Valet Mode strikes again!
A Corvette owner got a surprise after checking the Performance Data Recorder video after taking his car in for service at a California dealership. Prior to dropping the car off, he engaged the Valet Mode on the Performance Data Recorder which then activates and records video every time the car is turned on.
So what did the PDR in valet mode catch during a trip to his Chevy dealer?
It seems a dealership technician took the car out on public roads, ostensibly to “test” whatever repair was done. But since when does a dealer service department’s “test-drive” includes blasting down busy city streets at over 80 mph or blowing through yellow lights at unsafe speeds?
Needless to say, the owner wasn’t happy to see how his Corvette was being treated in his absence and posted the video on Corvette Forum with a warning to others, not only about how one of this dealership’s technicians treated a customer’s car, but also how management reacted when confronted with the proof from the PDR.
Here is what the original poster of the video said on the Forum:
If you’re located in central/southern California, avoid this dealership AT ALL COST! This occurred at Three-Way Chevrolet in Bakersfield, CA. The technician is caught breaking three laws (speeding, reckless driving, and exhibition of speed) in a customer’s vehicle and the dealership offered nothing more than a rude apology to make it right. GM Customer Care also would not help. They basically wasn’t their problem, take it up with the dealership. This dealership definitely does not take care of their customers, especially Corvette customers.
Valet mode was first introduced on the 2015 Corvette which requires the performance data recorder. Chevy was forced to make some changes to the system due to various wiretap laws which is why there is no audio to go along with video.
The system made headlines shortly after it was released when it captured a parking valet driving recklessly in a parking garage.
[VIDEO] Corvette Stingray’s PDR Catches a Valet Driving Recklessly in a Parking Garage
[VIDEO] Sheriff’s Undercover Corvette Stingray with PDR Helps Bust Street Racers in Texas
Chevy Tells 2015 Corvette Owners Not to Use the PDR’s Valet Mode Over Legal Concerns