Parking at Gatwick or indeed any other airport the parking service you choose is a matter of personal taste. Park & Ride or Valet Parking are the choices you have and many factors may influence your ultimate decision. Recent media coverage on rogue operators parking your 'pride and joy' in muddy fields and public highways may deter you from choosing a meet and greet parking company. You may have parked your car with a 'Park & Ride' company and returned to find damage to your vehicle with no recourse to claim against the offender. Whatever your choice here you will find a few pointers to help you make a decision.
- Gatwick Approved Meet & Greet Parking Operators undergo stringent annual checks by Police Officers, Trading Standards and the British Parking Association in order to attain 'Approval' by Gatwick Airport.
- Look for the 'Gatwick Approved Operator' logo as shown at the foot of this page.
- Look for the ParkMark® logo. This indicates the parking company is a member of the Safer Parking Scheme. This scheme ensures each company has management practices in place to protect Customers property with a prompt and effective complaints policy.
- Look for the IAPA logo This shows the company is a fully paid up member of the Independant Airport Parking Association, the UK's largest trade authority on leading airport parking companies.
- Approved Operators such as Tudor Rose take a full set of images of your vehicle at the point of passing your vehicle over. This protects you the Customer of any misunderstanding or damage that may occur during the period of parking. All images are date and time stamped.
- Taking the 'Park & Ride' option and taking your keys with you as with on-airport car parks does not guarantee protection of your vehicle from damage. If you return to your vehicle and find new damage there is no recourse to claim unless of course the perpetrator has left a kindly note on your windscreen!
- Off-airport 'Park and Ride' operators still require your keys in order to maximise the parking logistics so therefore will shuffle your vehicle around. These operators must have the same 'professionalism' that approved meet and greet operators have.
- Consider the time it takes to go 'Park & Ride'. Check-in to the car park, wait for the bus, load up with luggage, travel to the airport. Same on the return so this can add up to an hour or more on your overall journey time. Compare this to meeting your approved operator on the terminal forecourt and passing your vehicle over to your trusted company. Then taking a few minutes to walk to departures!
Tudor Rose was established in 1992 at Gatwick Airport and still remains a family business. To visit their web site click here.
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