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I'm just curious if I'm the only freak that refuses to use the free complimentary valet service that is offered at restaurants, shows, etc.

My fiancée gives me crap about it all the time, but for some reason I just can't hand the keys over to a stranger unless there is no other option.
 

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NO, don't use the valet service. I'm not speaking for all valet services. But most of them when they see a nice car, they'll "rip" it up. I have had friends worked as a valet, they warn me to never use any valet service because they're all the same. If you value your car and what not, park it yourself. Unless you're really late and can't find a space and your gf/fiancee is b!tching to go eat or somewhere in a hurry.
 

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NO, don't use the valet service. I'm not speaking for all valet services. But most of them when they see a nice car, they'll "rip" it up. I have had friends worked as a valet, they warn me to never use any valet service because they're all the same. If you value your car and what not, park it yourself. Unless you're really late and can't find a space and your gf/fiancee is b!tching to go eat or somewhere in a hurry.
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But what about a nice hotel? There are many places you have no choice. What confuses me is tipping! Traditionally, people seem to tip when their car is brought back, but I think it's more important to be good to the guy whose parking it. My brother-in-law give the kid 10,20 whatever - way too much, but almost always gets his car parked less than 30 feet away, not in the lot....

And I tend to disagree about them messing with your car. I almost never valet it, but when I do, most of the guys working love the car, ask about the wheels etc... I've never had a problem.
 

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i valeted my car in atlantic city about 6 months ago. made an appointment w/ dent wizard when i got home. i still do valet though every once in awhile. sometimes u just have to, i'd rather take my chances than walk half a mile in the freezing cold
 

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i would never valet my ride:nono: NEVER, i have friends that seriously have a blast when they go to work. it doesnt matter where the place or how classy it is... a valet guy is a valet guy... they get paid the same all around.... the exception is if you tip really well i suppose but still, i dont like to see other people in the drivers seat of my ride... just my opinion:dunno:
 

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So, what do you guys do if there isn't on street parking? For example at a Casino or hotel? I'm assuming they won't let you drive it into their lot. I had a valet screw up my ponticrap at a hotel and didn't notice for days, by then it was too late to do anything about it. The idea of that happening with a $45k car scares the piss out of me.
 

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I valet my car all the time

I vallet my car all the time, but only at reputable/upscale places. I stay at upscale hotels a lot and it's usually never a problem. In fact, 10 or 20 bucks can get your car parked a few feet away. I think that as long as you are courteous to the valet and tip them it's not really a problem. I'm seen some shady valet services, and I've shyed away from them. However, I'll valet my car at hotels and resturants all the time.
 

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If I can help it, I would very much try to avoid using valet. To earn extra cash during my first year in college, I used to valet during weekends. Believe it or not, I never 'ripped' any car I parked, it's not in my nature to do something aweful to someone else's property. Anyway, The lot I worked in had very very tight spots so I had no choice but to park very closely to each car. Getting out of the car was a challenge since I sometimes had to brush the other car's door to get through. I point is that it's not just the valet 'ripping' the car but it's the spot they park the cars.
 

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I've seen a lot of valet drivers at nice places drive and park cars. They drive your car very carefully when you are still in sight and then they gun it when you are not. Many of them scrape the bottom of the cars as they enter/exit a ramped parking lot. This is just from my personal experience of watching. I personally avoid valet and don't mind having to walk a little bit further than having a scraped up car, especially with my front so low.

Of course, I'm sure that there are people out there in the valet service that do take very good care of the customer's car. Guess I haven't met any yet.
 

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Channel 2 news did an undercover story about valet parkers. They rigged a nice Mercedes with a bunch of hidden cameras and valeted the car at various places around Los Angeles. What I saw completely shocked me. A lot of the valet parkers opened up the glove compartment and center console looking for things to steal. Some of the things they stole were cash, CD's, sunglasses, cigarettes, etc. A few workers even took the car out for a spin around the block and drove really fast and did not even care when they scraped the car's undercarriage on the driveway. Ever since I saw this report, I decided I would never again valet my car.
 

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i always valet and laugh at you freaks that are still walking to the restaurant when im driving away all stuffed! :thumbup:
 

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Even at nice places your car can get damaged. I had my car valeted at Capital Grill on Newbury St. in Boston and the rear bumper got dented where it rolled back into the license plate of the car behind it. I figured the Capital Grill of all places would be cool about getting it fixed. I was so very wrong :(

If you get damage and don't notice it when you are getting in your car they probably will not cover it...And who wants to look like a tool inspecting their car after coming out of a pimp restaurant. In the above case someone else took my car home so I didn't even have a fighting chance. :(

I am not saying they were hauling around or being careless but they have to park the cars tight and accidents happen.

No way will I ever valet my car again!

Black330ci said:
i always valet and laugh at you freaks that are still walking to the restaurant when im driving away all stuffed! :thumbup:
I will laugh at your car in the body shop from valet damage :lmao:


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I used the valet service at Luxor at Vegas and all I have to say is that I'm impressed. They get to park ferraris, porches and shiz so I trust them wit my car. I gave the guy a big tip cause I've never seen anyone try go over a speed bump so slow in my life (he was in my car).
 

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If I can help it, I would very much try to avoid using valet. To earn extra cash during my first year in college, I used to valet during weekends. Believe it or not, I never 'ripped' any car I parked, it's not in my nature to do something aweful to someone else's property. Anyway, The lot I worked in had very very tight spots so I had no choice but to park very closely to each car. Getting out of the car was a challenge since I sometimes had to brush the other car's door to get through. I point is that it's not just the valet 'ripping' the car but it's the spot they park the cars.
I didn't mean all valet service do that. It depends on the valet guy. Some of them just dont give a sh!t because it's not their car and they won't get punished for it. And some will actually treat your car like it's their own and take care of it. Speaking from personal experiences having to use valet service and having close friends working as valets. Dont' trust them. Or as least the ones in San Francisco. Like another member said, they'll drive it slow and careful til you're out of sight. And if you have money/valuable in there, they'll take it because there's no way for you to prove that the valet guy took it or a way for you(owner) to prove that you had that money or valuable in it before you dropped it off. I have seen so much abuse with my own eyes at valet services. Of course i'm not dropping off my car, it's always the girls' car that i'm with. Best way, is to get the girl to drive you around. That way, you'll avoid the valets all together. HAHAH
 
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