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Old 18-02-2018, 09:58 PM   #1
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3 weeks in Heathrow Long Stay

So, in May my family and I will be going to visit some friends in a far away land. As a result I'm going to have to leave my car in the long stay car park at Heathrow for 3 whole weeks!

Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on how best to prepare the car for this extended stay? It'll be uncovered obviously and subject to air pollution, maybe hot sun etc. It goes without saying that I'll clean it before driving up there and will make sure it has a fresh coat of wax.

I suppose beyond that there isn't much more I can do?
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Old 18-02-2018, 10:42 PM   #2
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When I need to dump a car long-term at Heathrow, I use these people, and seldom (unless someone else is paying) the official car parks:

https://www.holidayextras.co.uk/heat...t-parking.html

I have gone to the page where you can pay a bit more for covered parking. It will work out cheaper than the official car parks.

You can also pay a bit extra and drop the car off and have the car delivered to the airport making life a bit easier, too. Believe me, it's great just to be able to walk over to the short stay car park, pick up the car and go!

Never had a problem with the service from holidayextras BTW - you know, cars with mileage racked up, cowpats on the bonnet etc.

I also use the Hotel and Park facility when flying out of Gatwick.

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Old 18-02-2018, 11:11 PM   #3
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I would advise against using any parking where you don’t get to park up and keep the keys. Also avoid the ‘meet and greet’ services.
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Old 19-02-2018, 06:08 AM   #4
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For 3 weeks, is it not cheaper to book an airport taxi?
Take you there and bring you back.
After a long haul flight, you absolute knackered.
Some minibus companies and easybus do good deals.
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Old 19-02-2018, 07:15 AM   #5
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I would advise against using any parking where you don’t get to park up and keep the keys. Also avoid the ‘meet and greet’ services.
I know there are the occasional horror stories in the papers about some of the firms but my considerable experience of the ones I recommended (at least 5 times a year over the last ten years) would suggest that it is not universal.

I have had trackers in my posher cars and they have shown nothing untoward in the care or driving of my cars while in their custody.

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Old 19-02-2018, 09:02 AM   #6
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get a taxi if it bothers you ...worth it to rest easy

id be more concerned about bad parking and folk dragging suitcases down the side of your car than pollutants

living near an airport i see where the meet n greet firms leave the cars , wouldnt use that for a cherished car either
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If you use the dedicated Heathrow Long Stay, you park up and the busses take you into the terminals very frequently. Very good service

https://secure.heathrow.com/longstay...SAAEgJWZ_D_BwE

A bit more expensive than the private companies that park your car in areas a bit further out,but worth it IMO

They are just like normal out door car parks.

In Terminal 2, the Heathrow Valet Parking that takes your car should take it into one of the on sitr airport car parks that are under cover,but double check with them.

Give your car a wash and wax and it will be fine there.

I would be more worried if I came back to my car and somebody pinged the side of my door.

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Thanks for the replies all. The price for the official Heathrow Long Stay came out at £100 so I expect we will opt for that.

I've had to make my peace with the idea that any old so and so could come along and ding the car with their door or rub a suitcase down the side of the car.

I'll probably put a new coat of sealant and wax on the car just before we go up there and I'm sure it'll be okay with that. I'll just pick a wax that is more about durability than gloss.
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Thanks for the replies all. The price for the official Heathrow Long Stay came out at £100 so I expect we will opt for that.

I've had to make my peace with the idea that any old so and so could come along and ding the car with their door or rub a suitcase down the side of the car.

I'll probably put a new coat of sealant and wax on the car just before we go up there and I'm sure it'll be okay with that. I'll just pick a wax that is more about durability than gloss.
Good choice

FK1000p / Collinite 845 aren't bad choices
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And I know from experience that they keep a heavy duty jump starter in the office...

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