There has been a steady increase in the cost of parking across Australia for some time and it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Planning a day out to the beach, shopping or eating can end up being an expensive outing if you don’t plan where you are going to park first. Gone are the days of Free Parking, although if your smart and do a little planning you can work out how you can save on parking in Australia and ensure you never overpay or pay at all for parking again. We will discuss a few things you should be looking at to get you the best deal on parking.
FREE HOURS Parking
When you plan your trip out in your van hire on the Gold Coast it is always best to check if there is free parking available. Most shopping centres now have up to 4 hours of free parking, so if you plan your trip correctly and plan a little shopping as well you could have some time up your sleeves for adventures. Also knowing when street parking time frames begin and end is important to maximise the time you can spent in a space. A little bit of time spent researching and getting know the area could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Parking further from destination
This applies to people who have business or pleasure in busy city centres. Parking in the centre of any city is going to be expensive but the further away from the hustle and bustle parking will get cheaper. You will eventually get to a point where parking is free. Now this may not be great if you are dressed in your Sunday best and need to walk 4km to your party, but if the extra walking distance isn’t a drag, then this is the easiest way to save on parking.
Book online and in advance
If your only conceivable option is to park in a paid secured parking station, then looking to book online and in advance ill save you a tonne of money. One of the great money wasters on any long-term trip is paying for parking, if you can’t get a friend or family member to drop you to the airport then you next best option id to book online and well in advance.
Car Parking Apps
If you don’t know the area very well that you are travelling in, then downloading a car parking APP on your smart phone can take the guess work out of it. They will be able to tell you the cheap streets to park in also where the best discount parking stations are. There are many car parking Apps to choose from.
Here’s a cheeky little tip for free parking. If you have hired your van on The Gold Coast and you are moving home or making a delivery, a van can use any loading zone to park in for short periods. So, if you are stuck for somewhere to park and you know that you are only going to be a short time. LOADING ZONE!!