Here are my top 3 posts about valet parking...

These top 3 posts are very consistent.

A street scene in New Haven, Connecticut. Nice little city...

A street scene in New Haven, Connecticut. Nice little city...

This site gets visitors from between 35 to 42 countries every month.

Google sends in the bulk of the traffic.

The #1 most popular post is: "How To Start A Valet Parking Business."

The #2 most popular post is: "What To Do When Valet Damages Your Car."

And the #3 most popular post is: "What To Do After A Valet Service Loses Your Keys."

Bad things do happen with valet parking services. On TripAdvisor I just saw a story about how somebody traveled to Chicago to pick up their brand new car. They left it with the hotel's valet parking service. Unfortunately, the valet moved the car into a bad spot, something dripped on to the paint, and the damage to the car's finish was permanent.

This is more likely to happen in old garages, but it can happen in fairly modern garages too. It can result from something dripping out of a leaky pipe, or water seeping through the upper concrete decks, where a mixture of lime and water is the culprit.

In another recent TripAdvisor post, somebody trusted the valet service because they were staying at a very expensive hotel. But an item of their's still disappeared from the car. (They vow not to return.)

According to this recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, a valet drove an SUV into somebody's 2014 BMW. Though the consumer felt strongly that the valet service was at fault, the hotel and the valet parking company have put up strong resistance to paying compensation.

So even when valet-inflicted damage is found before the consumer pulls away, it can still be a terrible ordeal to get fair treatment.

Above, here is somebody getting walloped by a car rental agency for a valet losing their keys. That's a $250 charge, plus tax... which comes out to a total of $292.23.

In this situation, a typical valet parking service isn't going to be quick to write a check for a customer's loss. It probably is going to be a long drawn-out battle to get proper compensation. And the valet service knows that most people will eventually give up.

Anyway, most people are finding my site because something has gone wrong with a valet parking experience, and they are looking for guidance about what to do.

The bulk of my traffic comes from the United States.

Other significant traffic sources are:

  • #2 United Kingdom
  • #3 Canada
  • #4 India
  • #5 Australia
  • #6 United Arab Emirates
  • #7 Singapore

I started the blog in June 2014 with occasional posts. The growth curve of traffic was slow to arc up. In January I increased the pace of new posts. Four months later the traffic jumped-up noticeably and continued to make large percentage gains month to month.

This month I did barely anything with new posts, yet traffic gains have continued.

That's where things stand right now. (I have found this to be an interesting blogging experiment.)