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Parking Tips for Using Valet Parking Services

Source: https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/etiquette/how-to-use-valet-parking-without-looking-like-an-idiot/

Have you ever wondered how to make your Valet Parking experience go smoothly? Here are some tips that’ll surely protect you and help the Valet Parking Attendants!

Tips by: Brett & Kate McKay • March 19, 2013


  1. Tidy up your car.
  2. Have some cash on hand. 


  • Pay attention when dropping off your car. Be alert for valets directing traffic and follow their lead.
  • Tuck away all your valuables.
  • Grab what you need for the night. 
  • Leave the car running. Don’t take your keys out of the ignition. Just park the car and leave it running.
  • Wait until the valet opens the door for you (or not).  If the valet service is being offered at a high-end hotel or restaurant, expect to have the valet come open the door for you. If it’s a less formal event, like an art festival, you might not get that sort of service, so just get out of the car as soon as you pull up.
  • Inform the valet of your vehicle’s quirks, if it’s relevant. 
  • Get your ticket. 
  • Consider tipping the valet who takes your car from you. 


  1. Call Ahead and Give the Valet Service a Headsup!
  2. Give your ticket to the head valet and pay. 
  3. Lost Ticket? Inform the managing valet that you’ve lost your claim ticket.
  4. Check your vehicle for damage/stolen items. 


  1. First, offer a tip even if the valet service is complimentary.
  2. Read the rest of the article linked above to see how much to tip and who to tip!

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