If you are like me, you probably have a subconscious fear of leaving your car behind in the hands of strangers. Although most NYC parking garages have pretty reliable reputations, it is not enough to fully rely on them for the safety of your car. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure your NYC garage safety:
Take your valuables – Always try to take with you or conceal all your personal and valuable items when you park, such as house keys, loose change, EZ Pass, phone charger, and documents. Garages do typically have a strict no-tolerance policy when it comes to employee theft, but nearly every garage’s claim check clearly states that “garages are not responsible for items left in cars”. The best way to ensure NYC garage safety when you are parking your car is to double check and make sure that your valuables are not in sight from the outside of your car.
Inspect your car – Walk around your car with the valet to confirm any existing damage that you may have. This documentation gives you recourse if you find any damage when you retrieve your car.
Know your numbers – Make sure you write down the exact address and phone number of the garage on your claim check. Then put the claim check where you won’t forget it.
Bumper guards – Some NYC parking garages provide these guards for a small fee, or you can purchase your own.