Last Wednesday’s BBC Watchdog programme exposed another rogue Gatwick Airport ‘parking operator’ and highlighted the issue of parking cowboys offering secure airport parking facilities, when in fact they don’.
Gold Parking, based in Crawley, were secretly filmed by Watchdog parking their unwitting customer’s cars in residential areas and on busy main roads, when they were promising to park them in a secure compound minutes from Gatwick Airport.
According to Watchdog, Gold Parking not only claim to offer professional Meet and Greet airport parking services at Gatwick, but also boast about offering the most secure Meet and Greet parking at Gatwick.
Unfortunately Watchdog uncovered a string of horror stories, including a car which mysteriously clocked up an extra 1,500 miles and had a ripped tyre when it was returned to its owner – who later also received two parking tickets, and an unfortunate Mercedes owner who returned from holiday to discover his brand new car had been stolen from Gold Parking’s ‘secure compound’.
Watchdog also made three Meet and Greet bookings of their own, only to discover that none of the cars were ever parked in secure car parks.
Secure airport parking at Gatwick
Gatwick Airport has a number of secure Meet and Greet parking facilities and there are some things you can look out for to avoid becoming the victim of unscrupulous operators like Gold Parking.
Park Mark Award
By choosing a Park Mark® Safer Parking facility you are using a car park that has been vetted by the Police and has measures in place to create a safer environment for both you and your vehicle.
A Gatwick Approved car parking provider is licensed by Gatwick Airport Limited to operate in designated/approved areas at the airport.
Trading Standards approved
If a Gatwick car park has attained Trading Standards approval it has been found to have a sufficient standard of customer car and quality of service by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service.
Buy with Confidence is a Trading Standards accreditation award give to companies that show a high level of customer service, are reputable and reliable and operate in a legal and honest way.
Bristish Parking Association Member (BPA)
A car park that is a member of the BPA belongs to a nationally recognised scheme that sets out industry standards for quality control.
Secure Airport Parking from SkyParkSecure
All of our Gatwick parking facilities offer secure airport parking and our car parks have either been awarded Park Mark status or have been approved by Gatwick Airport Limited, West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service, or the British Parking Association.
We don’t do cowboy parking, we are SkyParkSecure – the home of secure airport parking.