Have you ever stood in a long valet line in the freezing cold, waiting as too few attendants try to get through the queue of impatient customers? Or have you ever handed the attendant your claim ticket only to realize that your cash-on-hand was limited to large bills, so that you had to dash back inside to break one? Worse, you might have had no cash on you at all. Or worst of all, have you ever had an attendant unable to locate your keys and your car? Valet parking is meant to make your life a little easier, and it certainly supplies a fair amount of jobs within any given urban area. But when these mishaps occur it can make you wonder if the service is worth it. Luckily, there is at least one app out there looking to ensure that snafus of this nature don’t occur. Flash Valet could just be the ticket to the easiest parking situation you’ve ever experienced.
The app was made by Klever Logic, Inc. with the intention of streamlining the whole valet parking process by making it mostly digital. Here’s how it works. When you arrive at a venue that uses the Flash Valet service you’ll see their logo on the valet stand. You simply hand over your keys and in exchange you’ll receive a card marked with a claim number (specific to your car) and a phone number. When you’re ready to leave, though, you needn’t go outside and wait in line. All you do is text your claim number to the phone number listed as you sit at your table and finish sipping your wine or eating dessert. You’ll get a confirmation text to let you know that your car is in the queue, followed by a second message when your car is at the door, waiting for you to hop in. Sounds pretty good, right? It gets even better.
Thanks to this handy app, you also don’t have to pay with cash. You can now pay with a click of a button on your smartphone. All you have to do when prompted is enter a credit card number on your account or click the link provided for PayPal and you can quickly and easily pay for your valet parking service for the evening, sans cash. The best part is, you don’t even have to download the app to use it. The valet services that have it pay ($149 per month per location) so that you don’t have to. And so far there are several dozen valets trying out the app in Austin, Dallas, and Houston (no surprise considering the developer is based in Texas). It is also available at locations in Boston.
If you plan to take your own car for an evening out rather than hiring a premier limousine company to cart you around, then you may be worried about the hassles of driving and parking. Flash Valet makes it easy to get in and out quickly. And if you don’t see it at venues you visit frequently, consider suggesting it to the management; perhaps you can take advantage of this simple and sophisticated method of valet parking the next time you come around. Continue reading this post ->