Handing your keys to a valet and blindly trusting that everything will be okay is a common form of valet parking roulette. You should be taking steps to lower the chances of having problems.
Using a "codeword tag" is one thing you can do that will make it less likely your car will disappear while it is in the care of a valet parking service. (Which can happen!)
You can make one of these tags yourself, probably in just a few minutes... Read More
If you know you are going to use a valet parking service, then empty your car before you go there. Take everything of value out. Read More
You invite the disappearance of your things when you leave them in the car while valet parking. It is simply a big mistake to trust that the valets won't steal from you, or won't fail to secure your car.
Yesterday, for fun, I stopped by one of the places where I used to valet park cars. And an amusing situation arose... Read More
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