Top tips for finding the best parking spots

Finding cheap, secure parking for your car in a busy city center, municipal lot or even the airport can be quite a task. With the introduction of a number of parking services, you are sure to find one that suits your needs and your pocket. We all want to save money on your car, reduce our carbon footprint, and find new, easier ways of doing things. Just remember, it is better to work smarter, not harder.

In this article we will look at 4 parking service options you can make use of today.

1)Valet services 

Valet services have been used at places like restaurants, hotels and stores for many years. A valet will collect your vehicle from you, issue you with a ticket, and park the car for you. This takes the stress out of finding a parking space in a busy lot yourself, saving you time and possibly money as well. Valet’s will ensure that your car is parked in a safe lot, reducing the risk of damage or possible loss due to theft. This service is usually free, but it is customary to tip your valet.

2) Meet and Greet services

Meet and greet services are mainly used at airports. A chauffeur will meet you at the departures terminal and take your car to a designated parking spot. Upon your return from your travels, they will bring the vehicle back to you at the arrivals terminal. This service is particularly useful if you have lots of luggage or are in a hurry to make your flight on time. Most meet and greet services are operational for 24 hours a day, Monday through Sunday. You can find out if the airport you are parking at has a meet and greet service by visiting their website or reading online reviews to see what customers have to say about the service at a particular airport.

3) Park and Ride facilities

Park and ride facilities are municipal lots where you can park your car and use alternative transport such as a bus or train, for the rest of the journey. When you return, you simply get in your vehicle and leave. This is a useful facility for people who commute into the city for work, as they can use cheaper methods of public transport, saving them on gas and mileage in their own vehicles. It is also a good way to reduce wear and tear on your own private vehicle.

4) Park and pool facilities

Park and pool services are very much like park and ride facilities in that they too are lots where you can park your car and use an alternative method of transport to get to your destination. The main difference is that these are monitored by an attendant who would assist you in finding the alternative transport, such as a bus, train, tram or taxi. Park and pool services might charge a small fee for parking your car, but will save you money on gas bills and excessive wear and tear on your vehicle from driving the many miles to work.