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Do you valet your car ?

Discussion in 'California (Southern)' started by legendd, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. legendd

    legendd Karting
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    I live in Los Angeles where everywhere you go, you park your car with valet.
    Any locals with some advice ?
    Do I tip and ask to park it in front or do I let them park it for me ?

    Thank you for any advice


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  2. srslusso

    srslusso Formula Junior
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    Do not let a valet near your Ferrari !
    If you are going to a place where there is no other option, take another car or Uber.
    Ferrari’s are for driving not showing off via a valet and big tip to park it up front or...
     
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  3. TrojanFan

    TrojanFan F1 Rookie
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    Im in LA and never let the valets touch the car. As long as you pay the parking rate and tip, most places will let you self park and often will move other cars so you can park in front.

    I dont care what car im driving, i never let the valet park my car anymore. Ive had stuff stolen out of my car and cars damaged and getting them to accept any responsibility is almost impossible. On top of that, depending on what im driving that day, fewer and fewer know how to drive a manual transmission.
     
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  4. sparetireless

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    Ritz Carlton Valet Tore the reverse lever out, $4500

    they paid quick, I recommend them.

    the 360 F1 is simply too hard for a valet to drive, and the design of the reverse lever is insane.
     
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  5. flat_plane_eddie

    flat_plane_eddie Formula 3
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    I think I've used a car valet 3-4 times in my whole life and that was for a cheaper daily driver. Never for my "special" car.
     
  6. LorenzoOO

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    It’s a car. Drive it. Don’t be a girly man. If you spend your time worrying about it, you can’t afford it.
     
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  7. flat_plane_eddie

    flat_plane_eddie Formula 3
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    That's got to be one of the stupidest things I've read on here.
     
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  8. cls

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    I agree with the first 1/2 though.
     
  9. legendd

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    So what I conclude is, drive your car and enjoy it.
    Ask the valet to park it yourself and keep the keys.
    If they have no issues with that, that's great.
    If not, let them park it and move on.
    The point of buying this car is enjoying it without worrying about every little thing.



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  10. flat_plane_eddie

    flat_plane_eddie Formula 3
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    I do too but emphasis on YOU drive YOUR car. Don't let strangers do so, especially when that entails close parking.

    Saying that you can't afford a car because you worry about valets damaging it is quite silly.
     
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  11. ShadowF430

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    Yeah, I’ve valet 2 times as a last resort. I don’t like it. When the valet moved the Ferrari there was the water run off and it’s like he was afraid to give it gas to go up it. After that, no more valet. I just tell them I’ll pay and self park it.
     
  12. LorenzoOO

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    We’re all on this earth a short time. Enjoy your life. If a ding or a scratch on your car causes you to have a stress crisis you need therapy.
     
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  13. jlonmark

    jlonmark F1 Rookie

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    Just look at the cars that the valets own. They're usually the ones parked on the street in front of the fancy place conveniently at the meter that's free after 8:00pm or whatever. I and way too many others have been victimized of theft, damage, personal info stolen, car used as a taxi, etc. I am completely against it entirely. In the event that they will not let me self park, I will most likely leave and never return to the establishment. In the event I'm on a date, I'll always uber so I can drink and not have to worry.
     
  14. MAXF430

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    After curbing my wheels many times I never let valet park my car. I self-park in the valet, pay, and tip them. If the valet has an issue with that I’ll go to the self-parking or go to another venue. If you’re kind to the valet they’ll let you self-park in the valet almost all of the time and actually keep an eye on your car.
     
  15. sltillim

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    I was parking in La Jolla on a date. The valet at Eddie V's at first didn't want to let me park it (literally in the spot right in front of me). I told him there was no way and I'm dropping him a 20. He still had some resistance. I said "look man, you wouldn't be able to even start it if you tried...." (carbed Gt4 wait 15sec, pump twice turn and hold technique). He gave in and said can you at least leave me the keys? Fortunately for me, i have a re-pro set because the original "dino" key chain is so rare that I've seen them with a sale price of a couple K.....
     
  16. Testarossa Sean

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    Hahaha!


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  17. Testarossa Sean

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    Dude was probably confused at what a carb is and what you meant by “pump twice” lol
     
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  19. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    I only valet my own Ferrari , “Self Park” :D
     
  20. TrojanFan

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    I dont let my wife drive them and i sleep with her. Why would i let a valet?

    Yes its just a car but i have to deal with the aftermath if it goes wrong. Ive had bad experiences with valets and daily driver cars that i wouldnt trust them. That being said i have never come across one that wouldnt let me self park and often them move cars for me.
     
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  21. ipsedixit

    ipsedixit Karting

    As a former valet myself, I would never valet a car I'm driving. Maybe a rental. Maybe.
     
  22. Testarossa Lover

    Testarossa Lover F1 Rookie
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    If I can't self park in a valet spot, I leave and never come back.

    The guy in front of Eddie V's pulled the same thing on me as previously mentioned but let me park after I used my line.

    Have you driven one of these with a Race Clutch that cost $10K before? They will immediately say no. I quickly ask where would you like me to pull in? If this fails, I leave.

    I have not been to Javier's Newport Coast in years because of it.

    On a fun note, I love going to Mastros Newport Coast, they know me so when I pull in, Valet usually moves a Lambo or a Rolls so I can take their prime spot. :)
     
  23. F2003-GA

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    I pay the Valet well and pick my own spot and self park
    Usually I get the closet to entry spot - Never had a problem
     

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