?Car valeting, while extremely popular in America and traditionally associated with its culture, has come into its own across the pond here in the UK. Despite being synonymous with business-people whose important dinner meetings mean they have no time to spare find a parking space, let alone give their vehicle a ‘once over' for maximum sparkle; car valeting has crossed the boundaries between the hustle and bustle of American life to us ‘oh-so reserved' Brits and nestled firmly into our society. The prime habitat of car cleaning franchises are airports throughout Britain; indeed it is difficult to miss one of these car cleaning businesses en route to departing for your holiday. Whether jetting off to a far-flung land or merely going for an inter-city jaunt, you'll be sure to encounter a valeting franchise. It is also now extremely popular to see a car valeting franchise, whilst out shopping in big name supermarkets - they even offer to clean your car as you shop! While this seems an enterprising and enticing notion at first, the majority of customers still seem to remain sceptical of supermarket car valets. Potential reasons for this mistrust could stem from the "trolley full" of water that car cleaning franchises possess, with which they clean your car. This brings with it the questions like "Just when was that water changed?" and "When was that sponge last cleaned?", which nobody needs on their mind while they shop. The same can be said of many car cleaning franchises in the inner city or town centre car parks. Despite the value for money and chirpy, friendly service; there is nevertheless an element of doubt regarding the cleanliness and quality of the products being used. This is especially so at closing time, when perhaps the water is particularly grimy and the once-chirpy fellow offering to valet your car is fatigued to say the least - this is perhaps the time to turn down a normal car valet. A much wiser idea, if you are concerned about the cleanliness of your local car valet, is to seek out a professional car valeting franchise, where standards are closely monitored. After all, when leaving your precious automobile with another person, you want to know it's going to be looked after! High-quality valets don't use the regular soap and bucket either; when they don't use a specialised cleaning hose, the hand-cleaning products are often disposable, yet biodegradable and recyclable; meaning you don't get the old sponge at the end of the day. What is for sure is that the use of car valets is booming, credit crunch or not. There's no real denying that a few pounds to have your car cleaning is far better value than spending your Sunday afternoon soaked to the bone. What it does bring, however, is the added risk of fraud and theft - yet another reason to go with a franchise. Professional car valet franchises keep track of all their members so, in the rare occasion that something does go wrong or missing, you know exactly who did exactly what to your car. Without a doubt these high quality car valets offer a refreshing change to the less-than secure alternative found in backstreet car parks.