• Feb 20, 2009
Don't screw it up -- the likely mantra of any conscientious valet. Beyond that imperative, what's a carhop to do when flipped the keys to something truly exotic? A Murcielago is, of course, impressive when parked, but sliding into the driver's seat for the first time can be intimidating. Where are all the controls? How the heck do you even put it into reverse? Exotics are not like other cars, and you'll certainly miss out on a tip if you crack up Michael Bolton's Lamborghini.

The Valet Spot is coming to the rescue of confused parkers everywhere. The site has launched a new resource section that offers instructions on how to wrangle various high-buck exclusive rides. So far there's not a lot of depth there, with instructions for driving the Bentley Continental, Rolls Royce Phantom and Lamborghini Gallardo, but we know the next time we get the chance to drive one of these cars, we'll have a place to turn so the auto transport guys don't laugh at us. Hat tip to Ian.

[Source: TheValetSpot, Photo by Paul Schreiber | CC2.0]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Congratulations, only 25 days left until a bonus... SAD!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everything I needed to know comes from Top Gear. Seriously.

      Other than that, its just a matter of figuring things out, which doesn't take long after you've been a valet for a few days. The BMW SMG shifter took me a while to figure out (as far as how to get it into full auto), but that was about it. The Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati type paddle shifters are actually pretty simple... all you need to know is that both paddles back is neutral, and that there is no park (duh). Just put it in N, pull the parking brake, and that's it. I guess you could put it gear after that, but there's no reason to normally.

      Some manuals used to confuse me a bit, as far as reverse locations on some cars. But once you know that some of the Euros use the pop-down approach, and that Saabs have to be left in reverse when you turn off the car, that's about it.

      After that valet becomes extremely mundane, and oftentimes disgusting. People leave their cars in such terrible condition. If I were them I'd be embarrased to even let anyone valet my car and see what a messy person I am.

      And no, not all valets are animals. Although many are, I'll admit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I had to drive an older (e39?? the mid 2000 body style..) M3 with the automatic manual thing whatever. Not the dual clutch old school style. I got in, was confused, then was not stoked parallel parking it with that crappy jerky automatic clutch wanting to do its own thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very true. I hate it as well, its a terrible transmission, from a purely practical and non-track perspective. I'm sure it'd be great on a track but for a car that, let's admit, gets driven on the public road more often, a manual makes FAR more sense.

        But hey, it works for the crowd who need an automatic and just prefer to say "oh yea, I can drive stick... but I just prefer this! plus its like awesomer numbers, man." Yes... of course sir.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know I feel better leaving my $100k+ cars with someone who doesn't know the difference between "brake" and "break".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I used to have a Citroen DS21. Unfortunately, half the ignition switch had given out (and they were quite expensive), so I jerry - rigged a momentary switch in, mounted inobtrusively under the dash. On a date once, I told the valet that I preferred to park it, and he informed me, so incredibly smug and patronizing, that he was a professional, and could certainly handle my piece of iron. So, I got out, flipped him my keys, and said "knock yourself out". We then had a LONG, long, leisurely dinner..... Funny enough, the car was still in the same place when we came back out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Being a valet sounds boring, much better to be in transport.
        • 5 Years Ago
        done valet work. unless you are at a busy location most boring job ever. You stand around with people who are not your friends generally and are pains in the ass. Tip sharing sucks as well because then lazy people make you make less money. Such an annoying job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I used to work as a doorman in charge of valets at the Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, and we got to drive some outstanding cars, but my favorite was Danny Sullivan's loaner 959. He didn't seem to care what we did with it as long as it was there when he got back from dinner. Heaven!
      The things we used to do to those cars...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, looks hella hard to shift a Gallardo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Flashpoint

        It was definitely a Ferrari. Maybe a movie-magic chevy-with-a-ferrari body, but it was NOT a Porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        by far the most common problem is people who leave with the damn remote keys in their pocket/purse
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does anyone remember Ferris Bueler's Day Off when the Valet's took the Prsche airborne?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure it was a Ferrari in Ferris Bueler, but nice try!

      I've worked valet before. You definitely get intimidated by some cars. It all depends on what's sitting in the driver's footwell. As long as anything had an automatic or SMG or whatever you wanna call a semi-automatic, I was fine. I can drive a manual, pretty well actually, but every car is different. Customers usually aren't too happy when they hear gears grinding or see their car stall out as you pull away.

      One guy I worked with backed a large SUV into an older couples Lexus. Listening to my supervisor tell the old guy there "was an accident" and his reply to that being "Am I about to get irate?" was priceless. I think the worst thing that ever happened to me while I worked there was burning the HELL out of my leg on a Viper's exhaust pipe. Still have that scar.

        • 5 Years Ago
        From your username, I think you're from Dallas. Which valet company did you work for? I used to work for Gold Crown in Dallas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're not alone, man. All valets must burn their leg at least once on their first Viper... it's a rite of passage! =)
        • 5 Years Ago
        and they arn't valets very long
        • 5 Years Ago
        that was meant for someone else
        • 5 Years Ago
        well technically it was an MG....

        "A fiberglass-bodied replica of a 1961 250 GT Spider California, based on an MG, was featured in the 1986 hit film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. "

        the real thing is much more beautiful. hah
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a friend that worked for a high end car washing company.

      His favorite part of the job was driving vehicles he could only dream of owning.
      (I am jealous of the bastard) ;-)

      I would be willing to valet for a living, if it meant I got to drive these superb machines!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Done A LOT of that too. I'd have to say my favorite part is the time going by super fast and making good money. You only drive the cars 10 feet! I will do burn outs on occasion pulling cars out of the tunnel! Not always on purpose too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, i actually had a valet knock the mirror off a Lambo with my rental chevy suburban. He was so concerned about the truck fitting through the garage door that he didn't see the bright shiny red car. It was sooo hilarious seeing his face once he realized what happened! he ran around and tried to pick up the mirror and put it back on the car only to watch it fall to the ground again. Priceless. . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      most valets LOVE to gun the car, exotic or not, the minute they shut the door.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been a valet now for two summers in a row and can attest to this. There are a few guys out there that will genuinely take care of your cars but most of them will do crazy stuff. If you are dropping your car off at valet:

        Rule #1: Only give your car to the valet if you can see the car at all times (or know the guy well enough to know he isn't going to see how fast he can go down the short straight in the garage).

        The place I work has an underground garage and because of that not one person has any idea what goes on down there. Not even close.

        As for this site, other than knowing about Aston's stupid parking brakes, how to de-immobilize Ferraris and old Bentley's shift knob, there's not much to it... so long as you know how to a drive stick which far too many valets I have trained don't...
        • 5 Years Ago
        if people are around and you are gunning the engine, your not going to be a valet long

        they need something on that website about manual trans saabs, C4 vette parking brakes and the dreaded secret killswitch
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