Valet Parking Services in South Africa:
Valet parking is huge in the USA, England and Europe. It is offered at airports, casinos, harbours, hotels and even some shopping malls! However, in South Africa, it is not common and in the following article, we will have a look at why it isn’t popular but should be!
In South Africa, the valet parking concept as a whole is quite unknown. It is basically only found at our international airports, such as Cape Town International, OR Tambo and King Shaka International. Some more ‘high-end’ hotels also offer it but other than those it is not seen in South Africa.
The fact that it is not very popular in South Africa makes South Africans very nervous about using the service. One of the main reasons we are nervous is the ‘unknown’ factor, “how can you just give your car to a stranger to park for you?” Is how South Africans tend to think.
Another reason South Africans are cautious about using valet parking services is because of the high crime rate in the country. Theft and hijacking are common in South Africa which makes South Africans very cautious about trusting anyone with their valuables. However, using valet parking services lowers the risks of your vehicle being stolen as it will be parked in a 24/7 monitored and secured facility.
Basically, valet parking is when you make a booking with the valet parking company of your choice and then on your chosen day, at the agreed-upon time you drive your vehicle to the point where your vehicle will be collected by the valet. This means that your vehicle will be given straight to the valet by you, and much like Uber, you will be able to verify the driver before handing over your vehicle. Ensuring you are handing over your vehicle to the right person.
Once collected by the valet your vehicle will be driven straight to the valet parking company’s secured facility. The facility is usually monitored by security guards and cameras 24/7. The security at the valet company’s facility is far superior to the security of a normal parking facility.
In your booking, you will specify when you will return from your travels and what time you would like your vehicle returned to you. Upon your arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for you at the same place where you originally dropped off your vehicle. The keys to your vehicle will pass directly from the valet to you, no third party in between.
So why should you use valet parking in South Africa?
Firstly valet parking companies offer a few different packages that you can choose from, you will be able to find one that suits your needs and your budget. For example, you can choose between a locked up garage, shaded parking or uncovered parking. There are also different rates for pensioners, long-term parking contracts and loyalty rewards or discounts for referrals.
Second, valet parking is more convenient than trying to find a parking spot yourself, especially if you have a few big bags with you. OR Tambo’s parking, for example, has 4 levels of parking to choose from and some spots can take up to 30 minutes to get to the department terminals.
Thirdly valet parking is cheaper than leaving your car at the airport or hotel. That is because the longer your vehicle is parked at the facility the cheaper your day rate becomes. The rates at the airport or hotel parking do not change. It is also safer to meet your valet in a well lit, busy area than to look for your car which can sometimes be in a dark, quiet part of the parking lot.
Lastly, your vehicle is safer at a secure facility than a general public parking space that has no access control. Valet parking facilities entry is strictly monitored and controlled. No strangers can enter the premises or reach your vehicle, whereas in the general parking lot there is no-one monitoring who is in the parking lot or what they are doing.
At Bridgewater Parking we offer secure parking facilities for your vehicles and our facility is just 7km away from OR Tambo international airport. Our aim is to take care of you and your vehicle, ensuring your journey is a pleasure right from the start. Find out more on our website: