For many customers, using a valet service for the first time can feel horribly awkward and leave them feeling out-of-place. These feelings are completely normal! When a person is presented with a situation in which social norms and courtesies are unclear, anxiety is bound to crop up.


This anxiety may be normal, but it sure is uncomfortable. And even if they’re not anxious, a new customer can still be ignorant, which leads to the same awkward, faux pas-laden outcome. But never fear; Unparalleled Parking, a Twin Cities valet company, is here to teach you some of the basic etiquette valet services appreciate from their customers to ensure the smoothest, safest, most efficient service.


So read on—your dignity (and your transportation company) will thank you.

Leave Your Car Running as You Exit

When you pull up to your venue, exit your vehicle promptly and leave it running behind you. Though it may seem counterintuitive if you’re not used to using a valet service, your driver will be happy that they don’t have to waste precious time rummaging around for your keys. It may not seem like a big deal to you, the customer, but during busy events, valet drivers are pressed for time. The longer they have to spend with each vehicle, the slower they can perform their services and the more frazzled they can become. Five to ten seconds extra per car sure adds up over the course of a shift.

To Tip or Not to Tip?

We at Unparalleled Parking never obligate or pressure customers into tipping; to do so would reflect poorly on our company etiquette and can also cause problems with the event planner who hired us. As a user of valet services, however, you should be aware that it is a social standard to tip your valet driver.


We, however, view tipping as an extra gesture of appreciation toward your driver. If they’re doing something right, feel free to show it. Regardless of if you tip or not, we will always provide the same level of quality service to our guests.


Hire a Private Event Valet Company Today

Now that you’re better informed, you might be considering hiring a valet parking service for your next private event. If so, contact Unparalleled Parking of Minneapolis today. We’re dedicated to providing top quality valet services to our customers, no matter the time or place. To find out more about our valet and limo services or to reserve a date, call us at 651-300-1515. You can also send a message to