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Valet parking offered at a Burger King restaurant in Mexico City, an urban area.
Valet parking offered at a Burger King restaurant in Mexico City, an urban area.

Valet parking is a parking service offered by some restaurants, stores , and other businesses. In contrast to "self-parking", where customers find parking on their own, customers' vehicles are parked for them by a person called a valet. This service either requires a fee to be paid by the customer or is offered free of charge by the establishment. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (475x640, 61 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Valet parking ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (475x640, 61 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Valet parking ... Burger King, Seoul, South Korea Burger King is a large international chain of fast food restaurants, predominantly selling burgers, french fries, soft drinks, desserts, and various sandwiches. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México, México D.F. or simply México, pronounced IPA: ) is the capital city of the nation of Mexico. ... Underground parking garage at the University of Minnesota. ... In economics and marketing, a service is the non-material equivalent of a good. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... Wall Street, Manhattan is the location of the New York Stock Exchange and is often used as a symbol for the world of business. ...



A valet is usually an employee of the establishment, or an employee of a third party valet service. When there is a fee it is usually either a flat amount or a fee based on how long the car is parked. It is customary to tip the valet who actually parks the car. Some cars come with an additional key known as a valet key that starts the ignition and opens the drivers side door but prevents the valet from gaining access to valuables that are located in the trunk or the glove box. A tip (also known as gratuity) is a small amount of money received by some service sector professionals from persons they serve, in addition to or instead of a formally required payment. ... A number of different keys A single key A key is a device which is used to open a lock. ...

Valet parking is most often offered (and is most useful) in urban areas, where parking is scarce, though some upscale businesses offer valet parking as an optional service even though self-parking may be readily available. For example, in wealthy suburban areas like California's Silicon Valley, some hospitals (like Stanford University Medical Center) offer valet parking for the convenience of patients and their visitors. On the other hand, where parking is not scarce, such as on the Las Vegas Strip, it is used as a convenience to patrons. An urban area is a term used to define an area where there is an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... It has been suggested that Califas be merged into this article or section. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... Stanford University Medical Center is one of four hospitals affiliated with Stanford University and Stanford University School of Medicine, along with the Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. ... A patient is any person who receives medical attention, care, or treatment [1]. A patient is often ill or injured and is being treated by, or in need of treatment by, a physician or other medical professional. ... The south end of The Strip. ...


An advantage of valet parking is that it is possible to park more cars into the same space, in what is generally known as "stack parking." The reason is that the valet holds all the keys and is able to park the cars two or more deep, because he can move cars out of the way to free a blocked-in car. Another advantage of the valet parkers besides stacking, is that they can park cars closer and straighter than some customers may park. This will save them space in the parking lot or garage, and prevent the inconvenience of going to different floors by cramming everything in.


The whole basis behind valet parking is the luxury of the service provided. Most locations and events that provide valet parking do so to provide a higher level of service. This includes but is not limited to bring the car up front, having the doors opened for the guest, and in some cases extra services which include cleaning and detailing of the vehicle.

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