Whether it’s booking your next car hire, hotel for your next break , or a regular car parking space, reading the fine print is always important. Let’s face it: you like myself, more often than not, don’t. The danger in not reading them, is that you don’t really know what you just agreed to. Here are a couple of standard airport car parking Terms and Conditions that most people should but don’t know: On Damages
This may be one of the most important things that people miss when they book a space in a carpark. Did you know that most, if not all, car parking services have a section in their T&C’s that state that they are not liable for any damages or loss of property in your vehicle and even damages to your vehicle, unless proven that damage or loss was caused by the negligence, malicious intent, and/or willful act of the employees. In case of a hailstorm, flood, a coconut falling on your car (assuming you’re somewhere near the beach and are parked outdoors), basically things out of anyone’s control, they cannot be held liable. If you check nearly all parking companies’ Terms and Conditions, you would find clauses like these:
“Consequential losses – We will also not be liable to you for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential loss or damage suffered by you as a result of a breach by us of our obligations under these Terms and the Contract, whether we could have foreseen such losses or damages at the time”
“Your liability to us – You indemnify us for any cost, expense, loss or damage suffered by us in connection with any death or personal injury of any person or any damages to any real and personal property caused directly or indirectly by you or your agent’s use of the Vehicle”
Non-direct Websites & Links
You know those comparison sites and coupon sites where you (might) get cheaper rates or promo packages? Well, before you decide to book from those sites and pay for the service, take note that the information may be slightly different between the actual car parking company and the online seller. This is because not all websites that link to them are with consent. That means you can get a coupon from one website that says ABC Parking fully insures your car, and have the actual car parking company not honour that. When it comes to third-party sites, just like in car hire and hotels, any problems you’d have with the service you can’t take up with the actual car parking company. You need to direct your concerns to the third-party site, some of which have the tendency to make you go in circles with egregious issues.
Remember that in whatever product or service you buy, you should always read the fine print, and at a minimum skim through the car parking Terms & Conditions. Even if it is taxing, it’s better to take the time to read it, than to agree to something you never would have if you knew. Read up and Good luck!