The brutal truth is... you cannot trust that your car will be safe, that nothing bad will happen. People visit my site every day looking for answers about what to do after their valet parking experience went awry. Don't be like them. Acquaint yourself to the risks of using these services.
Here is a list which shows what can go wrong -- from the slightly inconvenient, to the crushing aggravation and stress that can result. Read More
A scumbag conned a woman into thinking he was a real valet worker at a hospital in Minnesota. He said he would park it for her. But instead he drove it to another state where it got involved in a 120 mph high speed chase with police. And now the victim is dealing with the aftermath of it all. Read More
There probably are colleges and universities, like Mesa College, that are considering the offering of a year-round valet parking program for the benefit of their students and visitors. In this post I give some suggestions on how to structure your valet parking program. Read More
Are you scared to valet park your car during a weekend outing? Just get a cheap Enterprise weekend rental. You'll have much less to worry about.
I was a heavy user of their weekend special for more than half a year.
Here are some of my notes and tips about it. Read More
Pissing off the valet right from the start? Bad idea... It can lead to certain vehicular abuses.
Somebody created a little web series of comedic valet parking episodes. In this mini-episode, a valet shows what she likes to do when a customer asks for it. Read More
If somebody put a valet kiosk along a roadway and dressed up as a valet worker, and if you were the Geico gecko desperately in search of a parking option, would you toss your car key to that valet?
If you did that, it would be a high risk thing that invites problems.
Here are my thoughts on "the key toss." Read More
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes a criminal will trick a person into handing over their car key. They pretend to be real valet workers. It's such a brazen thing that usually the victim just goes along with it, believing that everything is fine. Read More
When it is time to get the car back, that's when they realize they got conned.
Here is the protocol I suggest you follow when suddenly being in a mandatory valet parking situation...
A lot of valet workers consider themselves to be unfairly paid. This is how some of them justify stealing from their customers' cars. They feel they DESERVE IT.
Others steal because they simply believe they can get away with it. And it is a way to make extra cash.
Even if they are trustworthy, it's always possible they will forget to roll-up a window or ensure that all doors are locked. And then a passerby finds that an opportunity to plunder exists. Read More
The video in this article catches a lying, stealing valet in the act, and then the confrontation with a news reporter that follows...
Here's a valet moving Lamborghini sports cars around like the ultimate professional, but then he makes a dumb mistake. Read More