Choosing a good parking spot requires some careful
Do not park under a tree! It
looks inviting but:
Wind could snap a branch and...
Birds! Need I say more?
Sap! Don’t be one!
Leaves, pollen, yuck.
Do not squeeze in between
two large vehicles! Door DENTS!!!
If the surface is paved,
don’t choose a spot with an obvious low spot if you think it might be raining
when you return; or if it’s raining when you are parking. Puddles are for
Make sure ALL doors are closed completely and
When you checked in, the attendant told you to
your vehicle for the shuttle to come and get you. The driver should
be expected to take your luggage from your vehicle and load it into
Follow general preparations above
If you are
at all concerned that a driver will put “miles” on your car... write
down the odometer reading or punch it into your smart phone or PDA.
Or write the mileage on your claim check. It is highly unlikely that
your vehicle will be removed from the parking facility. But,
recording the mileage will put your mind at ease when you return.
If you find that your radio has
been “reset” upon your return... this probably means that your
battery went dead in your absence and your car had to be jump
started by the valet driver. A dead or weak battery will usually
reset your radio presets.
Take your house keys off of your car key ring. Put them in your
luggage. If your vehicle came with a Valet key, give only that key
to the Valet driver.
It's not a
bad idea to have a spare vehicle key with you in addition to the key
you give to the Valet. The reason is that sometimes, rarely, but it
happens, the parking facility will lose your key. If you have a
spare, you won't have to wait around until they find it.