Valet Crashes Owner’s Dream Cadillac

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We’re not big fans of valet services, especially since they’ve become the targets of car thieves. But there’s another huge risk you take by leaving a high-powered car in their care, the thing your dad probably worried about, that the valets will take it joyriding and crash. A man in Metro Atlanta said that’s exactly what a valet did with his Cadillac CT5-V which he called the “perfect car.”

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Joe Luck told 11 Alive he was out on a date at a restaurant when he handed the keys of his Caddie over to the valet. The guy even watched his car get parked in front of the restaurant, so he figured everything was okay.

When he stepped outside and handed over his ticket, he was told someone “sideswiped” his vehicle. However, the Performance Data Recorder caught everything, something the valet probably didn’t even realize was equipped in the sedan.

The video clearly shows the valet pull out into traffic, drive down the road a bit, then suddenly flip a U-turn midblock only to the T-boned by a Dodge Challenger. This doesn’t look like a legal maneuver to us but we’re wondering what everyone else thinks of the legality of the U-turn.

You can hear the valet cussing and grunting after getting smacked hard by the Mopar. We hope some of the groaning is him realizing how very screwed he is.

Luck says he’ll never use a valet service again, which we think is a wise call. He also says the valet service isn’t being helpful at all with the insurance process, the same thing we’ve heard repeatedly about people who had their cars stolen from valet lots. It’s almost like most valet services dodge responsibility if there’s a problem.

Now Luck fears he’s going to have to claim the accident on his insurance. This is the time to lawyer up because it wasn’t his fault the car was crashed. That Cadillac should’ve stayed parked where it was. Valets need to learn if they’re going to go hot rodding around in customers’ cars, they’ll be on the hook for damages. Even better, valet services need to learn why more and more people don’t trust them at all.

Steven Symes

Steven Symes is an accomplished automotive journalist with a passion for all things related to cars. His extensive knowledge and love for the automotive world shine through in his writing, which covers a diverse range of topics.

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