Green Star Premium Car Care provides an environmentally friendly mobile car valet service that uses the hot water and steam based approach to clean the interior and exterior of cars with limited contact to the vehicle. The minimal contact approach and the use of non-toxic products means there is less damage to the vehicle paintwork which gives a perfect result. Herts Review spoke with Zoltan Szabo, a car enthusiast and the founder of Green Star Premium Car Care to get more insight on his business.
Zoltan launched Green Star Premium Car Care 3 years ago after making the ultimate decision to start his own business. He also could see an opportunity in the market for an eco-friendly valet service for cars. According to Zoltan “I could see from the news and other public information that protecting our environment is key. It is the way forward. Most valet and car wash services use up a lot of water and do not get the right results. I always felt there was another way”.
Years of research and significant investment in high end equipment has put Green Star in a unique position as a leader in the eco-friendly mobile car valet space. “We wanted a unique service focused entirely on the customer. Customer satisfaction is key. It does not matter how long it takes to complete a job but we would not leave the site until the customer is happy. Our focus is on quality and not quantity”.
It feels like Zoltan has been auditioning for this moment all his life. He recalls his humble beginning in his birth place Hungary and how did not have a lot of money or possessions as a child. “It was pretty tough growing up in Eastern Europe then. The economy was tough and so families struggled. I had to be innovative at a young age to keep up. This meant that whatever I had needed to be in pristine condition so that I never felt left out. I had a way of keeping things clean and shiny”.
Combining his passion for cars with his ability to keep things “clean and shiny” has resulted in a thriving business. “I have always had jobs which had a connection with a car. I really love cars. I was a cab driver, then a chauffeur to a multimillionaire business man and then I decided I wanted my independence and freedom so I set up this business”. After years of steady growth, the business has really picked up this year.
“I am really amazed at what has happened in the last 6 months despite the challenging situation due to the covid-19 pandemic. There has been strong demand for our service”. The company’s diverse customers include individual car owners, car dealers buying cars from auction and classic car owners among others. “These customers want their vehicles transformed and so they ask for our service. We do not use any aggressive materials, we protect the paint work and the leather interiors. Generally our customers are very happy”.
Although things are gradually taking off, the company has had a few challenges. “I had to fund the business 100%. I had to sell my Volvo to fund the business. Since we started I have had to reinvest all my profits into the business to help it grow. My wife has been invaluable all the way because it has been a big risk to us”. Another challenge has been education. “Although we are affordable some people we speak to do not understand the true value of what we do. They are getting a really good deal because we protect one of their biggest investments”.
Operating from his Muswell Hill base in North London, Green Star Premium Car Care covers a radius of 30 minutes around the area. “Usually I take on 3 or 4 jobs in a day. So it is important that I give a great service and do not spend a lot of time on the road moving from one destination to another. If there are big jobs then I may travel further”. The service is a touchless wash using steam and hot water. No scrubbing, no brush or sponge, may use a little bit of water depending on the state of the vehicle. Steam can get rid of dirt in corners and even get rid of chewing gum in seconds.
Looking to the future, Zoltan hopes to grow the business with more vehicles operating in London, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. “I believe we are the future. We want to attract some investment to add a fleet of 15 electric cars providing our service. We will never compromise on our standards but it is important that we are serving more customers. Most of our business has been based on recommendation from other happy customers but we are investing more in online advertising to attract more business as part of our growth plans.
If you need a 5 star eco-friendly mobile valet car service then call Green Star Premium Car Service on 07756 909 444.