Valet staging areas are deceptively dangerous.
Senior drivers who don't belong on the road could hop the curb and drive straight into you. A rookie valet could hit the gas instead of the brake, or fail to ensure the vehicle is in park and won't roll forward.
Young valets like to bring their phones to work. They could easily crash into you while checking their latest text messages.
And a car thief could — at anytime — hop into a running car in the valet staging area and then attempt a desperate getaway, which could involve running people over.
You simply need to keep your eyes and ears open when valet parking. Read More
There have been many bad stories about valet parking in the press and on the internet. Some people have sworn they will never give-in to the idea of using such a service, where their car is in the possession of young strangers. But sometimes there simply is no other alternative. So if you are one of those people, take a little time to get prepared for this situation — for just in case. Read More
Lightly staffed valet services that use kiosks to store customer keys bring a higher chance of vehicle theft to consumers. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. Valet services lose cars to car thieves. Read More
The head of a British marketing firm found out the hard way what can happen when a valet who isn't professional gets a chance to drive a fancy car. Read More
In the latest valet parking fiasco, a valet in Rome has severely damaged (and probably totaled) a Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano.
From the photos, it appears the Ferrari had some velocity when it crashed into the building. Read More
It keeps happening in Atlanta... TWO MORE valet parked cars were stolen in Atlanta yesterday. The good news is they were recovered by police, along with TWO OTHER cars that had been stolen from different valet services. (The recovery happened thanks to a geo-locating feature inside one of the heisted cars.)
The stories here teach a good lesson about how some valet services are set-up to be higher risk for vehicle theft. I explain how to notice these higher risk valet services in this article. Read More
Atlanta has become an unusually risky city to use valet parking services. There appear to be criminals there who are developing a specialty in car heists involving valet parked cars. Read More
About two weeks ago a valet in California gave a car to a thief. And now it has happened again, this time in Atlanta. While the California thief was a smooth talker, the Atlanta thief opted instead to just grab the keys and smash his way out of the parking lot, according to this new report. Read More
There are plenty of rookie valets out there. You don't want them touching your car. Especially if they are giving you very clear red flags. (Unless you don't care about your car.) Read More