8 Quick tips to find a safe Gatwick valet parking company

It’s easy to spot a safe and reliable Gatwick meet and greet parking company, when you know what you’re looking for.

Here are eight things to search for before booking:

  1. The Safer Parking ParkMark logo

    ParkMark safer parking award

    ParkMark safer parking award logo

  2. Trading Standards Buy With Confidence logo

    Trading Standards Buy With Confidence logo

    Trading Standards Buy With Confidence logo

  3. Gatwick Approved Operator logo

    Gatwick Approved Operator logo

    Gatwick Approved Operator logo

  4. Landline contact number
    If the company doesn’t have a landline number, how do you know they’ve got an office, or a car park?
  5. Postal address
    An address should identify where their car park is, or at least where their registered office is
  6. Secure page when paying
    Don’t enter your payment details if the page is not secure. And never consider paying cash on the day – if they haven’t got your money, how can you be certain they’re going to turn up?
    SecurePadlock
  7. Company registration number
    This should be displayed on the company’s website, usually on the contacts page
  8. VAT number
    Any reliable meet and greet parking company should be parking enough cars to be registered for VAT.

Always Use a Gatwick Approved Operator

It goes without saying that if you’re using Gatwick meet and greet parking you want a safe, secure car park for your car. You also want to ensure that the drivers that are driving your car will be insured to do so.

In order to guarantee that the company is reputable, always use a Gatwick Approved Operator.

There are only 12 companies providing an approved service:

  • ABC Gatwick
  • Airparks
  • Airport Parking & Hotels (APH)
  • Cophall Parking
  • ECO Parking
  • Help Me Park
  • I Love Meet & Greet
  • Just Valet Parking
  • Maple Manor
  • Meteor Meet & Greet
  • Ace Meet & Greet
  • Tudor Rose

If you need more convincing that you MUST book an Approved Operator, check out these horror stories that have appeared recently:

Gawick Sky Parking investigations: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-35373437

What did your car do while you were on holiday? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215518/Cowboy-airport-parking-companies-Heathrow-Gatwick-Manchester-exposed.html

Brand new BMW sustains £4,000 work of damage: http://www.sevenoakschronicle.co.uk/Woman-s-fury-car-receives-4k-worth-damage-left/story-28520216-detail/story.html#

Car racks up £300 parking bill after being abandoned in the short-stay car park: http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/Family-criticise-cowboy-airport-parking-firm-left/story-28468438-detail/story.html

Travellers warned about meet and greet parking: http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2020380&c=setreg&region=2

 

Avoid the Christmas rail chaos and book Gatwick meet and greet parking

Gatwick Approved Operator logo

Gatwick Approved Operator logo

With chaos expected on the rail network this Christmas and 90-minute journey times from London to Gatwick, air passengers are being advised to check timetables in advance and allow plenty of time for their journeys.

If you don’t like the idea of spending 90 minutes on trains and buses just to get to Gatwick, then why not consider driving and parking at the airport?

For the most convenient type of parking, use Gatwick meet and greet, but to ensure you really do get a convenient service, make sure you use a Gatwick Approved Operator.

There are many companies offering meet and greet parking at Gatwick but only eight that Gatwick Airport has deemed worthy enough of their Approved Operator status. These are:

By booking a Gatwick Approved Operator, you can be sure that your car is parked in a ParkMark awarded car park and the company has been vetted and approved by Trading Standards.

Rail strikes before Christmas?

As if things couldn’t get any worse on the Gatwick rail network this Christmas, Southern Rail, Gatwick Express & Govia Thameslink Railway staff are now being balloted on strike action.

If the balloted staff agrees, we could see strikes hit train services in the run-up to Christmas – the ballot closes on 15 December, with the RMT union needed to give seven days’ notice of strike action.

For anyone wishing to avoid the possible rail network problems this Christmas and New Year, why not consider driving to the airport and using Gatwick meet and greet parking, probably the most convenient type of airport parking available!