• What Current Customers Should Know About Our Billing Changes

    Champion Parking prides itself on offering reliable, convenient services to New Yorkers who own vehicles. We’re pleased to offer enhanced online services to our monthly parking customers. If you wish, you can still mail paper checks or use your bank’s online payment system, although you’ll need to update our billing address (available on our website).

    However, our preferred payment method is through our billing provider, ClickPay. Monthly parking customers can now pay through ClickPay for free with an e-check (ACH) or for a fee with all major credit cards. It’s easy to get started. Just visit clickpay.com/champion, use your customer number to add your parking spot, and add your preferred payment option. Then, you can either set up automatic payments or make one-time payments by clicking on “Pay Now.” The ClickPay system is intuitively designed, but if you do experience technical issues, you can contact them directly to resolve them.

    All other questions about Champion Parking can be directed to a friendly customer service representative at (212) 308-5959. If you aren’t yet a monthly parking customer in NYC, call us right away to find out about our competitive parking rates !

  • Parking Deck Navigation for New Drivers

    The first time you do anything—whether it’s parking a car or renting an apartment—can cause anxiety. But once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be a pro. Remember to take your time. Parking garages often post their own speed limits. If you don’t see a speed limit sign, you should plan on driving no faster than 15 mph.

    Entering the Parking Garage

    Look for a sign that indicates the entrance, and head for it. Pull up to the ticket booth. There may be a parking attendant there, or you may need to use an automated ticket booth. Depending on the garage you’re using, you may need to pay in advance. After you’ve taken your ticket or made your payment, the automated barricade should open. Don’t linger—drive straight through. Check your ticket to see if you’ve been assigned a specific parking spot. Otherwise, it’s safe to assume you can park in any available space.

    Driving with the Flow of Traffic

    Most parking garages have plenty of signage and painted arrows on the floor that indicate the proper flow of traffic. Only drive in the indicated direction, as going against the proper flow of traffic could cause an accident. If there are no arrows telling you which way to drive, check out the alignment of the parking stalls. If they are perpendicular to the driving pathways, then two-way traffic is allowed. If the parking stalls are slanted, then you should drive in whichever direction allows you to easily slide into a space.

    Following Parking Garage Etiquette

    If a driver is leaving a parking stall, you can put on your turn signal and wait for the space. Just leave enough room for the other driver to back out. If the driver is still loading up his or her vehicle with items, just drive past and find another space. Remember to keep an eye out for any parked vehicles that could be pulling out of their spaces—fender benders in garages often occur when a car drives past another driver who is backing out of a space.

    Champion Parking maintains a network of safe and affordable parking garages around NYC. You can find our lots close to major attractions for your convenience. Questions? Give us a call at (212) 308-5959, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

  • Bringing Your Dead Battery Back to Life

    New Yorkers expect dead batteries in the middle of winter, but the summer heat also drains car batteries. If batteries get too hot, internal corrosion develops. The result is a decreased lifespan. You can help your battery live longer by keeping your car in a parking garage , as the shade mitigates sunlight-induced overheating. If your battery is already dead, try the following steps before buying a new one.

    Disconnect the battery.

    Before you can attempt to resurrect your battery , it’s absolutely essential that you disconnect it. Improperly handling vehicle batteries can be dangerous, particularly when they’re still connected and inside the car. Do the following steps in order:

    • Turn off your car, if applicable.
    • Turn off your car’s lights, if applicable.
    • Wear safety gloves.
    • Use a wrench to loosen the nut on the negative terminal.
    • Remove the negative terminal nut completely.
    • Lift the negative terminal off the battery and set it aside.
    • Use a wrench to loosen the nut on the positive terminal, and then remove it completely.
    • Lift the positive terminal off the battery and set it aside.

    Next, loosen the brackets and remove the battery.

    Clean your battery.

    Clean the exterior housing of the battery by scrubbing it with an old rag and a mixture of baking soda and water. Add just enough water to achieve a thick, goopy consistency. Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture, and scrub the terminals until they are free of corrosion. Wipe away the baking soda blend.

    Check its electrolyte levels.

    Most car batteries have six cell ports hidden underneath two rectangular covers or six round covers. Twist off the round covers, or use a screwdriver to pry off rectangular covers. Rub away any grime underneath with a damp rag. Each cell should contain an equal amount of liquid, and the level of the liquid should be high enough to conceal the electrode underneath.

    Add more electrolytes.

    If the electrodes are visible or the liquid levels are uneven, you’ll need to add more electrolytes. Do this by pouring in distilled water. Only add small amounts of distilled water at a time to prevent overfilling a cell port. Once you’re done, reconnect the battery and start your car.

    Champion Parking can help you protect your car from the damaging effects of the summer sun. Call (212) 308-5959 to inquire about affordable and convenient long-term parking options in NYC. We have garages all around the city, and we offer monthly parking rentals.

  • Big City Driving Tips

    Big city driving can be a little nerve-wracking for people from less urban areas, but after you’ve done it once, you’ll feel more confident doing it again. It’s always a good idea to be prepared. Know your route and which parking garage you’ll use when you arrive at your destination. You should also research city-specific traffic rules, such as whether or not turning right on red is allowed.

    For more helpful tips, watch this featured video. It offers a simple breakdown of the dos and don’ts of big city driving. Remember that no matter where you’re going, you should always avoid distractions and pay attention to the traffic around you.

    If you’re a new resident or just visiting the Big Apple, be sure to check out your affordable parking options. Call Champion Parking at (212) 308-5959 or make an online reservation for discount parking in NYC .