Meet Ed Bews – Owner of VCC

How long have you lived in Vietnam?

I moved to Vietnam 11 years ago with my wife, since moving here we’ve had two boys, both born here. Vietnam is very much my home now! I enjoy the beauty of Vietnam and have traveled extensively around the country, I have especially enjoyed my motorcycle road trips around the Central Highlands.

What do you like most about Vietnam?

Vietnam is a beautiful country to live in, and there are many things that I love about living here. The food is delicious, healthy and cheap – some of the best meals I have had have been in Vietnam. My favorite has to be either sizzling Banh Xeo or Mi Quang. 

Traveling around Vietnam is always a great experience, there is so much to see and do here – my favorite place is Phong Nha Ke Bang, it is stunningly beautiful and peaceful.

How long have you had a passion for cars?

I have always been fascinated by cars ever since I was a child. When I was 17; I bought my first car, I passed my driving test in less than a few months – It was a Fiat Punto Sport, Bright Yellow, Abarth Body Kit, lowered suspension, super loud exhaust, and my neighbors absolutely hated it.

I replaced it quickly with a Ford Fiesta ST Turbo – bright blue, custom body kit, inches from the floor, dual exhausts and 26 speakers in the car! My parents hated it, but I was obsessed. I cleaned it every other day, upgraded the engine, sound system, etc. It was a fantastic car!

Why did you setup VCC?

Back in 2014, I was having my bike washed, and there was a guy with a Lamborghini there. I watched in horror as the ‘detailer’ used a dirty sponge to clean the wheels. Then without even rinsing the sponge, he started wiping down the paintwork. I spoke to the owner of the car and said ‘Why not take this beautiful car to a proper detailer, your paintwork is getting ruined’ – He replied nonchalantly ‘This is the best around.’

From that point, an idea was formed. I spent six months in 2014 riding my bike around every district trying to find a professional car care centre. I couldn’t find one, so I went about setting up Elite Detailing. After just one year of business, due to our popularity, we outgrew our small garage. So we went about finding more extensive premises. At this point, we also rebranded as Vietnam Car Care.

In 2015 I brought in, Steven – an experienced detailer from Germany, who trained all of the team at Vietnam Car Care to high-quality German standards, ensuring they had the skills in detailing, paint correction and ceramic coatings. As Steven produced his own ceramic coatings, it was very beneficial for the whole of the Vietnam Car Care to be trained by him.

My aim of setting up was not just to run a business to turn a profit (although that always helps) but also to improve the standard of the detailing industry in Vietnam. I aim for this through education, training and assisting other people to run their businesses. I am happy to say I have succeeded in doing this through great partnerships with Vietnam Car Care Nha Trang and Dalat.

What’re your plans for 2019?

2019 is an exciting year for me, we are rolling out a new dedicated Detailing Academy in the first quarter, which is a massive project but will be very beneficial to the detailing industry in Vietnam.

We are also aiming to open four new centres in other cities around Vietnam – we are seeking partners who want to grow together. So if you are in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Danang, Can Tho or Vung Tau and want to work with us – please get in touch with me!

This year will see a big drive in the distribution of car care products and tools. 2019 will see us bring over international detailing experts for seminars, training, and workshops.

I hope everyone in the detailing industry has a great 2019, feel free to subscribe below to get weekly updates from our blog. Plus, we are also working on some really cool projects that I will share more about later. 

Finally – the biggest surprise you’ve had in this country?

The most surprising thing about living in Vietnam has to be the traffic and the number of motorcycles on the road.

I remember about two weeks after arriving, I was driving down the road and a motorcycle loaded with hundreds of eggs went through the red lights. I ended up crashing into the bike loaded with eggs. Luckily we were going slowly, and nobody was injured, but I ended up covered in from head-to-toe in broken eggs and yolks. 

The guy who was riding was really upset as he was worried he would be in trouble with his boss as now he couldn’t sell his eggs. I ended up just buying the broken eggs, and we laughed together over a coffee at the side of the road while the girls in the coffee shop helped to pick cracked eggs out of my clothes and hair!

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