TIM DREW: Airport ‘meet and greet’ parking advice

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THE West Sussex Trading Standards service has been receiving complaints from holidaymakers using ‘meet and greet’ airport parking firms, who have suffered thefts from their cars, damage to their vehicles and excess mileage put on the odometer.

The service has, therefore, advised that company websites be checked for name and address details and, if the cost of the booking is more than £100, that payment be made via credit card, as this will provide extra protection in the event of things going wrong.

Most reputable companies will complete paperwork highlighting any damage to the vehicle at the time you drop it off.

Trading Standards advises customers to take pictures of all four sides of their vehicle when they drop it off, to help avoid any disputes regarding damage to their vehicle on their return from holiday.

Make a note of the mileage reading on your car when you drop it off, so that you will know whether or not it has been driven further than you expected, and never leave any valuables or money in your vehicle whilst you are away.

As we come to the end of another year, it’s time to ask whether you are happy with the general content of this column, or if you think it could be improved upon in any way. Please send your feedback to me, via email to tim@freeolamail.com

In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a safe and merry Christmas and a happy new year.

• PCSO Ros Tite (Castle) hosts her surgery from1pm to 2pm at The Maybridge Keystone Centre, in Raleigh Way, Maybridge, on Saturday, December 27. PCSO Gary Morgan’s surgery will take place at the Sanctuary Housing Office, in Samphire Drive, Durrington, between 9.30am and 10.30a.m on Saturday, January 3. PCSO Chloe Curtis’s surgery will be held at Durrington Library, in Salvington Road, Durrington, between 11am and midday on Monday, January 5, with the Gaisford Neighbourhood Panel meeting that evening at Northbrook College, in Broadwater Road, Broadwater, from 7pm to 8pm.