Down to Earth with a bump with scam airport parking. It’s holiday season! But the last thing you want to do is ‘wing it’ when it comes to airport parking.
There’s a growing spate nationally of people being conned when it comes to dodgy firms securing their cars while they head off for two weeks in the sun.
Reports from trading standards colleagues in other parts of the country say innocent victims had paid for a ‘meet and greet’ service with the promise of parking at a ‘secure’ facility. But holiday makers have returned armed with duty free to find their cars covered in mud after they had been parked in fields, on residential streets or even incurred parking tickets after the cars had been abandoned in pub car parks.
Thankfully, while there have been no recorded cases to trading standards in Dudley, it’s something people should be aware off when travelling from airports up and down the country.
Parking at airports can look expensive and there may be the temptation to look for a bargain to ensure a bit of extra spending money. But leaving your car in the hands of unscrupulous firms could leave you more out of pocket and ruin your holiday on top!
Here are a few tips that could keep you on cloud 9 long after the plane lands.
- Visit the official airport website – all of the websites for the major UK airports have links to approved car parking sites.
- Check that the car parking company you use is a member of one of the car parking trade associations – the International Parking Community and the British Parking Association. If something does go wrong they may be able to help.
- Pre-book your car parking well in advance. When you pre-book online, you'll be able to choose the best airport parking position for you by comparing all parking options.
- Put valuables away – even if you are using secure car parking you should still make sure you haven't left any temptation in view.
If you think you may have fallen victim to an airport parking scam you can report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
Enjoy your holiday!
Laura Reuben, principal trading standards officer at Dudley Council