Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1962 W111 220SE Coupe
Location: Cloud City, OR
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I was thinking the same thing, I only ever pay and tip the valet when they bring the car back around. You tip for the service and it's not completed until they return the car.
Also, and I have no idea, but is it possible to pull all codes before you touch the transmission, that may indicate something if it shows a time the event occurred. If nothing else, and even if the valet didn't do anything intentionally, if the time stamp shows it happened under their guardianship they will likely still be liable. An easy thing to prove since you didn't have access to the car after you relinquished the keys.
Finally, I also never let a valet drive my car if it's being parked out-of-sight, only in a surface lot where I can see it. If it's going "bye bye" I tell them it has a specific starting procedure because of a security system I had put on and if it's done wrong the car will lock itself up and need to be towed to the dealer, therefore I will pay the garage fee but prefer to park it myself. NO valet wants to touch the car after that statement. Sure it's fudging the facts but it saves me this kind of trouble. On my vintage, nobody ever drives it but me regardless which is the better option but not always possible, especially with the valet-Nazi's in SoCal.
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