Now Available in San Francisco and Chicago—Luxe Garages!

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At Luxe, we strive to make parking your vehicle both convenient and affordable. Customers like you rave about our Door-to-Door Valet service, and we’re thrilled to introduce a new addition, Luxe Garages.

Starting today, open up the Luxe app and select one of our secure garages located throughout our service area. Simply drive to the garage and a Luxe Valet will meet you at the entrance and park your vehicle. There’s no wait and the cost is even more affordable. The best part is that you can mix and match your services, so you can drop off at a garage and then have your vehicle valeted to you on its return, or vice versa!

How it works

  • Open the Luxe app, and select the garage you would like to park at. Request before you leave or simply pull up to the garage and request upon arrival.
  • Drive to the garage, hand your keys to our Valet, and you’re on your way. Enjoy all the convenience of curbside service, at a lower price with no wait!
  • When you’re ready to pick up your vehicle, just request it right before you arrive at the garage. You can also choose to have your vehicle delivered back to you for only $8—select your pick-up time and location and our Valet will return it then.

Open up the Luxe app to see our garage locations today!

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Your Car

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You’ve braved the malls and finished shopping for everyone on your list. But have you considered your car? Yes, your car! It deserves a little treat every now and then for all it does for you. If you haven’t given it any thought yet, don’t worry. We’ve made it easy with this holiday gift guide for your car.

Glove Box Car Jump Starter

If your car’s battery isn’t ready for winter, you could find yourself needing a boost. You can do it alone with the glove box car jump starter for just $49.99. It plugs into your cigarette lighter, and in 10 minutes, your battery has a little extra spark.

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Digital Tire Gauge

If you eventually find your tire pressure gauge deep in your glove box, it’s either broken or you can’t read the numbers. A digital tire pressure gauge makes it easy to see the pressure so you can add the right amount of air. And if it takes off with the other pressure gauges, you can afford a new one at just $9.99.

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Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator

To make adjusting your tire pressures even simpler, choose this automatic tire inflator from Hammacher Schlemmer. All you need to do is attach the hose to your valve stem and set the desired pressure. The cordless, battery-operated tool takes care of the rest — for just $89.95.

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Karma Wi-Fi

If you need to stay connected everywhere you go, even in your car, look at the Karma Go. For just $49, you can purchase the Karma Go on the Pulse 25 plan and broadcast a wireless connection up to 100 feet. It works anywhere there’s a cell signal, and it’s just $29.99 for 5GB in your first month.

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Luxe Monthly Subscription

Treat your car to the valet experience with a Luxe Monthly Subscription. Operating in San Francisco, LA, Chicago, New York City, and Austin, Luxe offers a plan that’s right for your parking needs. While you’re at it, pamper your car with a car wash, fuel refill, or oil change service!

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Drive Car Garbage Can

Keep your car neat and tidy with a garbage receptacle. The Drive car garbage can is handy and looks great, and it’s reasonably priced at $15.37.

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Dash Cam

The Black Box Mobius Pro is a discreet dash cam that records high-quality video. Whether you need YouTube footage or accident evidence, it’s the right tool for the job.

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Automatic: Connected Car Adapter

If you need to diagnose a warning light, clear the Check Engine light, or want automatic emergency response from crash detection, the Automatic connected car adapter works wonders. Priced at $99.88, it is compatible with Amazon Echo and integrates seamlessly with Android and Apple devices.

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Car Seat Back Protectors

Keep your seat back clean and protected from dirty little footprints. These car seat back protectors attach easily and wipe clean. Best of all, they are just $14.97.

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Pocket Multitool

Who knows what issues you might run into? You can be prepared for any circumstance with the Leatherman Surge Pocket Multitool. From the best name in multitool, it includes a bit, driver or blade for every job. Keep it in your glove box for only $99.85.

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Nomad Cable

Since you’re always searching for a charging cable, keep one on your keychain. The 3-inch Nomad lightning cable is MFii-certified and a bargain at just $12.95.

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Micro USB Car Charger

Need to charge a device in your car? No problem! With a Tylt car charger, you can charge your micro-USB device from your car’s power outlet. Better yet, the built-in USB port allows a second device to charge at the same time. It’s only $9.49.

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Audible Subscription

Powered by Amazon, Audible audiobooks help pass the time when there’s nothing on the radio or you don’t have time to flip pages. Three-, six- or 12-month subscriptions are available, starting at $45.

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About Luxe

Luxe is the easiest way to park. Within our app, tell us where to meet you, and a Luxe Valet will be there when you arrive. When you’re ready to get your car back, schedule the return, and your car will meet you at the time and place of your choosing. We serve San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin. Our service is safe, convenient, and affordable so you can do more with your day.

Don’t have the app? Download it here and get your first two parks free!

Tesla Road Trip Tips

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If you decide to take a road trip in your Tesla, you’re probably thrilled that you don’t have to budget for gas station stops. On some models like the Tesla Model S P100D, the range can be as much as 337 miles on a full charge before you need to recharge the battery. That’s about your limit between leg stretches and bathroom breaks too. When you hit the road with your Tesla, there are still items for which you need to plan. If a road trip is in your future, check out these Tesla road trip tips.

Plan to Recharge Your Batteries

If you’re headed across the state line or across the continent, you’ll need to top up your battery charge from time to time. Tesla has developed the Supercharger Network, featuring more than 700 locations with blazing-fast recharging stations. A Tesla Supercharger station can charge your battery to 80 percent capacity in just 40 minutes. Or, in just 75 minutes, you’ll have a fully charged car once again.

That’s just enough time to grab a sandwich and soda at a diner and snag a handful of snacks for the road. Better yet, the Tesla Supercharger Network is free of charge. All you have to do is plot available stations along your route. You can find available Supercharger stations on the Tesla website.

If you’d like to plan out all of your charging stops, we recommend you use a planning tool like EVTripPlanner. They’ll take into account the type of Tesla you have, outside temperature, and tire size to calculate your total travel time — driving + charging time.

For winter road trips, you should expect to use about 40 percent more power on average. For every 10-degree drop on the thermometer, you’ll lose around 10 miles of actual range. Factor this in when you’re calculating your charging stops.

Keep Track of Your Tesla

For road trips that require an overnight stay, you may have to leave your Tesla parked outside in unfamiliar territory. You may worry about your vehicle or its contents — after all, you’re probably fully loaded for your road trip. It would be great if you could post a sentry to stand guard.

With the Tesla Motors app, you can keep tabs on your Tesla no matter where you’re parked. If you want to warm or cool your car before you leave your hotel room, you can use the app. Not sure if you locked the doors? Confirm on your Tesla Motors app. Chirp the horn to find your car in the mall parking lot. Monitor your battery level, all right from the Tesla Motors app. It’s an essential download for your road trip and available for Android and iOS.

Expect the Unexpected

You might change your plans on the go — abandon the in-laws for a trip to Disney World with the fam. Or maybe you’re having issues with your car. Now your planning and route are out the window. With the ConnecTT app for iOS and Android, you can switch it up without a problem.

The ConnecTT app gets you in touch with anything you may need on your road trip. Looking for a Supercharger? ConnecTT will help you find the closest one. And if there aren’t any nearby, you can connect with other Tesla owners and request their help. Need service on your car? The app has qualified service stations near you for whatever you may need. Need a quick bite to eat? Location-based restaurants and coffee bars are listed. The ConnecTT app is a great addition to your device for your road trip.

Bring a Spare

OK, maybe a substitute for a spare tire will do. In the event that you catch a leaky tire on the road, far from a Tesla service center, the Tesla tire repair kit is a good investment.

It’s a portable compressor that also injects a sealant into the tire, slowing or stopping your tire leak. It’s not the best solution for a tire leak, but it’s a good one if you don’t have other options. Plus, it’ll keep you on your timeline for your road trip.

How to Buy or Lease a Car If You Have a Low Credit Score

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The reasons for a low credit score are aplenty. It could be a bit of immature spending when you first received a credit card accompanied by unpaid bills. It could be more solemn, like job loss or family issues that meant money was too tight to make your payments. It might be the simple fact you’ve never needed to take out a loan before. Yet, here you are, with a low credit score and are looking to buy or lease a car.

What can you do about it? With a little guidance, you can buy a car or sign a lease for a car even with a low credit score. Here are a few tips.

Choose a Car Within Your Means

If your credit score is less than stellar, you’ll need to temper your wants with your needs. Decide which options are absolutely essential and which ones you can do without. Your best choice for buying a car when you have poor credit is a newer vehicle with a low price tag. Auto loan companies perceive these types of loans as the lowest risk.

Scrounge Up a Down Payment

To show you’re serious about buying a car, have a down payment collected and ready when car shopping. The cash you have to put down on the loan or lease seems to make lenders work a little harder.

A down payment makes your loan more attractive because the percentage of the vehicle you’re borrowing is lowered. It also means you can finance or lease a more expensive car.

Know Your Options

Sometimes, leasing is an easier way to get the deal done on a car purchase. Other times, a purchase is more likely to be successful. It can vary from vehicle to vehicle and from dealership to dealership.

When you have selected the vehicle you want, determine the best option for your situation with the salesperson. You might need to switch your vehicle selection to make the deal work.

Shop for the Best Rates

You already know your credit rating isn’t at the top of the scale. However, that doesn’t mean you have to accept whatever high-interest loan you’re offered first. Determine three to five lenders or dealerships that work with low-credit situations near you. Seek out lenders that are reputable and are rated well online, and then request pre-approval.

Compare the interest rates and repayment terms, selecting the best one for your situation. You’ll also want a quote from credit unions and the financial institution you normally use. Sometimes, the personal touch makes all the difference.

Buy Here Pay Here Car Loans

Another option that’s gaining popularity is Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) car loans. These are typically lenders who use their own funds to get you driving. That means your car loan or lease isn’t financed by a typical bank or lending institution. The lender has the flexibility to offer car loans and leases to anyone they’d like, including those with low credit scores.

If you choose to check out Buy Here Pay Here car dealers, be vigilant about your purchase. Know what the vehicle is worth – some seedy used car dealers jack up the price when low-credit buyers are on the hook, and sometimes the vehicles are in rough mechanical shape. And don’t get roped into astronomical interest rates right off the hop. In some cases, used car dealers charge up to 30% interest on BHPH loans.

Know What You’re Signing

It’s great to be thankful for getting a loan or lease for your car. Just make sure you read through all of your paperwork thoroughly before you sign on the dotted line. It’s a contract, so you’re responsible for knowing what you’re getting into.

Make Your Payments

Most importantly, never be late or miss a payment. It makes a lasting mark on your credit rating and can make future purchases difficult.


About Luxe

Luxe is the easiest way to park. Within our app, tell us where to meet you, and a Luxe Valet will be there when you arrive. When you’re ready to get your car back, schedule the return, and your car will meet you at the time and place of your choosing. We serve San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin. Our service is safe, convenient, and affordable so you can do more with your day.

Don’t have the app? Download it here and get your first two parks free!

Black Friday Parking Made Simple with Luxe & Westfield San Francisco Centre

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It’s once again time for America’s busiest shopping day of the year — Black Friday! This year, we’ve partnered with Westfield San Francisco Centre to create a traditional valet stand so you can park easy, save time, and avoid the parking madness. And if you still need to do some shopping after Black Friday, we’ll be there through the end of the year!

How it works

  • Pull your car up to the valet stand on Mission Street between 4th and 5th Street (outside of Bloomingdales).
  • Simply hand our valets your keys, and head into Westfield San Francisco Centre.
  • When you’re done, pop out to the valet stand. We’ll bring your car back to you, and you’re on your way!
  • Pricing is $10 for the first hour and $5 for every additional half-hour. If you’re shopping all day, $40 is all you pay. You can pay by cash or card — your choice.

 

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Happy shopping!
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Traveling with Pets: How to Plan a Road Trip with Your Cat or Dog

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Whether tagging along during a business trip or joining the family on vacation, Fido is a cherished companion. Traveling with pets is part of the adventure and should be considered wherever possible; plus, you don’t want to leave them home alone or put them up in a kennel, do you?

There are a handle of things to keep in mind if you’re taking a road trip with your pet. Comfort, safety, security, and enjoyment — your pet deserves them too!

ID Your Cat or Dog

They can’t speak for themselves. If your pets get lost on a road trip with no ID, you should know there’s little to no chance of getting them back. Ideally, your pet should be microchipped for easy identification. You should also equip your cat or dog with a collar and imprinted tags with your name, phone number, and other relevant contact information.

Reserve Pet-Friendly Hotels

Many hotel chains have pet-friendly rooms you can book if you’re traveling for more than one day. Call ahead to double-check, and book a room where your pet can join you in the accommodations. Note that you might be required to kennel your pets while they are inside the hotel room; inquire about the rules before you leave home.

Get Ready for a Long Drive

Yes, that means a good, long walk to get their business done before you hit the road. Also, make sure you pack items your pets would need for the length of your road trip. Bring pet food in a sealed container (it gets ripe in the car otherwise), water for the trip, and enough toys to keep them content during the drive.

Make the Trip Comfy for Everyone

When you get in the car for a cross-country trek, keep in mind that your cat or dog needs to be cozy for long distances. Bring pet beds or a crate they can use, and place them in a shaded area. Direct sunlight can make your pet overheated; trust me – you don’t want to contend with a car-sick animal.

Keep Your Pet Secure

A well-ventilated crate or pet carrier isn’t considered imprisonment by your cat or dog. They are den animals and typically like those spaces. Put a pet bed inside for comfort, and make sure you secure the crate with a strap or seatbelt in the event of an accident.

Stop Frequently

Avoid a mess inside your car, and prevent discomfort for your cat or dog. Make regular stops along your route to let Milo and Otis relieve themselves and stretch their legs, and let them rehydrate (but not too much). Break time is also a good chance for you to work out your own kinks.

Bring a Pet-Friendly Travel Kit

It’s not just about being in the car. You should always bring items that make a hotel room feel like home. Pack a pet grooming brush, a few yummy treats, and a couple of their favorite toys to prevent the stress of a new place, and include a basic first aid kit, and potential pet medications, as well.

Never Leave Your Pet in Your Hot or Cold Car

Depending on the season and the time of day, your car’s interior can cool off very quickly or heat up intensely in just a few minutes. Whether you’re headed to a restaurant for a bite to eat or stopping for the night, don’t leave your cat or dog in the car with the engine off. If you have a remote starter, you can start the engine for your pet to keep the interior temperature regulated comfortably. Otherwise, your pet should come with you.

Traveling with pets can be a great experience for both you and your pet. A little planning ahead will help make your road trip a smashing success!


About Luxe

Luxe is the easiest way to park. Within our app, tell us where to meet you, and a Luxe Valet will be there when you arrive. When you’re ready to get your car back, schedule the return, and your car will meet you at the time and place of your choosing. We serve San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin. Our service is safe, convenient, and affordable, so you can do more with your day.

Don’t have the app? Download it here and get your first two parks free!

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Thanksgiving Hours Update

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Please take note that our hours of operations will be different than normal this coming Wednesday, November 23 to Sunday, November 27.

San Francisco

  • Wednesday: 6 am–10 pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 6 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: Regular hours 8 am–2 am
  • Sunday: Regular hours 8 am–10 pm

Los Angeles

LAX:

  • Wednesday: 6 am–12 am (regular hours)
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 6 am–12 am
  • Saturday–Sunday: 6 am–12 am (regular hours)

Santa Monica

  • Wednesday: 7 am–11 pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 10 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–12 am
  • Sunday: 9 am–8 pm

Downtown

  • Wednesday: 7am-11pm
  • Thursday–Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 am–12 am
  • Sunday: 10 am–9 pm

Chicago

  • Wednesday: 6:30 am—10 pm (regular hours)
  • Thursday: 8 am–12 pm*
  • Friday: 6:30 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–11 pm (regular hours)
  • Sunday: 10 am–8 pm (regular hours)

*If your car is parked with us on Thursday, November 24, we will return your car to you between the hours of 8 am–12 pm. We are not open for regular service.

New York

  • Wednesday: 7 am–12 am (regular hours)
  • Thursday: 7am–12 pm
  • Friday–Sunday: 7 am–12 am (regular hours)

Austin

  • Wednesday: 7 am–10 pm (regular hours)
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 7am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Sunday: Closed (regular hours)

Seattle

  • Wednesday: 6 am–9 pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 6 am–9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–6 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am–6 pm (regular hours)

This Thanksgiving, Donate Food When You Park with Luxe!

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Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends and celebrate the things you’re most thankful for. Luxe is working with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and The Austin Salvation Army to help families in need make the most of their Thanksgiving by providing access to donated food from people like you.

Starting today until Wednesday, November 23rd, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to contribute. All you have to do is park with Luxe and bring your boxed or bagged donations with you. We’ll do the rest!

How It Works:

  • Please clearly mark all non-perishable food donations and place in a box or bag.
  • Park with Luxe and select “Give Back with Luxe” from the “Add-Ons” menu.
  • Leave your donation in your car and a Luxe Valet will then pick up your donation and drop it off at the designated donation center in your city.

Are You Wondering What You Should Donate?

Well, what would YOU want to eat? Answering that question is a great way of picking a good selection of items to donate this Thanksgiving. Non-perishable food items are preferred, and there’s a high demand for these popular items:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned beans
  • Canned chili
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Preserved fruits
  • Canned veggies
  • Canned fish

Let’s make this Thanksgiving a happy, tasty one for everyone!
Team Luxe


About Luxe

Luxe is the easiest way to park. Within our app, tell us where to meet you, and a Luxe Valet will be there when you arrive. When you’re ready to get your car back, schedule the return, and your car will meet you at the time and place of your choosing. We serve San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin. Our service is safe, convenient, and affordable, so you can do more with your day.

Don’t have the app? Download it here and get your first two parks free!

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How to Winterize Your Car

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How to Winterize Your Car

If you think winter is hard on you, just consider how your car feels as you leave it out in the cold. Winter weather isn’t kind to your car. Luckily, you can winterize your car and get ready for the upcoming ice and snow. It’s a process you should do every year.

Wondering what you should do to winterize your car? It’s easy stuff, but each of these steps is important.

Schedule a Routine Maintenance Visit

One thing is for sure — you don’t want to drive into winter without knowing your car’s condition. Your car could have problems you aren’t aware of, causing an inconvenient or dangerous breakdown.

Before the snow flies, have your mechanic look your car over to make sure it’s ready for another harsh winter. Have the brakes and fluids checked, along with the steering and suspension. Get everything brought up to snuff so you can drive confidently.

Get Your Oil Changed

A great time to schedule your oil change is the change of seasons. Clean oil can help your engine start easier and can prevent running problems too. You may want to consider using synthetic oil for even smoother, reliable starts.

Check Your Antifreeze Strength

Have your mechanic check your antifreeze strength. It needs to be good for at least as cold as the lowest temperature you can expect this winter. If your antifreeze isn’t up to par and it freezes in your engine, it can be a major and untimely repair bill in your future.

Inspect Your Tires

For winter time, your tires need to be on point. If you have winter tires, get them installed when the temperature is consistently below 45 degrees. Make sure they have enough tread and are at the proper pressure as well.

Have your mechanic look over your tires during the routine maintenance visit for a little extra peace of mind.

Change Your Wipers

Without fail, you realize your wipers need to be replaced when you turn them on in the winter. Ice and snow build up on the arms and blades. All you can see through your windshield are blurred lines of a half-frozen mess.
While you’re replacing your wiper blades, top up your washer fluid with an appropriate winter washer antifreeze.

Get a Wheel Alignment

If your tires show signs of abnormal wear, it might be an indicator of bad wheel alignment. Or, if your steering wheel pulls to one side or shakes, there could be an alignment-related problem.

Have your wheel alignment performed annually. Your pre-winter alignment can catch suspension and steering issues that slip through the cracks undetected and can enhance your driving experience this winter.

Detail Your Car

Start the winter season with a clean car, and commit to cleaning it regularly. Highway salt combined with the moisture can breed corrosion in any little nook and cranny. It’s best to get that salt off your car every week or two, preventing the start of rust and corrosion that are unsightly and damage your car.

Assemble Your Winter Survival Kit

You could be the best driver on the highway, but trouble can strike anyone. Keep a well-stocked winter survival kit in your car, complete with food and water, warm supplies and emergency first aid. It’s great to have with you, and can be useful for yourself or if you come across another motorist who needs assistance.


About Luxe

Luxe is an on-demand valet parking and car services app that sends valets to park for you and more. All from your smartphone. Request your drop off and pick up wherever you are — it’s secure, affordable, and convenient.

Don’t have the app? Download it here and get your first two parks free!

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