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Would you ever let a Valet park your car? Have you ever let a valet park your car? I used to Valet in college and I would never allow a valet to park a collector car. I have seen too many things. Only once have I allowed a valet to park my everyday car and that was nerve racking. Anybody have any interesting stories? 

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No. Even if I found them to be trustworthy, I think old cars - even as late as the fifties - are too unfamiliar to most folks.

 

I would probably pay to see a valet try to drive a Model T, though, with it's manual spark advance and no gas pedal. 😄

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14 minutes ago, Brass is Best said:

...I used to Valet in college and I would never allow a valet to park a collector car.  I have seen too many things.... 

 

Do you mean letting a valet park a modern car, or a collector car?

 

Andy, what have you seen?

As a past valet, your experiences may be very enlightening to us!

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10 minutes ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

Do you mean letting a valet park a modern car, or a collector car?

 

Andy, what have you seen?

As a past valet, your experiences may be very enlightening to us!

 

I mean letting a valet park any car. I saw a lot of slipped clutches, and door dings. We had to park the cars in a old parking garage build in the 1920's. One night another valet took a high top conversion van into the garage and promptly wedged it under a beam. The manager always seemed to have a hard time getting sports cars to turn into the garage with out making a big loop around the block which included getting on and off of the freeway. Another Valet company which operated at the restaurant next door gave a Mercedes to the wrong customer one night. The customer decided not to say anything and drove it home. That mess was straightened out the following day with the help of Police. 

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We went out to an expensive dinner in the '29 Cadillac last summer and I just rolled up to the valet stand and we got out like it was totally normal. The valets (one male one female) didn't even try to get in the car, they just said, "Is that a stick shift? You should probably park this yourself," and pointed me towards a spot right in front. I don't know what I expected--if the kid had climbed in ready to go, I probably would have watched until he made a mistake or until he parked it successfully. It's not like he can really hurt the car or the mechanicals, but the problem wasn't the car's age, it was the fact that it had a clutch...

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No..at least not an old car. I doubt anyone would want to go on a joy ride on my 19-year old Bravada. But, the chances of my going to anywhere with valet parking are about nil so I will not have to think about it.

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Not a valet parking guy but I watched a mechanic nearly drive my 55 Buick off an alignment rack because he put the shift selector where it normally goes in a newer car and stepped on the gas without visually checking for "R'................Bob

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Yes, we go to the Mayo Clinic  often with a fairly low mile 07 Buick.  Never had any problem of any kind.   No tipping is allowed.  I wouldn't turn my  Vette much less a collector car over to a person who is unfamiliar with it. 

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I have had valets park pretty much all of my modern cars for the past 25 years but I would never even consider allowing a valet to park one of my 60's cars or my classic cars.

 

In 2006 we took our Pierce to the National Pierce Arrow Society meet held in Oregon.

Back then it was illegal to pump your own fuel.

We put over 300 miles on the car during various tours and not once did a gas station attendant even attempt to pump gas for us.

Every last one just told us they didn't want to mess anything up and told us to pump out own gas.

 

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8 minutes ago, zepher said:

I have had valets park pretty much all of my modern cars for the past 25 years but I would never even consider allowing a valet to park one of my 60's cars or my classic cars.

 

In 2006 we took our Pierce to the National Pierce Arrow Society meet held in Oregon.

Back then it was illegal to pump your own fuel.

We put over 300 miles on the car during various tours and not once did a gas station attendant even attempt to pump gas for us.

Every last one just told us they didn't want to mess anything up and told us to pump out own gas.

 

It is still the law in Oregon. The deal is that if you have a collector car or do not trust the attendant, you are free to pump your own gas....especially motorcycles.

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16 minutes ago, J.H.Boland said:

No !

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There is no damage to the car.  Believe none of what you here and half of what ya see. 

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I would not want a valet parking my hobby cars but I have no problem with the dailies. My current vehicle is a Dodge Durango SRT with 475 hp, it has a "valet" drive mode setting that you can activate with a PIN, cuts the horsepower down and eliminates first gear!

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Once let a valet park my model A Ford. Never knew the grinding of gears was so loud outside the car! He had a good time though.(1960's)

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We had a 2009 Sonata with a five speed manual we just sold a few weeks ago. Valeted several times at events my wife had to do in Cincinnati over the years and was surprised how they always had someone who could drive a stick. Of my eleven collector cars, I would let them valet my 67 Camaro as it is a PowerGuide and plenty of  old door dings as it has only been partially restored. My wife and I drive it a couple times a year to our work parking garages downtown. I drove it yesterday to a club lunch and don't worry about where I park it. I probably will never fixed the door dints and rust in the front fender because it is nice to have a couple cars I don't worry about. My 70 Vette is another driver quality one with a four speed I might consider Valeting. I have a 1911 Model T Ford and Matt has given me an idea to try this summer. 

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If you can, get a peek behind the building before you go in.

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"Whoa, man, like that '60 Buick is bristling with all kinds of anti-theft devices."

 

This brings back memories of the auction at Hershey when they had a couple of Duesenbergs that were coughing and belching up to the block in a cloud of smoke. I think that was also the year the young woman stalled the Bentley R type on the ramp. We figured that incident cost $10 to 15 K on the Bentley alone.

 

Last time we went to a valet place the older man in charge spread his arms and guided us to a spot eight next to the entrance. We sat in the window overlooking our car.

 

(can't find reverse on a Dynafow anyway)

 

And 25 years ago I misplaced the key for my Riviera. The ignition was unlocked so it's fine. Gotta get a new one made someday.

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I once had a valet park my rustbucket 70 Olds.  The latch on the driver's door was a bit persnickety, and after the car still hadn't appeared after a 5-minute wait, I went looking for it.  The valet had his hands on the latch and his foot against the back door, pulling as hard as he could to get the door opened.  I walked over, opened it with one hand, gave him a couple of bucks, and drove off.

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1 hour ago, zepher said:

I have had valets park pretty much all of my modern cars for the past 25 years but I would never even consider allowing a valet to park one of my 60's cars or my classic cars.

 

 

Same here, I have had more damage done on my new cars that get serviced at the Cadillac Dealership then anywhere else, of course they deny it every time

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2 hours ago, Bhigdog said:

Not a valet parking guy but I watched a mechanic nearly drive my 55 Buick off an alignment rack because he put the shift selector where it normally goes in a newer car and stepped on the gas without visually checking for "R'................Bob

Ditto and when I was working in a GM dealership (1960's) they had backed a 98 Olds on to the front end machine to check something.  The service salesman said he didn't trust the car jockey to drive off the machine so he jumped , put the car in "R" and backed the rest of the way in to the alignment pit.

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I don't own any vehicles manufactured in this century, the 1999 Olds is my newest. If you gave me the keys to 12 cars in a parking garage  I wonder how many I could move? 

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Being a little  worried every time I have to leave my Buick in busy or unprotected situation ,  for instance when we go out for a meal or drink and car is not within my vision , I have found that the top hotels here in Cyprus love the opportunity to have Ruby parked in a prominent position , however most have a valet service , so reluctantly I have handed over keys . These hotels are also casinos and have many very rich punters visiting , so Ruby has been mixing with some high rollers , they have a private parking bay out front of one hotel and Ruby was nestled between New Ferrari and Lamborghini,  I went to another hotel and valet took keys , when I came Ruby was parked on their forcourt , between the hotels two new bentleys they use for picking up their top clients . Valet must have been pretty good driver as access to forcourt was between two pillars hardly wider than Ruby or Bentley , haven’t risked that one since.

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2 hours ago, TexRiv_63 said:

My current vehicle is a Dodge Durango SRT with 475 hp, it has a "valet" drive mode setting that you can activate with a PIN, cuts the horsepower down and eliminates first gear!

 

Interesting. With my daughter's used Toyota, one of the keys operated both the ignition and the trunk, but the other key wouldn't open the trunk, and we couldn't figure out why. The dealer service dept. said the second key was a valet key so they couldn't get into our trunk, which apparently happens.

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And, of course, if you use a valet there's always the sage advice to never set your car's GPS to "HOME" using your actual home address, just something near enough that you can get home from there. The idea being that the valet has your keys, possibly with your house keys on the ring, as well as your car. Your car's navigation system will give him step-by-step directions directly to your front door to which, of course, he has the keys. Plus he knows you're not home--you're at dinner and you'll probably be there for two hours or so.

 

Does this actually happen? I don't know. I doubt it. But in this world of people being scared of putting their bank account info on wire transfers and hiding their license plates in photographs, I suppose it's one more thing to make us needlessly fearful.

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Took wife's 2000 BMW z3 for touch up paint from door dings and also front air dam scuffs on bottom. Went to pick it up and service tech(valet) brought it around front and promptly pulled it up to the curb and did the same damage to the air dam that had just been repaired! No words spoken imediately... I just turned around and asked them to call me when it finished.....         The 53 Pontiac is at another paint shop right now, don't think I will have someone move my cars again.... Ever

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56 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

And, of course, if you use a valet there's always the sage advice to never set your car's GPS to "HOME" using your actual home address, just something near enough that you can get home from there. The idea being that the valet has your keys, possibly with your house keys on the ring, as well as your car. Your car's navigation system will give him step-by-step directions directly to your front door to which, of course, he has the keys. Plus he knows you're not home--you're at dinner and you'll probably be there for two hours or so.

 

Does this actually happen? I don't know. I doubt it. But in this world of people being scared of putting their bank account info on wire transfers and hiding their license plates in photographs, I suppose it's one more thing to make us needlessly fearful.

 

That's good advice regardless of where you park your car.  If you leave it at the airport, it wouldn't take a guy very long to figure out where there's a house that might be empty for a while.  My suggestion is to set your home location to a local grocery store or bar.  The presumption, of course, is that you know how to make it home from there.  Or maybe the bar really is your home.

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