Parking Panda’s Customer of the Month for September is Greg S., an avid runner from Connecticut. Greg has fallen in love with Parking Panda because of the peace of mind that it provides him and his family when they’re headed for a night on the town. Before Greg leaves his house, he’s certain to make a guaranteed parking reservation within close proximity of his destination. Once a victim of price gouging while looking for parking, Greg now knows exactly how much he’s paying just by pulling out his phone. Without further ado, let’s get to know one of our great customers!
How did you find Parking Panda?
I was headed into a Shania Twain concert in Newark, New Jersey and was searching for parking online. I was looking for parking spots close to the Prudential Center. I saw Parking Panda’s map of all of the available parking options in the area. I found a place that was about two blocks away at a very good price. The parking garage looked really good on the computer, but when we got there it felt like we were even closer than we were expecting.
It was really easy to pay for parking up front. I really like that feature because you don’t have anything to worry about - you’ve already got your parking and all you need to do is show up.
What is it about Parking Panda that keeps you coming back?
It’s very easy. The smartphone app is remarkably easy. You just pull your phone out, hit on Parking Panda, and type in wherever you’re headed. I went into Chinatown in New York City recently. I just typed in Chinatown and boom, all these spots pop up on the map. You pick one and then you’re done. The app has my credit card information stored in it so I don’t even have to enter all my information. I click on purchase, the reservation is right there on the app and then you pull into the parking spot!
Do you usually make use of Parking Panda to find parking for work, leisure, travel, or an event?
Typically just for leisure. Like I said we went to the concert once, and then whenever we head down into New York City. I do plan on using Parking Panda when I travel next month.
How do you redeem your reservation once you arrive at a parking location?
So far in all of my experiences there have always been attendants waiting for you to pull in and get out of your vehicle. I just tell them right away that I’m prepaid and show them my phone and that’s it, we go on our way.
What was life like for you before you found Parking Panda?
In October I’m headed down into Washington DC, I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon. I plan on going down a few days early to do some sightseeing. In the past, without Parking Panda it was always a guessing game as to where we were going to park. You have to find a spot and then you’re at their mercy as to what they’re going to charge you. You also know the exact location of your parking spot which makes it easier to plan your day.
What other apps or services do you use on your phone that make your life easier or more interesting?
I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat on my phone to keep up with my kids. I also do online banking, which is convenient. I find it amazing that if we have a check to deposit, you just pull out your phone, take a couple pictures of it and it’s done. I use eBay to sell some stuff every once in awhile and can check on business on my phone.
What type of music do you like?
I like rock and pop. I’m a huge Elvis Costello fan so I’ve got his whole catalogue on my phone.
Are you a sports fan? What do you like to do in your leisure time?
I mainly follow the Red Sox in baseball. I’m an avid runner. Working out and keeping fit is a daily activity for me. While prepping for the Marathon next month it’s not uncommon for me to go out and run 10-15 miles at a time.
How many marathons have you run?
This will be my third marathon, the second time I’ve done the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m going to do this Disney Marathon in January. It’s at Disney World in Orlando. It starts out in the parking lot of Epcot Center and goes through all four of the theme parks including the race track.
Big thank you to Greg for his time and kind words about Parking Panda's service! We're excited for you to run the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon (did you know we're the official parking partner of the Marine Corps Marathon?) Best of luck at Disney!
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