Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Space Saver “Street Justice” Hurts Drivers

February 21st, 2015 Posted by Chicago Travel Tips, Parking, ParqEx, Safety No Comment yet

Many cities are banning the tradition of reserving shoveled parking spaces with space savers, or “dibs.” While many people feel that this is a better move for the community, there are some who don’t care for it. This has resulted in “street justice,” where tires are being slashed for parking in what would have once been considered a reserved spot.

These acts of vandalism have grown in cost, with innocent drivers being forced to pay hundreds of dollars to replace their tires. Neighbors are being asked to remove space savers if they are seen, but people also fear for their safety as well as for their cars.

So how can you park in a snow-free spot without risking the tires on your car?

To avoid this “street justice” problem, you can commit to shoveling out spots on a regular basis, but that requires a lot of time and effort. Besides, if it’s freezing out already, this can often seem like the worst case scenario.

What we recommend is that you can use ParqEx to rent a spot that is snow-free (possibly even covered or indoors) for a minimal fee. This helps out your community by keeping money local, but it also provides you with a safe, dry spot to leave your car. These spots are also often protected, either by security or a garage, so you can park without fear of “street justice” having its way with your vehicle.

You shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of your car. When you use ParqEx, you don’t have to.

How is ParqEx different?

February 10th, 2015 Posted by Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

There are plenty of parking applications to choose from. Plenty are more established, and pretty much any of them will get you a parking spot. So why choose us?

• We’re community-oriented. Unlike many parking sites and apps, we focus on renting you spaces from people in your community. You can give back to your friends, neighbors and co-workers by selecting their spot, and provide feedback to improve things for those people too.

• We’re reasonably priced. The idea behind these parking applications is that they’re cheaper, right? So why do some of these new apps charge so much? At ParqEx, we focus on providing you with the space you need, and let each owner set the fee that they feel is appropriate.

• We’re constantly improving. We don’t believe that things are ever perfect, so we work toward always bettering ourselves and what we offer. New updates release new features and changes that you’ve asked for. Trust us, we’re really listening to what you want and working to make it happen.

• We’re easy to use. Why make things harder than they have to be? With our app, it takes you less time and effort to rent or list a parking spot than many other applications make it. We know that you don’t have time to waste, so we ensure that we don’t take up more of it than we need to.

And those are just a few things! When you add everything up, we can hardly be competed against. We making parking, renting it or selling it, benefits you in ways that it just hasn’t before. Don’t miss out on all this; be sure to check us out.

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The Best Travel News Sites

February 10th, 2015 Posted by Chicago Travel Tips, Parking No Comment yet


Most people love to travel, but actual arrangements can be a huge hassle. What are you doing on your trip? Where are you staying? How are you traveling when you’re there? These questions and more can make your “vacation” seem much more like work than anything else.

At ParqEx, we don’t think this is how it should be. That’s why we’ve scoured the Internet for the best travel news sites. They’ll help you book your arrangements, from where you’ll be staying to what you’ll be doing to how you’ll be getting around.

• KAYAK. If you don’t want to search through hundreds of sites to find the best deal, you can rely on KAYAK to do the hard work for you. Here, you canfind and book the best deals on flights, hotels and rental cars. They provide a one-stop shop for all your travel needs, so you can spend more time focusing on the more important things — like how much fun you’re going to have.

TripAdvisor. Never go to a hotel without knowing exactly what to expect again! They offer totally unbiased hotel reviews that will tell you the truth about what it’s actually like. Many times, they even provide photos, so you can see exactly what you’re getting into. As a bonus, this site offers solid travel advice on how to make your vacation the best that it can be.

• Triptease. Plan your activities for your whole trip with this site! Users offer up solid itineraries that you can browse through, while also finding the very best deals based on your trip and what you want to do. Community-oriented and extremely knowledgeable, they will help you plan your trip every step of the way, and you will fall in love with every single step that you take.

• Jet Lag Rooster. There is nothing worse than changing time zones and finding yourself too exhausted in your new place to truly enjoy every minute of your vacation! Fortunately, there’s Jet Lag Rooster to help you out. When you insert your travel details at least 3 days before you fly out, they’ll design you a personalized sleep schedule to make sure jet lag is the last thing on your mind.

• Travellr. When you need quick but still detailed advice, this is the place to find it. This website connects you with travelers who’ve been where you’re going, and it offers up their insight on how to get the most out of your experience. From restaurant suggestions to travel ideas, they offer the expert advice you always love to have before making any major decisions, especially on vacation.

Even if, after you’ve used these sites, your booking and planning was a little stressful, you can always rest easy knowing that ParqEx is here to make parking simple for you. From reserving your spot at a reasonable rate to being adjustable if your plans change, we make it our goal to make sure that your vacation is easy and enjoyable — just like it’s supposed to be.

New Feature: Send Feedback

February 10th, 2015 Posted by Feature, mobile app, ParqEx No Comment yet

We know you love ParqEx; we make it easy for you to find reasonably priced parking in the city or make some extra money off your empty parking spots. But maybe you think there are some things we could be doing better.

We totally understand that; no one’s perfect, after all! That’s why our team has made it possible for you to send us your feedback about the app, our policies and anything else you can think of — all from within the app. Check out the new feature: send feedback from within the ParqEx mobile app.

The process is very simple. First make sure you’re logging into your account. Once you’ve taken care of that, click the menu. There, under “You” (where you would find your account information), you’ll now have the ability to select “Feedback.” Once clicked, we want you to tell us whatever it is that you think we can do better, as well as what you think is really great. We’re always working toward being the best version we can be, and your feedback is a major contributor to that. In advance, thanks a million!

When you’re done typing everything up, just hit the button that says “Send Feedback.” We’ll make sure we address your concerns, but we can only do that if we know what they are. With your feedback, we create a better app and you’re happier using us — everyone wins!

New Feature: Cancellation

February 10th, 2015 Posted by Feature, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

It’s wonderful to be able to book a parking spot in advance, but what about when your plans changed? You don’t want to pay for a place you no longer need, do you? Of course not! That’s why our team has been working diligently to create a New Feature: Cancellation in ParqEx. Now when your plans change, you aren’t going to be charged for it.

The cancellation feature allows you to cancel your reservation and receive a full refund up until 2 hours before the time of your reservation. If you don’t remember that, you can find that information underneath the availability for different spots or read the terms and conditions. For long-term parking cancellations, you’ll have to contact the host.

However, assuming you’re cancelling a short-term reservation, the process couldn’t be simpler. On the parking pass details screen, you’ll find the Cancellation policy listed once again — but this time, it is accompanied by a link that says, “Cancel This Reservation.” By clicking that at least two hours before your reservation starts, you’ve effectively cancelled your spot.

Want to double check? Look for the red circle when going through your reservations, where you can search by date and time. Yellow is expired, green is purchased and valid, and red confirms that you have cancelled the reservation. No need to worry about whether or not it went through!

If you click the reservation that you’ve cancelled, you’ll see that it also says cancelled. As well, your option to check-in will be gone, leaving you only able to save or contact the host.

As the host in this situation, you will be alerted immediately when someone cancels their reservation for your spot. It will be listed within your reservation details screen, so you’re able to get your spot back on the market as soon as possible.

This cancellation policy allows hosts and guests to easily change their plans and make adjustments on the spot, all within the app. What’s not to like about that?



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