and £60 per hour. Supplies and sundries cost peanuts. 15 guys on a forecourt and they are turning over anywhere between £100 and £300 per hour. Assume an 8 hour day, 7 day week and that's £5600 to £16800 per week. Potentially, that's a turn-over of between £285600 to £856800 per year, if you assume they close for Christmas week! Allow for slack periods etc, then that'd still be around £500k per annum! Peters567
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Tue 20 May 14

Peters567 says...

Sorry, that should read "5 guys on a forecourt" and not 15!! Obviously, if they had 15 guys working the potential turn over could be £1.5m per year! All from a grotty car wash...

Remember the old saying, "where there's muck"
Sorry, that should read "5 guys on a forecourt" and not 15!! Obviously, if they had 15 guys working the potential turn over could be £1.5m per year! All from a grotty car wash... Remember the old saying, "where there's muck" Peters567
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Tue 20 May 14

cmth40 says...

S Pance wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.
What it says is that "HM and customs" accompanied the Police so it's really not clear who attended, as there's no such thing
if its custom they do immigrants that are illegal,get your facts right,the one in kings worthy wincheter were also done police and immigration offices[ie customs, were present for many hours
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.[/p][/quote]What it says is that "HM and customs" accompanied the Police so it's really not clear who attended, as there's no such thing[/p][/quote]if its custom they do immigrants that are illegal,get your facts right,the one in kings worthy wincheter were also done police and immigration offices[ie customs, were present for many hours cmth40
  • Score: -1

8:17pm Tue 20 May 14

mickey01 says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded
vote u.k.i.p
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded[/p][/quote]vote u.k.i.p mickey01
  • Score: 3

8:34pm Tue 20 May 14

hantslass says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
dilfster wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact
Proud of the fact it's been open for 14 years or proud they only employ people based on their country of origin?!
nice to know we still have something run with british workers hats off to your boss
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dilfster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet![/p][/quote]i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact[/p][/quote]Proud of the fact it's been open for 14 years or proud they only employ people based on their country of origin?![/p][/quote]nice to know we still have something run with british workers hats off to your boss hantslass
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Tue 20 May 14

EarlyRiser says...

bigfella777 wrote:
If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.
http://www.hampshire
.police.uk/internet/
news-and-appeals/201
4/may/200514-police-
co-ordinate-partners
hip-visits-to-car-wa
shes-across-Hampshir
e

err, nothing to do with immigration eh ?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.[/p][/quote]http://www.hampshire .police.uk/internet/ news-and-appeals/201 4/may/200514-police- co-ordinate-partners hip-visits-to-car-wa shes-across-Hampshir e err, nothing to do with immigration eh ? EarlyRiser
  • Score: 2

10:47pm Tue 20 May 14

wwozzer says...

Peters567 wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
S Pance wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country.

If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?
There IS money to be made. Do the math.

Have you seen the speed at which they work?
I suggest you do the math and maybe you'll understand that even if all the blokes working there were superman and worked for less than minimum wage it's NOT viable if you're running the business legitimately.
Do some research and you'll find that they actually make a decent living from this.

Out-of-use car washes are rented out for a pittance. They aren't much use for anything but a car wash!

It works out that they do between 4 and 6 cars per person per hour; that's between £20 and £60 per hour. Supplies and sundries cost peanuts.

15 guys on a forecourt and they are turning over anywhere between £100 and £300 per hour.

Assume an 8 hour day, 7 day week and that's £5600 to £16800 per week.

Potentially, that's a turn-over of between £285600 to £856800 per year, if you assume they close for Christmas week! Allow for slack periods etc, then that'd still be around £500k per annum!
I love your optimism but a bank manager would laugh you out of his office. You assume low fixed costs and are wonderfully optimistic on potential business and turnover.

Bottom line is if there was money in this then the likes of kwik fit or Halfords would have stitched it up years ago, they haven't because there isn't.
[quote][p][bold]Peters567[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: I wish people wouldn't use these places. Staffed by guys who look like they fell out the back of a lorry in Dover. I've recently started to think the whole car wash thing is just a cover for something a lot more dubious, especially when you consider there is a network of them now all over the country. If there was money to be made washing cars at 5-10 quid a pop from premises with all the associated overheads not to mention what must be a staggering water bill why is it only the Albanians and the like who seem to want to do it?[/p][/quote]There IS money to be made. Do the math. Have you seen the speed at which they work?[/p][/quote]I suggest you do the math and maybe you'll understand that even if all the blokes working there were superman and worked for less than minimum wage it's NOT viable if you're running the business legitimately.[/p][/quote]Do some research and you'll find that they actually make a decent living from this. Out-of-use car washes are rented out for a pittance. They aren't much use for anything but a car wash! It works out that they do between 4 and 6 cars per person per hour; that's between £20 and £60 per hour. Supplies and sundries cost peanuts. 15 guys on a forecourt and they are turning over anywhere between £100 and £300 per hour. Assume an 8 hour day, 7 day week and that's £5600 to £16800 per week. Potentially, that's a turn-over of between £285600 to £856800 per year, if you assume they close for Christmas week! Allow for slack periods etc, then that'd still be around £500k per annum![/p][/quote]I love your optimism but a bank manager would laugh you out of his office. You assume low fixed costs and are wonderfully optimistic on potential business and turnover. Bottom line is if there was money in this then the likes of kwik fit or Halfords would have stitched it up years ago, they haven't because there isn't. wwozzer
  • Score: -1

8:23am Wed 21 May 14

southamptonadi says...

dilfster wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
bullsbags says...

Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in!
Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work
Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here
I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years
He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had
Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet!
i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact
But there a big difference to your one and the rest, there mostly hand washes and they vacuum your car etc.

Yours is just a glorified garage car wash you go through a machine and you have to vacuum or jet wash it yourself,
[quote][p][bold]dilfster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: bullsbags says... Because they are prepared to get off their backsides and earn a crust unlike half the people in this country who would rather sit on theirs and let the benefits roll in! Mate they have to work at those places because most of them shouldnt be here or the gang master tell them were they have to work[/p][/quote]Most of them are Polish so perfectly entitled to be here I've got a friend who employs a couple of poles and has done for 10 years He will tell you they are the hardest working and most honest employees he's ever had Do you know of a car wash run by the British? Thought not,too much like hard work and might get a bit wet![/p][/quote]i know of a car wash run, owened and staffed by all british/english. its the arc on shirley road. the reason i know this is i work there and has been like that since the place opened nearly 14 years ago. and all staff are very proud of the fact[/p][/quote]But there a big difference to your one and the rest, there mostly hand washes and they vacuum your car etc. Yours is just a glorified garage car wash you go through a machine and you have to vacuum or jet wash it yourself, southamptonadi
  • Score: -1

8:24am Wed 21 May 14

skeptik says...

In my childhood days my fathers car was on the list of pocket money jobs.
In my childhood days my fathers car was on the list of pocket money jobs. skeptik
  • Score: 1

9:34am Wed 21 May 14

hantslass says...

mickey01 wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded
vote u.k.i.p
I agree we are slowly being taken over we are the minority now so it seems but i dont think U-KIP will do us many favours i think they are all talk and no action. if i thought they were genuine i would vote them . Seriously i think no one can help this country now we are going to the dogs . we should have listened to enoch powell years ago he made sense but too late now. We are a dumping ground to the world we need to get tough on our policies and stop any more migrants invading us we are only a small island . our parents and grandparents fought for this country and put a lot into it now the migrants who contributed nothing are robbing us of our jobs national health tax credits all this for what ??? entering our country . i didn't see any of them arriving in southern spain i wonder why ?? because spanish have got it right their people first and no hand outs to people who arrive without a property or job.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded[/p][/quote]vote u.k.i.p[/p][/quote]I agree we are slowly being taken over we are the minority now so it seems but i dont think U-KIP will do us many favours i think they are all talk and no action. if i thought they were genuine i would vote them . Seriously i think no one can help this country now we are going to the dogs . we should have listened to enoch powell years ago he made sense but too late now. We are a dumping ground to the world we need to get tough on our policies and stop any more migrants invading us we are only a small island . our parents and grandparents fought for this country and put a lot into it now the migrants who contributed nothing are robbing us of our jobs national health tax credits all this for what ??? entering our country . i didn't see any of them arriving in southern spain i wonder why ?? because spanish have got it right their people first and no hand outs to people who arrive without a property or job. hantslass
  • Score: -2

12:33pm Wed 21 May 14

kiddynamite says...

Fair play to them , at least they work and earn their living, unlike the tons of home bred useless dole boys and girls the UK churns out each year. And besides they do a fantastic job cleaning my cars and only 15 quid too,Leaves me more time to sit in my garden and relax. If they all get sent home who will wash my cars then?
And yes the Polish are much better grafters than most of the uk!
And the polish women all look decent too.
Fair play to them , at least they work and earn their living, unlike the tons of home bred useless dole boys and girls the UK churns out each year. And besides they do a fantastic job cleaning my cars and only 15 quid too,Leaves me more time to sit in my garden and relax. If they all get sent home who will wash my cars then? And yes the Polish are much better grafters than most of the uk! And the polish women all look decent too. kiddynamite
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Wed 21 May 14

at_123 says...

hantslass wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded
vote u.k.i.p
I agree we are slowly being taken over we are the minority now so it seems but i dont think U-KIP will do us many favours i think they are all talk and no action. if i thought they were genuine i would vote them . Seriously i think no one can help this country now we are going to the dogs . we should have listened to enoch powell years ago he made sense but too late now. We are a dumping ground to the world we need to get tough on our policies and stop any more migrants invading us we are only a small island . our parents and grandparents fought for this country and put a lot into it now the migrants who contributed nothing are robbing us of our jobs national health tax credits all this for what ??? entering our country . i didn't see any of them arriving in southern spain i wonder why ?? because spanish have got it right their people first and no hand outs to people who arrive without a property or job.
What about all the Indians who fought for this country in both WWI and WWII? They didn't just fight in the Far East they fought in North Africa, Italy and France. Also in WWII the Spitfire squadron with the most kills was - wait for it - a Polish squadron!
Maybe they don't go to Southern Spain because its full of British expats - bet they don't want the UK to leave the EU otherwise they may well find they all have to come home - who'll look after them then?
[quote][p][bold]hantslass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded[/p][/quote]vote u.k.i.p[/p][/quote]I agree we are slowly being taken over we are the minority now so it seems but i dont think U-KIP will do us many favours i think they are all talk and no action. if i thought they were genuine i would vote them . Seriously i think no one can help this country now we are going to the dogs . we should have listened to enoch powell years ago he made sense but too late now. We are a dumping ground to the world we need to get tough on our policies and stop any more migrants invading us we are only a small island . our parents and grandparents fought for this country and put a lot into it now the migrants who contributed nothing are robbing us of our jobs national health tax credits all this for what ??? entering our country . i didn't see any of them arriving in southern spain i wonder why ?? because spanish have got it right their people first and no hand outs to people who arrive without a property or job.[/p][/quote]What about all the Indians who fought for this country in both WWI and WWII? They didn't just fight in the Far East they fought in North Africa, Italy and France. Also in WWII the Spitfire squadron with the most kills was - wait for it - a Polish squadron! Maybe they don't go to Southern Spain because its full of British expats - bet they don't want the UK to leave the EU otherwise they may well find they all have to come home - who'll look after them then? at_123
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Wed 21 May 14

hantslass says...

at_123 wrote:
hantslass wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded
vote u.k.i.p
I agree we are slowly being taken over we are the minority now so it seems but i dont think U-KIP will do us many favours i think they are all talk and no action. if i thought they were genuine i would vote them . Seriously i think no one can help this country now we are going to the dogs . we should have listened to enoch powell years ago he made sense but too late now. We are a dumping ground to the world we need to get tough on our policies and stop any more migrants invading us we are only a small island . our parents and grandparents fought for this country and put a lot into it now the migrants who contributed nothing are robbing us of our jobs national health tax credits all this for what ??? entering our country . i didn't see any of them arriving in southern spain i wonder why ?? because spanish have got it right their people first and no hand outs to people who arrive without a property or job.
What about all the Indians who fought for this country in both WWI and WWII? They didn't just fight in the Far East they fought in North Africa, Italy and France. Also in WWII the Spitfire squadron with the most kills was - wait for it - a Polish squadron!
Maybe they don't go to Southern Spain because its full of British expats - bet they don't want the UK to leave the EU otherwise they may well find they all have to come home - who'll look after them then?
The only expats in spain are pensioners who have worked hard in this country all there lives and sold their own property to retire in spain and only live on their english pension for christ sake, they dont claim anything the spanish have put in .
[quote][p][bold]at_123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hantslass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Car wash one day the high street next then the country we are slowly but surely being invaded[/p][/quote]vote u.k.i.p[/p][/quote]I agree we are slowly being taken over we are the minority now so it seems but i dont think U-KIP will do us many favours i think they are all talk and no action. if i thought they were genuine i would vote them . Seriously i think no one can help this country now we are going to the dogs . we should have listened to enoch powell years ago he made sense but too late now. We are a dumping ground to the world we need to get tough on our policies and stop any more migrants invading us we are only a small island . our parents and grandparents fought for this country and put a lot into it now the migrants who contributed nothing are robbing us of our jobs national health tax credits all this for what ??? entering our country . i didn't see any of them arriving in southern spain i wonder why ?? because spanish have got it right their people first and no hand outs to people who arrive without a property or job.[/p][/quote]What about all the Indians who fought for this country in both WWI and WWII? They didn't just fight in the Far East they fought in North Africa, Italy and France. Also in WWII the Spitfire squadron with the most kills was - wait for it - a Polish squadron! Maybe they don't go to Southern Spain because its full of British expats - bet they don't want the UK to leave the EU otherwise they may well find they all have to come home - who'll look after them then?[/p][/quote]The only expats in spain are pensioners who have worked hard in this country all there lives and sold their own property to retire in spain and only live on their english pension for christ sake, they dont claim anything the spanish have put in . hantslass
  • Score: 1

8:14pm Wed 21 May 14

andysaints007 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.
WRONG !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: If its customs it will be for VAT avoidance nothing to do with immigration at all grow up.[/p][/quote]WRONG !!!!! andysaints007
  • Score: 1

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