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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.

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!
Team Luxe

 

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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What to Keep in Your Car’s Winter Survival Kit

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As temperatures dip below freezing overnight, you have to consider how you’re going to make it through this winter. And no, I’m not talking about Netflix and chill. I’m talking about your car’s winter survival kit.

When you’re driving in wintry conditions, it doesn’t take much to get into trouble. In a snowstorm, you could get stuck on the road with no help around for hours or days. You’ll be on your own to get through it, and you need to be ready.

Keep a well-stocked survival kit in your car. Need some ideas of what it should contain? We’ve got that covered for you.

Your Car’s Winter Survival Kit Checklist

  • Water: You need water to survive more than anything. Keep a few bottles of water in your vehicle to sip on until help arrives. Ideally, you should have two to three days worth of water and food.
  • Food: It’s not about glamorous dining — just survival. Keep high-calorie foods in your kit such as energy bars and fruit snacks. Clif Bar energy bars are perfect. Also, if you can heat water, Mountain House Spaghetti is a little heartier, not to mention delicious!
  • Heat: Keep candles in your vehicle for light as well as heat. Don’t forget to crack a window open when they are lit, or you’ll run out of oxygen to breathe.
  • Stormproof matches: You’ve got to light your candles, right? These work well.
  • Blanket: This compact sleeping bag will keep you warm. It also doubles as a hi-vis signal or flag.
  • First aid kit: Treat minor injuries with a small first aid kit. Add a pocketknife if there isn’t one included.
  • Tow chain or rope: You can get out of many tight spots quickly with a tow chain or rope and a helping hand.
  • Flashlight: Keep a long-lasting flashlight in your survival kit, along with extra batteries.
  • Jumper cables: You want jumper cables that are at least 12 feet long, but 16 feet is even better.
  • Cell phone charger: Your cell phone can be your lifeline in an emergency. Keep it charged with a charging cable and a car adapter in your kit.
  • Emergency signals: Safety flares, reflector strips, mirrors and even your flashlight are good emergency signal tools.
  • Shovel: A compact shovel is crucial in heavy snow. De-icer spray and a windshield scraper help with visibility once you get moving again.
  • Toolkit: If a simple repair has you stranded, basic tools might be all you need. Keep some standard tools in your kit.
  • Battery-powered radio: Stay abreast of incoming weather with a battery-powered or manual crank radio.

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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Tire Care Tips for Snow and Rain

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The mercury’s dropping and there’s a chill in the air. Autumn’s in full swing and winter is hiding just around the corner. With inclement weather comes treacherous road conditions, from both rain and snow. And with difficult driving in the forecast, are your tires up to the task?

The most important safety feature your car has is its tires. They are the only pieces of your car that touch the road. With such a small piece of the tire contacting the ground, you’d better be sure your tires can maintain traction.

Are My Tires All Right?

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Check to see the depth of the tread left remaining on your studded snow tire.

  • You don’t need a professional to tell you if you have enough tire tread. All you need is a little pocket change.
  • Place a penny in the tire grooves with Lincoln’s upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you have less than 2/32″ remaining tread.
  • Slide a quarter between the tire grooves with Washington’s head upside down. If the top of Washington’s head is covered, you have at least 4/32″ tread left.
  • Use a penny again. On the “tails” side, put the coin in the tire grooves upside down. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is covered, you have a minimum of 6/32″ tread remaining.
  • With 6/32″ left, your tires have enough tread to get you through the winter. With 4/32″, you should start to consider tire options. If you’re at or below 2/32″, your tires need to be replaced right away.

Warning Signs

If you notice that your tires have unusual wear or bald patches, take note. These can be signs of other problems that can make winter driving hazardous as well as wear out your tires prematurely.

  • If the shoulder of the tire is badly worn while the rest of the tire is all right, there’s a good chance you need a suspension or steering repair. You may have a bent or loose part that needs to be replaced, or you may simply need a wheel alignment.
  • If the center of your tread is wearing more than the outer edges, your tires are overinflated. Not only does it shorten the lifespan of your tires, but it makes for worse traction, especially in the rain and snow.
  • If the front and rear tires are wearing at different rates, they need to be rotated. They’ll last longer and you’ll get better overall traction.

Are Winter Tires Better?

If the temperature consistently stays below 45 degrees Fahrenheit where you’re driving, the best solution is a set of winter tires. At or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, all-season tires get hard, almost like hockey pucks. The result is longer stopping distances and less traction on acceleration. Winter tires stay more pliable due to silica content in the rubber, thus gripping the road surface better, even in ice and snow.

With winter tires, you get what you pay for. Economy-priced winter tires are usually geared toward either ice or snow, but may not do so well in both. High-priced winter tires may look the same, but they’re typically well-rounded to perform in icy and snowy conditions.

One thing is consistent across the board: in winter driving conditions, winter tires are a much better choice than all-season tires.

Adjust Your Tire Pressure

Whether you have winter tires, summer tires, or all-season tires on your vehicle, proper tire inflation will keep your vehicle’s handling and traction at its best. Check your tire pressure at least monthly and adjust it to the proper pressure for your vehicle.

Don’t know where to find your vehicle’s correct tire inflation specifications? It’s easy! You can find the tire information card on the driver’s door jamb when you open the door on most vehicles. On some — especially older vehicles — it’s in the glove box or behind the fuel door. If all else fails, your proper tire inflation is listed in your owner’s manual.

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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