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    car cosmetician?

    Dear Friends,

    Is there such a profession as 'car cosmetician' in standard English? I mean someone who works in a car wash and cleans cars. Anyway, is it car wash or car cosmetics/cosmetician? Any difference?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Palinkasocsi
    Last edited by palinkasocsi; 15-Jan-2010 at 17:04.

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    Re: car cosmetician?

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Is there such a profession as 'car cosmetician' in standard English? I mean someone who works in a car wash and cleans cars. Anyway, is it car wash or car cosmetics/cosmetician? Any difference?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Palinkasocsi
    In BrE, it's "a car wash". I have never heard the term "car cosmetician", I think someone who works in a car wash is a "car wash assistant". In my experience though, the vast majority of car washes are automatic.

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    Re: car cosmetician?

    In AusE, this person is a 'car detailer'. Such people are employed by sales yards.
    More is involved than just washing the car. It needs to be vacuumed and polished inside, deodorized, the floor mats straightened, etc.


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    Re: car cosmetician?

    Does a 'car wash assistant' do things like vacuuming and polishing inside, deodorizing, etc, or does he just wash the car? Or is there another word for someone who washes the car and cleans the inside of it too?

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    Re: car cosmetician?

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Does a 'car wash assistant' do things like vacuuming and polishing inside, deodorizing, etc, or does he just wash the car? Or is there another word for someone who washes the car and cleans the inside of it too?
    A car wash assistant just washes the outside of the car. The kind of cleaning that you describe, and that Raymott describes as the work of a "car detailer" is the work of a "car valet" in BrE.

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    Re: car cosmetician?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A car wash assistant just washes the outside of the car. The kind of cleaning that you describe, and that Raymott describes as the work of a "car detailer" is the work of a "car valet" in BrE.
    ... pronounced either /'vŠleɪ/ or /'vŠlɪt/.

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