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franki68

trustworthy valet parking at heathrow ?

hearing lots of horror stories about folks going on holiday and finding their vehicle with an extra 1000 mile son when they come back.

Anyone know/used any decent valet parking companies there ?
Big Blue

Don't bother. Heathrow will give you long term parking in the short term car parks (walk to terminal) for a reasonable price. Most valet car parks take your car and park it where you never would.

Gatwick on the other hand you're better off calling Rolls Royce at Goodwood and paying for the UK CEO to come and collect you in the latest model such is the pricing.
JohnC

I would never leave my keys with anyone I didn't know. I'd rather pay for the Taxi or stay over the night before and leave it at a nice hotel and take the taxi from there.

I used to have an office in Paisley about a mile from Glasgow airport and there was an airport parking company about half a mile along the road from us.

Almost every day without fail something (or several somethings) fast would blast past the office, turn around and blast back - I always assumed that was the "start your car regularly service" just to ensure the battery didn't go flat.

We used to joke that they must have a Top Gear wallchart of the cars with the fastest times between two points (with a cold engine of course)
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Sadly cannot help.I used to use an off-airport company in Harlington just north of the airport but some years ago when they tried to expand, they were effectively put out of business as the local politics were aimed at "all Heathrow parking should be on the airport site".  I wouldn't risk leaving my car with a valet parking company and take a taxi or occasionally the train and airport coach from Woking if I can't get a lift, not that I fly very often.
cbeaks1

I have used Maple Manor twice with no issues
gooner

I'd second using the official Heathrow car park. They tend to offer discount if you book early and are so much nearer the terminal. Something you'll appreciate when you arrive back!
PR

I used Purple Parking at Heathrow last year on the basis that the directors in my department regularly left their F-Types and Range Rover Sports with them, apparently without issue. When I returned, my car was duly undamaged and had done the sort of mileage you'd expect for where they said they'd taken it (somewhere in Brent) but literally everything that could be adjusted had been - seat, steering wheel, mirrors, climate, radio. Reviews suggest this is routine. Partly for that reason, and just because the experience did nothing to dispel my uneasy feeling about the whole thing - I doubt I'd use them again.
Racing Teatray

I tend to use the short-term carpark booked well in advance to secure a good price, but I used DriveFly the other day for a last minute flying visit to Dubai because, owing to the last minute nature of the trip, the usual short term option was savagely expensive. Cost me I think 45 for two days and everything was fine, albeit that everything Piers says about adjustments applied (although I'm rather glad they do adjust so that they can drive properly). I had no unease though. Chose them as I had used them before a year or two back under similar circumstances with no problems.
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
Don't bother. Heathrow will give you long term parking in the short term car parks (walk to terminal) for a reasonable price. Most valet car parks take your car and park it where you never would.

Gatwick on the other hand you're better off calling Rolls Royce at Goodwood and paying for the UK CEO to come and collect you in the latest model such is the pricing.


You know any good exec taxi firms BB? Thinking of getting one rather than park at Gatwick this year.
PG

I've used the booking short term early to get a good rate option and also Heathrow's own valet service. In the latter, the car was unblemished and no undue use noted when I got it back.
Martin

Another vote for the short term parking, it's decent value, easy and quick.
Chip Butty

Used Purple Parking last month at Heathrow - it was sprang on me by the missus as I would never leave my keys with anyone and she knows it. However, we were in her shitty Mondeo so I was marginally less fussed.

To be fair, it worked well, the car had covered 1 mile in their care and the pick up process from the airport was timed to perfection.

As a counterpoint though - a colleague went to the US on business and used the valet parking. On his return (already 2 hours later due to flight issues) they announced they had lost his key. After some argument, they got a taxi to take him home and bring his spare key back to them so they could get one of their drivers to take his XF back to his house. He got home at 1am, his car turned up at 4.30 am.

To date, their best offer was to buy a new spare key - which obviously takes the piss and a new lock and key set is the only sensible option. However, the valet company won't respond at all and the matter has had to be handed over to company fleet and their legal team.

Fuck valet parking !

If you are flying BA - then the T5 short stay car park is brilliant, lovely wide spaces. From memory it's double the long stay cost, but well worth it.
franki68

It's terminal 3, had a look and it looks OK to park at the short stay there for the ten days.
Martin

It's a slightly longer walk from T3 short stay than the other terminals as its across the road, but well worth it.  Follow the signs for meet & great, there are always spaces close to the pedestrian exit
Racing Teatray

franki68 wrote:
It's terminal 3, had a look and it looks OK to park at the short stay there for the ten days.


T3 was what I used the other day (Emirates). It's a bit of a hike on the way out as noted - the signs direct you through the arrivals hall in a wide loop before you get to departures. Flip side is it's very close to arrivals.
Nice Guy Eddie

This thread has reminded me that I should book my short term parking at Gatwick for next march as I should secure a decent price its so far ahead. The cost for 1 days parking 69.00. No way I'm leaving the car with some illegal or catching the bus so I guess I'm screwed and have to stomach the price unless somebody can come up with something?
JohnC

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
The cost for 1 days parking 69.00.


That really is taking the p*ss!
gooner

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
This thread has reminded me that I should book my short term parking at Gatwick for next march as I should secure a decent price its so far ahead. The cost for 1 days parking 69.00. No way I'm leaving the car with some illegal or catching the bus so I guess I'm screwed and have to stomach the price unless somebody can come up with something?


Gatwick long term is acceptable, just a pain getting the bus to the terminal. But it's now 18/day. When BAA ran it the cost was 9/day but since the competition commission forced them to sell Gatwick the new owners keep putting the parking prices up! There's a direct train from Reading that goes through Guildford, you'd be better off getting that.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Train from Farnham station to Clapham Junction via Woking;
Gatwick Express from Clapham Junction to the Terminal at Gatwick
Martin

It would have to be a lot more than that per day to make me want to take a couple of trains, especially on a day trip somewhere which are usually pretty tiring as it is.  It's 48 to park for the day in Luton.
gooner

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Train from Farnham station to Clapham Junction via Woking;
Gatwick Express from Clapham Junction to the Terminal at Gatwick


Gatwick express is Victoria to Gatwick non stop Chris.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

I've seen it stopped at CJ many times. Looking at The Train Line and other websites it appears to be a not-widely-publicised stop
gooner

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
I've seen it stopped at CJ many times. Looking at The Train Line and other websites it appears to be a not-widely-publicised stop


I use it regularly, and have done for 8 years. It isn't publicised as stopping at Clapham Junction because it doesn't!

If you see it stopped it's because the station is so congested it has to wait its turn to carry on along the line, but the doors won't have been opening, or it will have been an unscheduled stop due to delays and cancellation on other trains.
Alf McQueef

I'm another one that pays in advance for short stay - though Gatwick prices make this impossible as BB says!
PR

What about hiring a car one-way for each journey?
Roadsterstu

Racing Teatray wrote:
franki68 wrote:
It's terminal 3, had a look and it looks OK to park at the short stay there for the ten days.


T3 was what I used the other day (Emirates). It's a bit of a hike on the way out as noted - the signs direct you through the arrivals hall in a wide loop before you get to departures. Flip side is it's very close to arrivals.


I walked for nearly half an hour at Brussels to get from one gate to the next. Only to get on the shuttle bus back to the bloody gate next to the one we had left for the connecting flight!

As for valet parking, never, unless it was unavoidable. But it would never be unavoidable.

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