4th August 2015
Drivers are being warned to check their insurance before handing over their car keys to a valet parking service.
GoCompare.com, the comparison website says that 43% of policies do not cover damage when the car is being driven by a parking operator, which could leave the owner liable for the cost of repairs.
The warning comes as an increasing number of motorists opt for ‘meet and greet’ valet parking at airports or hand their keys over to car valet cleaning services.
Matt Oliver, car insurance spokesman at Gocompare.com, says:“Valet parking is becoming more common in the UK, many airports, major hotel chains and entertainment venues now offer a ‘meet and greet’ service.
“While valet parking can be a convenient way to park your car, especially at airports, any damage to your car while in the care of the valet service might not be covered by your car insurance. So, before handing over your keys, you need to check your insurance to see if you’re covered.
“You should also read the valet service operator’s terms and conditions. These will outline what insurance cover, if any, they offer, and detail any exclusions, limits and excesses. Typically, operators offer very limited cover for damage to your car, which you will need to spot and report to them when you collect your vehicle. Any possessions left in your car are also typically excluded.”