SUV Owners in NYC, SF, Boston Forced to Pay Extra for Parking
Suburbia might be the land of the crossover, but if one is to be king in such a realm, they require a vehicle that is larger and sits taller. As such, despite seldom using its V8 engine or 4x4 capabilities, the full-size SUV rules the road in American neighborhoods– but there is a downside. If you are an SUV owner, you may have to add “paying more for parking” to the list of setbacks, which include “actually finding parking,” and “paying a princely sum to fill the tank.” According to MarketWatch, parking garages are already charging larger vehicles for the privilege of temporarily storing a car there. RELATED: See images of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
According to the report, NYC garages were routinely charging $10 to $15 extra per day. SUV drivers in San Francisco were charged about $10 extra, but some charged as much as $30. In some cases, certain Boston garages were charging as much as a $40 premium to park a big ‘ole SUV.
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When you think about it, the (more modest) surcharges make a lot of sense. A large SUV is bigger than the next car, so parking one in a garage will actually eat into the garage’s ability to fit another car in– thus eating into its ability to get another customer. But William Maloney of travel site feezing.com sees it another way: “It’s another way to nickel and dime customers and make a few extra bucks. Most SUVs fit in pretty much the same parking space.”
Either way, this trend is likely to continue, as garages see their competition get away with raising rates. As much as we love big SUVs, this certainly gives pause to the desire to stroll a Ford Excursion into midtown Manhattan.
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