How to avoid airport parking scams

Jenai Laignel / 11 December 2015 ( 27 April 2016 )

Using secure airport parking will mean that your car is being well looked-after, even if you are thousands of miles away. However, there are a few things you need to watch out for to ensure your car is kept safe for the duration of your holiday.

1. Choose a reputable company

Always use a recognised parking agent; the security you will get through them will give you peace of mind while you're away.

Airport valet parking, or 'meet-and-greet' services, by non-established companies are often more trouble than they're worth, with many holidaymakers discovering that their cars have clearly not been kept secure while they were on their travels.

We recommend Holiday Extras – the UK's largest and most trusted airport parking booking company. They offer extensive car parking options, and are guaranteed to be the cheapest.

2. Pre-book the best parking option

When you pre-book online, you'll be able to choose the best airport parking position for you by comparing all parking options.

Booking one that is close to your terminal will mean you avoid having to take long walks in the middle of the night; a good way of ensuring your personal safety when you travel.

You can also look at Park & Ride options, meaning you can hop on and off a shuttle bus at each end.

Related article: How to stay safe while abroad

3. Put valuables away

Official airport parking will have good lighting and plenty of security cameras, but you should still make sure you haven't left any temptation in view.

Take all valuables with you, and anything you do have to leave should be locked in the boot, out of sight.

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