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Jay Leno: Never use valet parking

"Keep it up front."

These are words Jay Leno likely won't be saying any time soon to a valet.

The host of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage" says, "Never give your car to the valet. You got to be out of mind to do that."

He insists on parking his own car, but even the TV star can, occasionally, get stymied.

Leno explains that one day, he and his wife went to an event where a sign outside read: VALET PARKING ONLY.

His wife urged him to give in and let the valet park his 1992 GMC Syclone truck. Begrudgingly, he did.

Valet Parking Sign
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At the end of the night, everything seemed to be fine. The truck appeared unmolested. A month went by.

Then Leno went driving with his wife in that same truck on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. When they were stopped at a light, a car pulled up next to them. The driver looked over to Leno and said, "Hey, want to run it again?"

Leno asked, "What are you talking about?"

"Remember, a month ago?" the man replied. "I raced you here."

Leno, still confused, inquired, "On Sunset? You raced me?"

The man explained, "Yeah. I raced you in this truck. Remember?"

Feeling vindicated, Leno turned to his wife and gave her the I-Told-You-So speech.

"So," Leno tells viewers, "now my wife understands."

Chevrolet’s Valet Mode acts sort of like a “black box” to record video and driving data.
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Chevrolet’s Valet Mode acts sort of like a “black box” to record video and driving data.

Leno, however, is impressed with some new technology coming from Corvette that might ease some of his concerns. The Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder is essentially a "black box" for your car that operates when the owner engages "valet mode."

Upon turning over the keys, the owner can type in a special code, and the car will record everything that happens with video and data.

"It's fantastic," Leno says. "It's the greatest option ever."

CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.