Four Tips for Parking Your Car in a Long-Term Airport Lot

Parking your car during a long vacation or business trip is often stressful. It’s expensive, there’s the risk of theft, and parking vendors aren’t always reputable. On the other hand, it is very convenient to come out of the airport and have your car right there for you when your flight lands. If you’re planning on leaving your car in a long-term parking lot at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, here’s a few tips to make sure everything’s good upon your return.

Remove All Valuables

This seems like common sense, but if you’re late and in a hurry, you might inadvertently leave some valuables in plain view when you park your car. An easy fix is to arrive at the airport in plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed. At the very least, take anything that seems remotely valuable and lock it in the trunk or glovebox. By doing this, you cut your risk of being the victim of a “crime of opportunity”. In addition, criminals will have to break the glass or pop the lock to enter the vehicle, which raises the alarm on your car or alerts security guards.

Give Yourself Ample Time

As mentioned, giving yourself ample time is a great way to make sure you have time to lock your car, turn on the security system, and put your valuables out of sight. In addition, most long-term parking lots, such as at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, are off-site and some distance from the terminal. Make sure you take into account the trip from the lot to the terminal, as this is obviously more time-consuming than a normal drop-off.

Check Your Car Beforehand

Another precautionary, yet important measure to take before parking in a long-term lot is checking the mechanical components of your car. You don’t need a full tune-up; just get an oil change and have the mechanic test the fluid levels and the battery. There’s nothing worse than getting back from a lengthy trip only to find that your car won’t start. Plan ahead and get your car to the shop before your departure.

Check For Amenities & Special Deals

At the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, there are many vendors that offer long-term parking. However, you’ll want to check to see if there are regular security patrols, whether or not the parking is covered, and how long it takes to get to the terminal. Once you’ve decided on a provider, check online or call and ask if there are any specials for long-term parking. For example, SeaTac Airport Parking in Seattle offers a rate of $11.95 per day but gives discounts for longer periods of time. A week is only $74.95, and a month is $169.95.

The last thing you want to do before taking a long trip is to worry about something like parking. But it’s an important thing to consider before you leave, and you want to be sure you have all your concerns addressed and arrangements made when you arrive. After that, all you’ll need to do is enjoy the flight and experience.


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