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Make money with these new parking apps

April 12th, 2017 Posted by Airbnb of Parking, Parking, Parking Apps No Comment yet

Over the last few years, there’s been a revolution in many industries that’s completely transformed many services. Companies such as Uber and Lyft for transportation and Airbnb for vacation rentals have ushered in the age of the sharing economy, also known as the collaborative economy. There’s one area in which this model is severely needed: parking. People are starting to appreciate the need for an Airbnb type model to address parking issues, such as lack of space, congestion, and unnecessary stress. Parking apps including ParqEx, SPOT and JustPark have introduced a solution that’s starting to transform the way people think about parking. Let’s see why we need an Airbnb of parking and how various companies are providing this service.

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Tech In Motion: Smart City IoT

January 20th, 2017 Posted by Chicago Events, Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet
Ever heard of a smart home? How about a smart city?

On Wednesday, January 25th, Tech in Motion , in conjunction with National Association of Realtors, hosted a panel event: Smart City – IoT in Chicago. (more…)

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Five Free February Events in Chicago

January 19th, 2017 Posted by Chicago Events, Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet

February is nearly here, and with it comes a wide variety of fun Chicago events. Whether you are looking for a fun date idea or an activity for the whole family, you are sure to find something to suit your needs in the busy Windy City. Best of all, many of these upcoming events are absolutely free, making them accessible to all, no matter what your budget may be. (more…)

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A Peaceful Night In with the Sharing Economy

January 12th, 2017 Posted by Parking No Comment yet

Sometimes a peaceful night in is all parents really want. This is especially true after the stressful holiday season.

Unfortunately, “peace” and “kiddos” don’t always mix. After all, babies will cry, siblings will fight, and toddlers will somehow unroll the entire roll of toilet paper in the 30 seconds that you are not looking, and none of these things lends themselves well to snuggling on the couch to watch a movie. That said, a nice quiet night in isn’t impossible to find when you think outside the box and take advantage of the thriving sharing economy right here in Chicago.

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In the News with ParqEx

October 25th, 2016 Posted by Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

ParqEx is pumped to be finalist for 2016’s “50 on Fire!”


We are 1 of just 16 B-to-C companies to make the list out of hundreds of applicants!

Chicago is one of the most diversified economies in the world, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce. And this diversity extends to the city’s innovation economy, with an eclectic mix of startups, categories, entrepreneurs, enterprise tech companies, STEM organizations, universities, and more making up the ecosystem.

50 on Fire is Chicago Inno’s annual awards show, celebrating the individuals and organizations that are heating up Chicago across a variety of industries. It is a reflection of Chicago’s ecosystem at large – a collection of people and organization in a number of different roles, stages, and categories – that are, for lack of a better term, on fire. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire city to build an innovation.

ParqEx is absolutely thrilled to be one of just 16 B2C companies to be included in the prestigious list.

To read the full article, click here.


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Here are a few of our currently featured parking spots. Going to be in the area and need an easy place to park? Click on the spot you want. Book it. You’re a VIP.


A ParqEx original film

 

Jeff & Matt: A story about the day two people became friends through parking.

 

Jeff & Matt were once sad. Jeff drives to the big city every day from the suburbs. Jeff gets lots of headaches figuring out where to park. Matt lives in the big city. Matt has a parking space, but doesn’t always use it.

ParqEx to the rescue! The simple ParqEx app allows Matt to rent his parking space to Jeff. Jeff doesn’t have to worry about where to park anymore. Matt makes some extra money. Jeff and Matt are now friends.

To list or find parking (and maybe a new friend), click here!


 

ParqEx company news bits:

 

ParqEx: Always expanding!
This month, Parqex signed deals with Farpoint Development and MO2 Properties.

ParqEx CEO at VentureFWD Summit
ParqEx Founder and CEO Vivek Mehra was one of an esteemed and select group of innovators and leaders to speak at the 2016 Venture for Women & Diversity Summit.

ParqEx is hiring in Chicago and Wisconsin
ParqEx is looking for leaders, including Jr. Account Executives (Sales) in both Madison and Milwaukee. See the full list of opportunities at our great company.


GAME CHANGER: ParqEx Access+

With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open the garage door from their smartphones. Garage owners can simplify management and improve control of the garage.

Interested? Learn more here!


 

Top 5 Chicago Weekly Events: Week of Oct. 3

October 3rd, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Events, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

There are tons of fun events going on this week in Chicago and we’re going to make it easier for you to attend them. Not just because we’re listing them on this blog post, but once you get to the event, we’re going to help you park. Now you might be thinking something like, “How is this blog going to help me park?” or “Driving to a crowded event is something I will never ever do.” You’ll be surprised how easy we’re making parking.

Once you decide which of the events listed below you want to attend this weekend, download the ParqEx App on the App Store or Google Play for Android and simply plug in the address of or near the event you’ll be going to. From there, you’ll see all of our parking listings close to the event that you’ll be able to rent for the entire day. It’s easy, convenient, and affordable.

Now that you’re confident with your parking situation (“confident” and “parking” used to be an oxymoron, but not anymore) here’s a list of five events you should check out in Chicago this week:

1.) Rocktober Beer Fest 

 

Where? West Loop, Randolph and Ogden, 1101 W. Adams St.

When? October 7-9, Friday, 5-11 pm; Saturday, 12 Noon-11 pm; Sunday, 12 Noon-10 pm

I mean, the name alone should make you want to go. There will be beer. There will be rock. There will be brats. What else do you need to know? The Rocktober Beer Fest will play on the traditional theme of an authentic German Oktoberfest. Local bands will be heard, beers will be consumed, brats will be eaten, and I will most certainly be there.

West Loop parking used to be tough; not so much anymore. Reserve a parking spot for the Rocktober Beer Fest now using ParqEx. You shouldn’t spend your weekends worrying about parking, and you won’t anymore.

2.) Chicago Cubs Playoffs 

 

It’s that time of year again: playoff time. Watch your Chicago Cubs Friday and Saturday at historic Wrigley Field as they face off in games 1 and 2 of the NLDS against the winner of the Giants/Mets wild card game. Yes, ticket prices are steep, so if going to a game this weekend is not in your budget, head to Wrigleyville and experience the hype from the bars. The city is excited for good reason and being in Wrigleyville during Cubs playoff games is a blast. Make sure you wear your comfortable shoes; seating inside the bars will be almost certainly hard to come by!

As you probably already know, parking in Wrigleyville is difficult, but we’re here to make it easier for you. Our private parking platform gives you access to parking spots you never had access to before. Check out our parking inventory by searching “Wrigley Field” on the ParqEx platform and reserve your spot. Don’t let parking get in the way of your Cubs game day experience.

3.) Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

 

When? Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:00 am

Where? Grant Park

45,000 runners will take center stage this weekend at the annual Chicago Marathon. If you’re one of them, congrats and good luck! If you’re not running, you can still be a part of the fun (because running 26.2 miles is obviously fun…). Don’t hit the snooze button this Sunday morning; head to Grant Park early and watch some of the best runners in the world compete. Have a friend running? Grab a poster, some markers, and your best cheering voice and will them to the finish line.

 

 4.) Alessia Cara Concert 

 

When? Friday, October 7, 8:00 pm

Where? Chicago Theatre

There’s a new breed of pop star seizing hold of the world’s airwaves and online—more accurately, a conscious-pop star who’s set to subversively top charts and sway hearts and minds. This enigma embodied is 18-year-old  Alessia Cara, who’s riding the refrains of her ironic anthem, “Here.” Premiered by The Fader, “Here” garnered over 500,000 total streams in it’s first week, resounding praise for its freshness and insight. Check her out this Friday night at the Chicago Theatre. Information courtesy of alessiacara.com

Purchase your tickets by clicking here! 

Find parking in advance by using the ParqEx App or by checking out the ParqEx website.

5.) Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run & Walk

 

Where? 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.

When? Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:00 pm

Check out fall’s most ‘spirited’ event! It’s the 5th annual 5K on the grounds of the north side’s historic Rosehill Cemetery. Run or walk on the sprawling 350-acre Victorian-era cemetery that opened in 1864. It’s by far the largest cemetery in the City of Chicago (and second largest in Illinois).

Monuments! Mausoleums! Scenic paths! And then there’s the eternal spirits who reside in Rosehill. Among them: more than 10 Chicago mayors, Oscar Mayer, John G. Shedd, Cubs’ announcer Jack Brickhouse, legendary adman Leo Burnett, Sears founder Julius Rosenwald and scores of Civil War vets are just a few of the souls who call Rosehill home.

In addition, there will also be a post run/walk party. Information courtesy of Chicago Events.

 

About ParqEx:

ParqEx is a technology company that connects owners of private parking spots to people looking for parking. In urban areas where parking demand is high but available options are scarce or expensive, ParqEx makes additional supply available to the driving public by listing exclusive inventory owned by local residents and businesses.

Using ParqEx, parking owners are able to make some supplemental income from an underutilized asset while renters get access to exclusive inventory in more convenient and hard-to-park locations. The ParqEx support team ensures that the entire process of listing, reserving, parking, and paying is as smooth as possible for all involved.

ParqEx has also developed the revolutionary Access+ Technology. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open the garage door from their smartphones. Property managers and condo boards can simplify management and improve control of the garage.

Don’t have our parking app yet? Get it now @ParqEx on the App Store and Google Play!

Watch our short video to see the beauty of the ParqEx app!

 

Parking Isn’t Always Frustrating

September 27th, 2016 Posted by Car, Funny, mobile app, Parking, parking spots, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

When thinking about parking, especially parking in Chicago, most people either get bored or frustrated. Let’s be honest, it’s not necessarily a subject you talk about at the bar with your best friends (at least I hope not).

Parking spots are usually used for one thing and one thing only: to store a vehicle. But sometimes, people get creative and do other things with them. Like what??? The following may surprise you…

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Unused Parking Spots are Making Your Neighborhood Expensive

September 19th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Travel Tips, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

After circling around the West Loop in your car for 20 minutes trying to find somewhere to park, you finally find a vacant lot you think you can park in. You pull into the half-empty lot, find a nice, big spot close to your destination, then pull into the spot only to read the sign that says “PRIVATE PARKING ONLY (AKA NOT YOU!) VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWED!”  Well, crap. Now you’re left with a decision that you wish you didn’t have to make. We’ve all been in this situation before; a game time decision needs to be made and you’re on the clock.

It’s a lose-lose situation. Staying in the spot leads to worrying whether your car will be there when you return while leaving the spot leads to circling the West Loop for 20 more minutes with no end in sight. Bleh, I’ll pass on both options. This is where ParqEx comes to the rescue (kind of like when Buzz Lightyear saves Woody from an unscrupulous toy collector – a friend helping a friend out of a bad situation).

ParqEx connects owners of private parking spots to people looking for parking which will solve the urban parking problem. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) further validates ParqEx’s mission. Parking is a problem that can be solved. According to CNT’s journal titled Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability, there are more parking spaces available than parking spaces demanded. So if this is the case, why is it so dang hard to find parking? Because many of the spaces available are not accessible to the general public – spaces in private lots that are sitting vacant. According to the journal, parking spaces in Chicago can cost upwards of $37,300 to build, while about 1/3 of these spots are sitting vacant in an indoor residential private parking garage. Someone has to cover the cost of these spots and it’s usually people like me and you — people who rent apartments/condos.

While these spots remain unused, you just spent money on them. Your rent is $1300/month instead of $1150/month because your money is being used to cover the costs of unused spaces. Yeah, I’m not happy about it either. Good news: we can change this, and the folks at ParqEx are doing just that by making these unused parking spaces available to more and more people. By doing so, drivers can more easily find available parking without wasting their time, and building owners generate revenue by listing unused spots on the ParqEx platform. This cycle leads to more affordable neighborhoods and more available parking, turning a lose-lose situation into a win-win.

Now that we have your attention, we’d love for you to read more about the parking problem and how it can be solved. The Center for Neighborhood Technology has written an amazing journal that you can read by clicking HERE!

 

About ParqEx:

ParqEx is a technology company that connects owners of private parking spots to people looking for parking. In urban areas where parking demand is high but available options are scarce or expensive, ParqEx makes additional supply available to the driving public by listing exclusive inventory owned by local residents and businesses.

Using ParqEx, parking owners are able to make some supplemental income from an underutilized asset while renters get access to exclusive inventory in more convenient and hard-to-park locations. The ParqEx support team ensures that the entire process of listing, reserving, parking, and paying is as smooth as possible for all involved.

ParqEx has also developed the revolutionary Access+ Technology. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open the garage door from their smartphones. Property managers and condo boards can simplify management and improve control of the garage.

Don’t have our parking app yet? Get it now @ParqEx on the App Store and Google Play!

 

Watch our short video to see the beauty of the ParqEx app!

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Sports Update: Cubs Clinch NL Central

September 16th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Cubs, Chicago Events, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, Cubs, News & Events, NL Central, Parking, ParqEx, Playoffs No Comment yet

Our team at ParqEx is obsessed with parking, but we like other things, too; like when Chicago sports teams make the playoffs. Cardinals fans can plead the “1908” card, but for now, Chicagoans have something to celebrate: THE CUBS CLINCHED A PLAYOFF BIRTH!

While the main goal for the season has yet to be achieved, Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, wants his players to celebrate winning the National League Central Division. And why not? Just because you didn’t yet reach your end goal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate lesser accomplishments along the way; so pop the champagne, boys, you deserve it. And you do too, fan reading this blog, because you’ve devoted many hours to the 2016 regular season.

While the Cubs were hoping to clinch the division by beating Milwaukee last night at Wrigley Field, their comeback effort fell short, and W flags were not flown. Resale ticket values were off the charts before the game, with standing room only tickets selling for upwards of $100 and bleacher seats even more. Unfortunately, Cubs fans who bought tickets at inflated prices in hopes to see a huge Cubs celebration took the el train home feeling a bit unfulfilled. For good reason.

“It would have been wonderful to do that for the fans right there,” Maddon told ESPN. “We were unable to do so. That’s part of the uncontrollable nature of the game.”

But, it didn’t take long before the Cubs clinched the division. The Cardinals lost to the Giants on the west coast last night, which secured the Cubs division title. The Cubs plan to make-up for their lack of celebration last night by celebrating after this afternoon’s game at Wrigley Field. Bring your ponchos, Cubs fans; bubbly is likely to be sprayed into the stands. And knowing the energy, enthusiasm, and spirit of this Cubs team, there will be a lot of it.

 

 

If you’re planning on heading to a Cubs playoff game, make sure you download the ParqEx App for all your Wrigleyville parking needs.

ParqEx is a technology company that connects owners of private parking spots to people looking for parking. In urban areas where parking demand is high but available options are scarce or expensive, ParqEx makes additional supply available to the driving public by listing exclusive inventory owned by local residents and businesses.

Using ParqEx, parking owners are able to make some supplemental income from an underutilized asset while renters get access to exclusive inventory in more convenient and hard-to-park locations. The ParqEx support team ensures that the entire process of listing, reserving, parking, and paying is as smooth as possible for all involved.

Watch our short video to see the beauty of the ParqEx app!

Park Smarter, Live Better

September 7th, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, startup No Comment yet

Park the way YOU want! Here are 4 reasons why using ParqEx will make your life a lot better:

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  • You’ll save money. It’s simple: parking in the city using ParqEx will save you money. We all hate that feeling of spending $20 on something, later to find out that same thing was available for $10. Once you pay that $50 to park outside Wrigley Field, you’re not getting that money back after you realize ParqEx had an available spot even closer to the stadium for half the price. With parking, unfortunately there are no price adjustments or price matching. Why pay more than you should for parking when you can be spending your hard earned money on things you love; like Cubs and Blackhawks tickets. Start spending money the way you want to spend it. It’s more fun that way!

 

  • You’ll make money. There aren’t too many things better than making money while doing nothing. If you’re already making money by sitting on the couch watching the Bears on Monday Night Football, well, here’s a way you can be making more money – and if you’re not yet as lucky as the Bears fan mentioned above, here’s where ParqEx comes to the rescue. It’s as easy as downloading the ParqEx app on your smart phone or tablet or visiting the ParqEx website and listing your parking spot on our platform. It’s like listing your apartment on Airbnb, but doing so with your parking spot. So if you’re working a 9-5 job or going on vacation for a week, list your parking spot on ParqEx daily, weekly, or monthly and start earning the money you deserve.

 

  • You’re caring about your community. Parking can be frustrating. Very frustrating. Why? Because there always seems to be WAAAY more cars looking for parking than parking spots available. ParqEx is solving the parking crisis by making more parking spots readily available, but we can’t do it without your help. By listing your spot on the ParqEx website or app, you can help out your community by making it easier for everyone to park – and in turn, these people can spend more time doing what they want to do in your city.

 

  • Believe it or not, you’ll have fun! We all know the satisfying feeling of finding the perfect parking spot. It’s usually worthy of a fist pump or a high five with the person in the passenger seat. ParqEx makes you feel that way every single time you park. Using ParqEx, you can see all of the spots available near your destination. Try to find the spot that you think is most valuable!

 

Whether you need a parking space for just a day, a whole week, or an entire month, or are looking to rent your space on our app, check out the rest of our site and familiarize yourself with us! We know you may have further questions, so please give us a call or send us an email if you want to chat!

ParqEx Named Best Tech Startup in Chicago

September 2nd, 2016 Posted by Chicago Events, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Tech in Motion has announced ParqEx as the “Best Technology Startup” in Chicago at the 2nd Annual Timmy Awards, which recognizes the top workplaces for technology professionals. The Chicago tech community chose ParqEx from a field of 10 finalists, including Rippleshot, UrbanBound, Crowdfind and runner-up Peanut Butter. ParqEx is a private parking marketplace that allows parking spot owners to rent their parking spaces daily, weekly or monthly. In doing so, parking spot owners can make some extra cash, while renters have access to more available, affordable parking. ParqEx is currently available for use in Chicago, but will be expanding to other cities including Milwaukee and Madison in the near future.

“With so many fantastic startups launching in our community, it was especially thrilling to announce ParqEx as Chicago’s Best Technology Startup,” said Tech in Motion organizer David Belsky, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates Chicago. “The competition was intense, with more than 11,000 votes coming in. We plan to keep honoring top Chicago-area leaders like ParqEx as a part of our annual Timmy Awards.”

ParqEx is accessible via smartphone and the web and provides drivers with immediate access to an exclusive parking inventory. The ParqEx Access+ garage door opener services is the first of its kind and offers access to parking located behind doors and gates. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open garage doors and gates from their smart phones, making more parking available to the community. ParqEx continues to grow

“The ParqEx team is honored to receive this award and is looking forward to helping more and more people not only find affordable parking, but help parking spot owners make some extra money,” ParqEx CEO, Vivek Mehra said, “Our company will solve the parking crisis that impacts many communities by making parking easier, affordable and more readily available.”

The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, San Francisco and Toronto. Previous winners have included innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart. The next Timmy Awards ceremonies are the Silicon Valley’s Inaugural Timmy Awards in September and Orange County & San Diego’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards in October. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information.

About ParqEx

Founded in 2014 by Vivek Mehra, ParqEx is a community-based platform that allows parking spot owners to rent their parking spots on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play, or call (855) PARQEX-1 for more information.

About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 65,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

How ParqEx Uses the Sharing Economy to Get You What You Need

How ParqEx Uses the Collaborative Economy to Get You What You Need

May 12th, 2016 Posted by Community, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

Unless you work in the world of technology, you probably haven’t heard these terms before, but they are doing more for you than you realize. If you do business with companies like Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, Kickstarter, or, of course, ParqEx, then you’ve been working with these concepts for a long time. You don’t necessarily need to understand them in order for them to work for you, but knowing what’s under the shell can help you appreciate how truly amazing the technological world we live in really is. Let’s talk a little more about the collaborative economy.

How ParqEx Uses the Sharing Economy to Get You What You Need

What is the collaborative economy?

The collaborative economy, also known as the sharing economy, is not new, but it has definitely been growing recently. In this type of economy, the lines between consumer and provider become blurred. Goods and services are shared between peers, to achieve mutual benefit. For example, instead of two people renting their own two-bedroom apartment, they can share one. They each get what they need, but at half the price they would have paid otherwise. Or, if two people only need a parking spot for half of the day, instead of each renting an entire spot, they can share one, only paying half of the price.

The collaborative economy can also connect two or more consumers, allowing them to provide products and services to each other, which at one time were only provided by large companies.

These are the basics of a collaborative economy, but there is so much more to it, and the possibilities are endless.

The power of smart phones

Although smart phones are not a requirement for the collaborative economy to work, they are definitely a big part of what makes it so efficient. Smart phones make it possible to participate in the collaborative economy at any time. Without them, you could still participate in auctions like eBay, or find a loan through Lending Club on a computer, but the smart phone makes it possible to book a night through AirBnB, even after arriving in the city, or find a parking spot for the big game, even when you’re halfway there.

When companies get involved

Even though the collaborative economy is based heavily on consumers, there is still a place for businesses. Generally, these companies facilitate the connection and communication between the consumers, or establish trust. For example, eBay, as well as many other apps, helps people who are trying to sell things to connect with those that are looking for something. AirBnB does not provide places to stay. Instead, they offer reviews and background checks on the individuals who do, creating a sense of trust between users.

Making use of idle resources

The collaborative economy is all about using resources to the fullest, rather than wasting them. In order to do that, it helps consumers share the resources that they already have with those that would have otherwise bought their own. Eliminating unused resources indirectly eliminates the unnecessary purchase of new resources, which helps everyone involved save money. In most cases, it is also good for the world in general. For example, buying used items online prevents new ones from being produced, and sharing parking spaces means that fewer green areas have to be paved over.

Growth

The collaborative economy is growing rapidly. As it grows, more people learn about what it can do, and more people come to trust it, which leads to even more technology advances, and the people who find new uses for it help it to become even stronger.

Are you interested in learning more about how the collaborative economy is solving problems? Contact us. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions, and even help you get involved.

ParqEx: How to Prepare Your Car for April Showers

How to Prepare Your Car for April Showers

April 21st, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Now that Spring has (hopefully!) sprung, its time to think about putting away the heavy coats and snow pants and start getting ready for vacations and warm, sunny weather.

ParqEx: How to Prepare Your Car for April Showers

Is your car ready though? In honor of April being National Car Care Month, here is a short, but important (and often overlooked) check list to make sure your ride is warm-weather-ready.

Tires. If you opted to put snow tires on your car in anticipation of brutal winter storms, it’s time for those babies to come off the car. Why not just leave them on all year, you ask? Because those tires are made specifically to handle colder temperatures, and their tread was designed to bite into snow and ice to maintain your car’s traction. In warmer months, these tires will wear out much faster, leaving them with a short life span. In the long run, it will cost you more out of pocket to replace snow tires that have been used all Spring and Summer long. This goes for both the studded and studless varieties of snow tire.

Post-Winter Alignment: Chances are good that your winter driving included being out during several of those delightfully windy days. When winds are high, it’s natural to fight against the pull of nature via the steering wheel. After time, this necessary over-correcting causes the car’s alignment to change. It can be unnoticeable at first, but eventually you’ll notice that it’s pulling heavily to the right or left. This mean that your front end could be significantly out of whack. Have a trusted mechanic check your vehicle’s alignment and fix it if needed.

That leads us to shocks and struts. Potholes and cars are natural “enemies” and if you’ve rolled over a few of those, then your mechanic should check out your shocks and struts to ensure that they don’t need any parts replaced. They can usually check on this at the same time they are checking your alignment.

Brakes: During the winter of 2015, you probably found yourself using your brakes more than usual, given the slick conditions. This equals more wear and tear on the brake pads or discs. A professional mechanic should check out brakes, pads, and the rotors to make sure they are still in good working order. Having brake pads wear out on you can cause expensive repairs down the road (no pun intended), especially if you end up with metal-on-metal and damage the rotors.

Wash your ride. Most places use salt or sand on the roads to help with traction. There is a 100% chance that if your area uses salt or sand, then it has caked itself along the rocker panels and undercarriage of your car. It’s a good idea to give your four-wheeled baby a good bath at the end of Winter to make sure that salt doesn’t corrode the metal, and to clear out the caked sediments. Running your vehicle through a trusted car wash should do the trick.

While you’re at it, vacuum your floor mats and trunk space as well. They are probably loaded with road salt and sand as well from your shoes or snow boots. If you have a light-weight car, you may have sand bags in the trunk as well, and it’s time to find them a home until you need them again. A little Spring cleaning can go a long way in keeping your vehicle healthy and on the road for years and years. Regular service maintenance, as well as this handy post winter check list will ensure that your ride is ready for the warm months, whether you’re hitting the cruising scene or taking a road trip to ring in the Spring.

ParqEx: Highlights of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show this Past Week

Highlights of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show this Past Week

February 25th, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

The week-long 2016 Chicago Auto Show, which culminated this past weekend at McCormick Place, featured an extensive array of vehicles.  Some of the vehicles on display included hybrids, electric, convertibles, crossover, diesel, economy and sports cars, to name a mere few.

ParqEx: Highlights of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show this Past Week

Examples of the electric car technology at the auto show could be seen in two of the more prominent of the bunch, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt.  However, many more such cars were present as well.  For the record, electric cars come in a few different forms, such as battery-powered only and extended range electric.  The latter will operate until the charge of its battery runs out, then it switches to gasoline.

There were also numerous hybrid cars on display at the auto show.  In no particular order, a few of them were the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, the Mercedes-Benz S and the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid.  The main allure of the hybrid vehicle is that it utilizes two different energy sources for its power. Hybrids are highly efficient in improving fuel economy.

With so much new technology in vehicles on the rise, we at ParqEx feel like part of the team, and we get just as excited at the technological success within affiliated industries. This is especially true for the Chicago Auto Show. ParqEx is a community-based private parking marketplace app available on app stores.  Contact us for much more information.

ParqEx: 3 Ways to Earn Money This Year

3 Ways to Earn Money This Year

February 18th, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, mobile app, Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet

Everyone likes money. They say that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy things like food, housing, and entertainment. Wouldn’t you like to have just a little more in your pocket? Here are 3 ways to earn extra money this year.

ParqEx: 3 Ways to Earn Money This Year

Rent out your parking spot

Believe it or not, that little square you park your car in is worth a lot, especially if you live in a bigger city. If you don’t use your spot all of the time, or maybe you have an extra spot that you don’t use at all, it’s very simple to rent it out to people who need it using ParqEx. You don’t have to do much more than set up an account, but this one method could easily make you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year. All you have to do is list your parking spot on the ParqEx platform. Input the dates and times that it will be open, and be sure to note how much you want to charge for it. Don’t forget to upload a photo of the spot too. If the ParqEx system finds someone who wants to rent your spot, you can accept or deny that renter. If you accept, the rent for the spot will appear in your account!

Rent out your spare room

No matter what you have, there is someone out there who needs it. Do you have extra living space available? This could mean anything from an apartment you’re not using, to a spare bedroom, to an air mattress and some space on the floor. Why not rent it out? You can use sites like RadPad or Zumper to sublease or find a roommate for months at a time, or you can set up an account with a company such as AirBnB to rent out extra space for as little as a night.

Rent out your car

Going on a trip? Why not rent your car and parking? ke GetAround and Turo are peer to peer car sharing comapanies that specialize in facilitating this exchange, whether you’re going on a trip, or just not using your car for a while. So go ahread, rent your car and parking and make even more money.

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