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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Valet Tales

February 26, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

The valets at the Arizona Biltmore really, really liked our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged. During our stay there, the Jaguar routinely got a front-row parking space, so we never had to wait more than a minute or two for it. I don't think it was just luxury-brand snob appeal, either. The car is beautiful in its own right and fits in with the Biltmore's theme of low-key elegance.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

We had loaded up the Jaguar for our return trip on a Sunday morning and were 40 minutes out of town when we realized we were in a valet's worst nightmare: There, in a center compartment of the console was not only our key fob, but someone else's keys, too. A Lexus owner was about to be very, very unhappy.

We called the Biltmore's valet station and told the manager that we were on our way back, declining his offer to dispatch someone to meet us somewhere. Too complicated. I described the key and its silver Tiffany heart-shaped charm. He knew exactly who the owner was: a regular. With any luck, she was still brunching.

The back-track added more than an hour to our trip, but we weren't on a tight schedule. And sometimes it's good to make a deposit in the universal favor bank.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 18,727 miles


Comments

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    White people problems: when you can't hop into your luxury car immediately after your expensive brunch because the people who park & fetch your car for you had the audacity to leave the keys in another vehicle. She'll live.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    No it wouldn't have been the end of the world, but that was a kind thing to do regardless. Good deal Carroll!

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    So many reasons why it's just better if nobody but you drives your car...

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I've never understood why having to get out and surrender your car to a stranger and put yourself at the mercy of their care and timing is considered a luxury. With self-parking Carrol would not have had to back-track and the Lexus owner would never have lost her keys.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    You guys have not had much luck with valets. Didn't one lose the keys for one of your cars?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    You guys have not had much luck with valets. Didn't one lose the keys for one of your cars?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "I've never understood why having to get out and surrender your car to a stranger and put yourself at the mercy of their care and timing is considered a luxury." There speaks somebody who has never taken an aged mother-in-law to a casino. :)

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "I've never understood why having to get out and surrender your car to a stranger and put yourself at the mercy of their care and timing is considered a luxury." There speaks somebody who has never taken an aged mother-in-law to a casino. :)

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    Ouch. 8 "thumbs down"? I guess Louis C.K. references don't have much pull around here. I still say that if you own a Lexus and brunch at the Biltmore that the universe has been very kind to you, even if the valet loses your car keys.

  • eric_l eric_l Posts:

    It is also good when the company pays for your gas - I can't imagine an 80 minute detour in a car that can barely break 20mpg is easy on the wallet. Posts like this make me wonder what the point being made is - its a nice looking luxury car, so it gets a primo valet parking spot? I guess that's what people who read these blogs want to find out. More car impressions, and less generic reporting that would apply equally to any other luxury car, please.

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