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Tips on Cleaning Your Car—Inside and Out

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One of life’s mysteries is how your car can always be so dirty. Whether you drive daily or just a couple of times per month, dust and dirt accumulates inside and out. You could spend half your life on car detailing, but where’s the fun in that?

Instead, plan to give your vehicle a car wash every week or two. When the weather is less than pleasant, it may need to be more often. And, because there are few things worse than a badly cleaned car, here are some tips on how to clean your car like the professionals.

Hand Wash or Automatic Car Wash?

Sometimes when you’re in a hurry, an automatic car wash will suffice. But when you’re serious about cleaning your car, a hand wash is the best option.

Use a high-quality car wash soap to clean the exterior of your car. Mix it according to the instructions on the container and use a microfiber mitt or cloth to clean the paint gently. When you’re washing, start at the top and work your way down, one panel at time. That way, you can prevent the dirt and gravel at the bottom from moving upwards and scratching your paint.

Wipe Down the Interior

Interior car cleaning is often done with shiny sprays that leave oily residues. These sprays can actually damage the vinyl and plastics, drying them out and causing premature cracking. Plus, they collect dust that makes your car look dirty inside much quicker.

The best tools for the job are clean, hot water and a microfiber cloth. Wipe down the interior with a clean cloth and hot water, wrung out well. Wipe dusty and lightly soiled surfaces first and the heavily soiled areas last. Regularly rinse out your cloth to prevent smudges and streaks on the plastic.

Clean the Windows

Your interior and exterior may be clean, but visibility is even more important. Clean your windows inside and out using a premium window cleaner spray. Spray the window cleaner directly onto the glass after your car has gone through the car wash, then wipe it clean with paper towels or a microfiber cloth.

On the inside, spray the window cleaner onto a cloth, then wipe the inside of the glass with the dampened cloth. This prevents unsightly spots and drips on your dash. You might need to clean the glass more than once for perfect results.

Degrease the Engine

A professional detailer will always make the engine bay look brand new. Use a degreaser spray on the engine, avoiding electrical parts such as the alternator and junction block. Let it soak for a few minutes before spraying it off with a pressure washer. Hot water works best. Again, avoid direct spray on electrical components.

Clean the Carpets and Mats

Plan to vacuum your interior, including the seat, floors and floor mats at least once a month. Every six months, clean the carpets to keep them looking and smelling fresh. Rent a carpet cleaner with an upholstery attachment to deep clean it all and remove any stains. Not only will your car interior look better, but clean carpets don’t wear as quickly. Lastly, spray some air freshener to eliminate any odors. The smell of a new car never gets old (mmmmmm).

Let Luxe Take Care of Your Car

Fortunately, when you park with Luxe, you can request a car wash, gas fuel up, or oil change with just a tap. We also offer a monthly Car Care Subscription, which is included free when you sign up for a Monthly Subscription. Learn more about our monthly offerings today!

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!


5 Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

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Buying a car is an exciting time, mixed with a little anxiety. It’s a big purchase, second only to buying a home for most Americans. However, owning a car is more expensive than the initial purchase price, and it’s unlikely you’ve considered every aspect that’s going to demand your money.

Sure, you’ve thought about fuel efficiency, maintenance costs and even repairs. Still, have you considered the cost of your car insurance? It may not be as cheap as you think. Don’t worry though. We’ve got your back.

Here are five ways you can save on your car insurance.

Comparison Shopping

Your current carrier may seem like the best choice for your car insurance, especially if you have other insurance plans with them. Nevertheless, unless you are getting a discount for multiple policies, the only benefit is convenience.

It pays to shop around for your car insurance. Popular car insurance companies typically have similar costs for similar coverages. However, you might just find that one company has a better rate specifically for either you or your vehicle. Spend an hour getting quotes from different companies to find the best rate. Start with this list:

Choose a Higher Deductible

If you consider yourself a low-risk driver or you don’t drive much, it might pay off to look for car insurance with a higher deductible. While an average policy deductible is $500 or less, you can choose a higher deductible. Most companies offer $1,000 deductibles, while Geico allows up to a $2,500 deductible.

Just know what you’re getting into. If you end up in an accident, you’ll pay the higher rate out-of-pocket for car repairs.

Ask for Discounts

If you’re a senior citizen, a student or part of the military, you might qualify for an advertised discount on car insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask for more than just advertised discounts either. There may be applicable rate reductions for multiple policies, AAA members or other clubs and organizations that aren’t common knowledge.

Simply negotiating a lower rate may be possible too. When you get the first quote, ask if it’s possible to get a reduced rate. It may not always be effective, but it can’t hurt to ask.

Check Lesser-Known Insurance Companies

There’s often a benefit to using popular insurance companies, although lesser-known insurers may be a great place to find better rates. You may also find insurance criteria outside of the norm.

For example, Metromile has competitive pricing for an average insurance policy. However, they offer usage-based policies so that you only pay for the mileage you drive. That can keep car-insurance costs considerably lower, especially for people who don’t drive every day or who don’t drive far.

Keep a Clean Driving Record

Perhaps the most important way to keep your car insurance premiums as low as possible is a clean driving record. While accidents can happen to anybody, prudent drivers can expect fewer accidents because of less risky behaviors. Stay within the speed limit, obey traffic laws and keep your attention on the road while you travel.

A simple offense such as a speeding conviction can double your premiums in some cases. A major offense like reckless driving can render you ineligible for coverage from some carriers like Metromile, meaning you’ll end up paying the higher rate elsewhere.

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.


Parking Made Simple at LAX

By | Luxe Los Angeles, Travel | No Comments

The excitement starts long before you get to your destination. Whether you’re traveling to visit a client on business or taking a much-needed break on a sandy beach, the buzz begins the moment you wake up. But before you hop on your flight, you need to get to the airport and find parking. It seems simple, but it can be expensive and time-consuming.

LAX Airport Parking Options

Central Terminal Parking

You can park at the central terminal parking structures, but you might not like the price. It’s $30 per day for every day you are parked, which can really add up for longer trips. If you’re gone for a two-week vacation, it’s going to cost you $420!

Navigating the signs through LAX parking lots can be confusing, so you’ll want to allow an extra few minutes to get to the right spot. Plus, you’ll still have a short walk to get into the terminal from central terminal parking.

Economy Parking Lot C

A more cost-effective option is Economy Parking Lot C. At $12 per day, you can park at LAX without maxing out your credit card. If you don’t want to haul your luggage on foot, you can wait for the shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes or so. During busy travel times, this lot can fill up quickly, so get there early.

Unfortunately, Economy Lot C is not a covered parking lot. When you come back from your trip, you will probably need to get your car washed.

Terminal Drop-Off

Sure, you could get someone to drop you off at the terminal and avoid parking altogether. It can be hard to find a friend reliable enough to get you to LAX for an early morning or nighttime departure. And what if your return flight is delayed? Will they wait for you?

Getting Your Bags to the Terminal

When you arrive at the airport, so does your luggage. You need to lug your bags with you from whatever parking spot you find, near or far.

If you have kids with you, the process gets even crazier. Wrangling children and baggage at the same time can fray the nerves of the most collected parent. Many LAX parking lots have shuttle services to bring you to your terminal; however, you could be left waiting or the shuttle could be full.

Luxe Valet Parking at LAX

Airport parking has never been easier. Luxe offers the best solution for getting to and from the airport with reliable and secure valet parking services. Here’s how it works:

  • Reserve your reservation and let us know when to meet you.
  • Download the free app and request your valet before you start your engine. We’ll meet you at your terminal when you arrive!
  • We’ll park your car. Our valet will take your car to a secure parking facility. If you want your car washed, your oil changed or your fuel tank filled while you’re away, we can do that too!
  • We return your car to you. When your flight comes in, we’ll be there. We’ll bring your car right to your terminal so you can be on your way.

Luxe valet parking is cheaper and more convenient than LAX terminal parking. At just $25 per day for the first four days and $15 per day for each additional day, you can avoid all the hassle of parking at the airport.

Keeping Your Kids Safe — It’s Child Passenger Safety Week!

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It’s September, which means back to school, regular routines, and kick-off for extracurricular events. As a parent, that also starts a season with many hours behind the wheel of your car, transporting your little Mini-Me passengers.

It’s fitting that September 18th to 24th is Child Passenger Safety Week. What better time is there to review safety tips for keeping your children safe in the car?

Know the Proper Seating

Do you know where your children should sit in the car? If they are 12 or under, the answer is NOT in the front seat. Your little ones should always be in the back seat of your car whether you’re driving a short distance or to an out-of-state tournament. It’s the safest place to be.

Use the Appropriate Child Car Safety Seat

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children under the age of two should use a rear-facing car seat (it’s even better to use this type of seat until they outgrow it). They should then use a front-facing child seat until the age of eight to twelve, or until they’ve grown to four feet, nine inches tall. Many child seats on the market today are three-in-one or four-in-one designs to accommodate your child’s growth. They can be adjusted through children’s stages of growth, from rear-facing seats in infants to booster seats later on. Once they’ve outgrown a booster seat, they should be buckled into the back seat.

Always Wear a Seat Belt

Aside from New Hampshire, every state has laws requiring all passengers to wear seat belts. Even in New Hampshire, children must be properly buckled in at all times. However, wearing a seat belt isn’t just the law — it keeps you and your passengers safe in an accident.
When your child is in their car seat, the harness should be buckled up completely and securely. Make sure it’s adjusted properly according to the car seat’s instructions so your child is best protected in the case of an accident.

When your child has graduated to using the car’s seat belt, whether in a booster seat or on its own, it needs to be adjusted correctly. The shoulder belt should ride across the shoulder and chest and should not rub on their neck or face. The lap belt should be positioned over the hips and lap, not across the stomach. Adjust the seat belt height adjustment to properly fit your child, and continue to use a booster seat if the lap belt doesn’t fit properly. It’s the safest way to wear a seat belt to prevent injury in an accident.

Get In and Out of the Car Safely

When your kids are getting in and out of the car, accidents can happen quickly. It takes no time at all for children to dart in an unexpected direction, and in the busy city, hazards are everywhere. The following tips are helpful for keeping your children safe as they enter or exit the car.

Use Child Safety Locks

They’re in your car for a reason, though don’t get used by many people. Child safety locks on the back doors prevent the door from opening from the inside. When child safety locks are used, little feet aren’t darting into traffic before you get a chance to take them by the hand.

Luxe Valet Parking

Another great solution for busy city parents is Luxe. Use our mobile app to request a valet to meet you at your destination and park your car for you. You can pull up right to the door and unload your kids safely. There’s less chance of Junior darting into traffic compared to a long walk from a distant parking spot. We’ll park your car securely, then bring it back to you, wherever you are!

Parking and the City

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One parking ticket here, circling the block for ten minutes there – when New Yorkers think about it, finding parking in the city really adds up!

That’s why we offer a great value on convenient, on-demand parking with rates starting at only $399/month, plus special promotions for new customers! Learn more today.



Your Parking Guide for the Seahawks Game

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You have your Russell Wilson jersey on and your face painted blue, silver and bright green. You’re charged up because it’s NFL game day in Seattle. Better yet, you have tickets to the hottest attraction in Washington during the fall.

Getting to the game at CenturyLink field is easy, but parking is not. Thousands of cars converge, looking for an elusive place to park. But with Luxe, you have convenient parking options for every Seahawks home game this season!

Get There Early

Good Food and Drink

Avoid the insane traffic and crowds, all searching for parking near the stadium. Head down to Pioneer Square a couple hours before kickoff and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the local cafes and pubs. Coffee at Zeitgeist or Caffe Umbria are excellent options, as is Planet Java Diner. Whether a good burger is on your mind or a fine cup of Joe, you’ll find it nearby. You’ll be joined by many other of Seattle’s amazing football fans, guaranteed.

Relaxing Environment

Inquisitive minds can check out the what the gold rush was like at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located on 2nd Avenue South at South Jackson Street. Or, enjoy the tranquility of Occidental Square before the rush of the big game.

Get Secure Parking

You can park on site at CenturyLink Field in one of the few garages. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $100, just for a few hours of parking. Parking before and after the game can be tedious and frustrating. The heavy vehicle traffic can delay you for more than an hour. Parking at the stadium can be easy, though. With a simple tap, you can arrange valet parking before the Seahawks game. There’s no need to find a parking spot, and your car will be kept secure while you’re at the game. When you’re ready to head home, Luxe will deliver your car back to you wherever you are, within our coverage zone.

Not only is Luxe simple and secure, but it’s affordable. Guaranteed parking for every Seattle Seahawks game is just $20! Park anywhere near CenturyLink Field and arrange for a valet with our easy-to-use app!

Give Luxe a try today! Download the free app and you’ll get your first two parks FREE!

Hang Around After the Game

After the game, hang around the area awhile as traffic congestion clears up. Whether you’re celebrating a Seahawks victory or mourning a loss, there are options nearby. Peruse the art galleries between Occidental Avenue and 1st Avenue South or grab a coffee at Starbucks. Or drown your sorrows at The Lodge Sports Grille, Altstadt, or Quality Athletics with the other Seahawks faithfuls.

Get Home From the Game Safely

Enjoy game day to its fullest. If you’ve had one too many to drink (or more), don’t get behind the wheel. Instead, request a Drive Home with Luxe. We’ll pick you up from the game and take you home in your own car, with rates starting at just $15. That’s cheaper than a taxi! As a bonus, you won’t have to retrieve your car from the stadium the next day.

Luxe is your convenient solution for parking at CenturyLink Field for every Seahawks home game. With affordable and secure valet parking, it’s easier than ever to take in an NFL football game. Check out our Monthly Subscriptions for even more value.

Best Times to Buy a Car

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Buying a new car can be a daunting task. It requires thorough research, budgeting, a pre-approved loan (if necessary), and careful prioritization.

Don’t fret—the car-buying process doesn’t need to be a painful or expensive one. If you want the best deal when you buy a car, timing is everything. We’ve laid out some tips and tricks you can use to walk away with the car you want at a price that won’t break the bank.

Shop at the End of the Year

During late fall and early winter, salespeople and finance managers are looking to meet or exceed quotas, and manufacturers ranging from Nissan to Ford are offering incentives to clear older inventory. This is why November and December often feature lower prices.

The one downside, however, to shopping for cars towards the end of the year is that selections for new cars may be limited. So long as you’re not seeking out a specific model, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Go to the Dealership Right Before Closing

While many salespeople are pushing to get their numbers up at the end of the year, many also have weekly—and even daily —goals to meet. Furthermore, if you come in well-rested and ready to negotiate, you will have an advantage over the salesperson who’s been working all day, especially if you demonstrate you are serious about purchasing a car. The dealer may be more willing to offer discounts in order to get the last deal in before going home.

If you use this method, note the salesperson’s attitude as you enter. While many are more than happy to assist you—and give you a nice price because they want another sale before heading home. Some may be too tired to haggle, have social plans, or simply have already made enough sales in the day (and thus aren’t willing to cut into that sticker price).

Wait for the End of the Month or Quarter

Sales quotas also apply to the end of months and quarters. Remember: car sales representatives work on commission, and many bonuses are given after quotas are satisfied or exceeded. This is why deals are more likely to be given to customers in the days before a big monthly or quarterly sales report.

Realize, however, that each sale must be approved by the dealership’s manager. While most sales are approved, some can be too good to be true. Before you get excited about the deal-of-a-lifetime you just snagged, be sure to relax and wait for approval from the higher-ups first.

Buy Cars When Next Year’s Models Are Released

You’ve heard the saying, “In with the new, out with the old.” Next year’s models typically arrive in late summer to early fall, making dealers eager to sell the remaining cars leftover from the previous year since they are still paying for their inventory. If you’re not trying to get the best and the latest, seek out these older models. Chances are their prices will go down as the new cars come in.

Manufacturers differ in when they release new models. Some come out as early as May. Pay attention to this, and go make a purchase on the older model when the new units hit the lot.

Other Tips

Understand there is no perfect method to getting a great deal on a new car. The key in getting cheap cars is to be flexible and strategic. Research the prices others are getting for your vehicle before even going to the dealership. Also, go to at least three dealerships, so you can compare quotes. If you need financing, compare the terms you get at several financial institutions as well as from the dealership. Finally, keep an eye out for rebates and other incentives for purchasing a vehicle; manufacturers often offer these to buyers.

Parking with Luxe

We know how difficult it can be to find parking around the city. When you’re busy, there isn’t time to circle the block, feed parking meters, or decipher confusing parking signs—we get it.

That’s where we come in! We make it simple to get around the city and maintain your car so you can spend more time on the things that matter most. Whether you’re commuting to work, rushing to make your dinner reservation, or out for a night on the town, know that parking won’t be a problem. Download the Luxe app today and get your first two parks FREE!


Buy or Lease a Car—Which Is Right for You?

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Leasing a car is a viable option for those who need one, but would you prefer that to buying a car outright? However, not all lease deals are created equal. Some of the topics discussed below include how to lease a car, long and short-term leases, and what “wear and tear” is acceptable on a leased car.

Short-Term Car Lease vs. Long-Term Car Lease: Which of These Lease Deals Is Better For You?

There are a variety of advantages and disadvantages to having either a short-term and a long-term lease. Before you decide which option is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you need a car for more than six months, but less than 24 months? If so, a short-term lease option is best for you.
  • Are you concerned with having a lower monthly payment? If so, a long-term lease will be a better option than a short-term lease.
  • Other things to take into consideration, when choosing a lease option, is the following:
    • Gap insurance: this is insurance needed to bridge the difference between what your car is actually worth and what the fair market value is. This is essential because, in the event of an accident, your insurance company may not be able to cover the full amount of what you owe the leasing company.
    • Warranties: will they be jeopardized on your car if you get non-dealership services, or “after market” parts?
    • Subleasing: be advised that, unless you get permission from the leaseholder, you cannot sublease your car. Therefore, consider how long you really need the car for before leasing it.

Wear and Tear: What Qualifies, and What Doesn’t?

When you’re getting ready to turn in your car, certain things do, and do not, qualify as normal wear and tear. Please be sure to keep this in mind as it can result in incurring additional fees when you turn in your leased car. Before the dealer whips out his car lease calculator, make sure you keep the following in mind:

  • Mileage: keep your prescribed mileage in check—you will be hit with severe overage fees if you go over the prescribed mileage.
  • Detailing: if your tires are bald, your bumpers have “dings”, or your interior is too filthy, it pays to get your car detailed. If you allow the dealership to do it for you, you’ll have to pay the price.
  • Any missing parts—such as spare tires—must be replaced before you return the car, or you will be charged for the replacements.

Should You Buy Your Car Instead?

Sometimes, leasing a car isn’t the best option, even if you get one of the best cars to lease. The following is a list of reasons why you should buy a car instead of leasing it:

  • Do you plan on keeping the car after the lease term is up? If you’re the type to have a “long-term relationship” with your cars, then buying a car is cheaper—and better—for you in the long run.
  • How hard are you on your car? If you tend to be rough with your cars—whether deliberately or not–then buying a car is a smarter option in the long run—leasing a car that you’re hard on will result in substantial fees.
  • Do you need to drive a car for business? For taxation purposes, you cannot deduct the use of a leased car from your taxes. However, a purchased car can indeed be deducted from your taxes.


Regardless of whether you choose to lease or buy a car, Luxe will be able to provide you with a variety of on-demand parking and car services to suit your needs. Download the app today to learn more and get started!

Cruise Into Your Vacation From NYC: Easy Planning and on Board Travel Tips

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You’ve finally managed to get some time away from the office to book a much-needed cruise leaving from the Manhattan cruise terminal, and you have a lot of things to do before you leave. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of essentials you need to handle before you leave on your New York cruise.

Be Flexible With Your Dates, and Book Early

This is, admittedly, a little easier when you can take a vacation at your leisure and not when you have preset vacation days. However, if you can afford to be flexible with your vacation dates, try to leave on days when it would be cheaper to do so and book your tickets as soon as you possibly can. Many travel experts suggest that you book on Tuesdays, in the early afternoon, to get the best rates from the airline. If you wait until the last minute to book your tickets, they will be exorbitantly expensive.

Don’t Wait Until You Get On The Ship to Book Shore Excursions

If you’re looking to save some money — and make no mistake about it, cruises can be extremely expensive — plan for your shore excursions before you leave. If you wait until you’re sailing to book a shore excursion, it can cost a lot.

If You Have Dietary Restrictions, Alert the Cruise Ship Ahead of Time

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Do you require a gluten-free diet? Do you not eat pork due to religious reasons? These are all dietary restrictions that the cruise ship must take into account before it leaves the port; it can’t, and won’t, do so on the day you leave. You should communicate any dietary restrictions you have with the ship at least a few weeks before your trip starts.

Bring Enough to Sustain Yourself, But Don’t Overpack

It’s a good idea to bring all toiletries such as soaps and shampoos from home because it’s much less expensive than buying what you need on the cruise ship. However, be mindful not to over pack. If it can’t all fit into a carry-on suitcase, then it’s probably not worth taking. And don’t worry about running out of clothes; many cruise ships have laundry services on board.

Arrive in New York the Day Before Departure

You have a long day of traveling ahead of you on the first day of your NYC cruise. If you need to arrive in NYC from somewhere else, especially if you’re traveling from outside the state, make sure you get to NY the day before your boat is scheduled to leave. Your body, free of jet lag, will be grateful.

Use Luxe to Keep Your Car Safely and Securely Parked

Parking your car in NYC can be a huge expense, and there’s no guarantee your car will be kept safe. With Luxe, you can take comfort in knowing that your car will be safely and securely parked while you’re away on vacation. In addition to curbside service — where we’ll pick up your car right near the Manhattan Cruise Terminal for you — we also offer competitive parking rates and a convenient app that lets you pay for your parking securely. Learn more about our cruise parking packages today!

Introducing Parking for Your Cruise

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Hop on board the S.S. Luxe Manhattan, because we’re introducing a new way for you to worry less about your car and enjoy more of what you have planned ahead. We’re launching Parking For Your Cruise, a prepaid package that has Luxe store your vehicle in one of our secure garages while you’re away out at sea. On the day of your trip, a valet will meet you at the cruise terminal to pick up your car. When you return, a valet will bring your car back to the same cruise terminal.

Packages start at only $140 for a 5-day trip. To learn more about this new offering and how to purchase a Parking For Your Cruise package, click here.

Bon voyage, and sea you there!
Team Luxe