West Sussex Trading Standards issues Gatwick meet and greet advice

If you’re flying from Gatwick this summer and plan to book meet and greet parking, please take heed of West Sussex Trading Standards’ advice to always use a Gatwick Approved company.

The warning comes following the discovery of more than 1,000 cars parked in a muddy field; cars whose owners thought were in the “secure” car parks promised on the websites of five rogue parking companies.

Travellers are advised to:

  • Always use a company that has Buy With Confidence approval
  • Check that the company displays its address on its website – this is a legal requirement
  • When booking, pay with a credit card for additional protection
  • Take a photo of all four sides of your vehicle to assist you with any disputes about damage to your car when you return from holiday
  • Make a note of your mileage when handing your car over
  • Never leave valuables inside your car.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We take any reports of rogue trading, false advertising and damage to property very seriously and our Trading Standards team, as always, are working hard to make sure those involved are held responsible for their actions.”

Richard Sargeant, Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “When using airport parking consumers are handing over the keys to often the second most expensive item they own, but do little in research before they do so.

“Use a Buy With Confidence approved parking scheme to ensure your peace of mind when off enjoying your holidays this summer.”

The following Gatwick meet and greet parking companies are Gatwick Approved:

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