Sunday, August 25, 2013

Parking Lot Striping - The New Scam to Gouge Motorists

It's not uncommon for towing companies to offer restriping parking lots in addition to towing related services to parking facility owners/managers.  Most apartment managers willfully accept this money saving benefit, not realizing the towing company shrinked the size of the parking space from a regular space to a compact size space less 6".

The only one who benefits from this striping scam is the towing company, as tow truck operators are towing vehicles for taking up more than one space.  It's virtually impossible to park a full size vehicle in a compact space without being over the line.  Yes, the manager likes the looks of the parking lot, but residents are taken advantage of over and over again.

The majority of apartment complexes built after 2000 are required to have a certain number of parking spaces, regular or compact parking spaces, according to their building plans approved by a city entity.

Several towing companies in Austin offer this restriping services that are generating alot of complaints by residents, who are forced to pay $193 to get their vehicles back for just be over the line 3" trying to park their vehicles. Prior to these parking lots being restriped, complaints of this nature where seldom heard.  J&J, Reliant, Park Right just to name a few do this on purpose.