Valet Darling - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Valet Darling

January 26, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

You'd figure that the valet guys at a schmancy Beverly Hills hotel like the Peninsula would have seen their share of expensive cars. But last night when I drove up in our red 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, their eyes were as wide as saucers.

I still wasn't sure I was in the possession of something special til my passenger pointed out to me as we were walking away from the car that two of the valet guys were going around it with flashlights, apparently checking for preexisting dings and dents. I've never seen that before! "I wonder if they do that to all the expensive cars," my friend asked. "I'm sure they do that to every car here," I replied. But sure enough, the Fiat 500 and Prius that pulled in after us didn't get any such treatment.

Later when I returned to retrieve the car, I noticed that they took their time bringing it up. A customer who turned in her ticket behind me got her car before I did. "That's it, they pulled a Ferris Bueller," I joked with my friend. Eventually I could hear the rumble of the Benz's engine coming up the ramp. Pfew. When I finally slid in behind its wheel, the valet on my side gushed, "You have a beautiful car," while the one on the passenger side said, "It's a beautiful machine." And then he added ominously, "Be careful."

As we drove off, I looked back at them in the rearview mirror. Yup, they were still looking at it. It's always cool to find out what can affect even the most jaded.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 15,147 miles

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