Take control with an automated car park barrier
If your car park is currently being used by your customers, you might worry that taking control of your car park will mean that they will have to pay to park there. This is not the case: you decide who parks there and whether or not they have to pay. If people who are not customer are currently taking advantage of your car park without paying, you will be able to charge them a fee with an automated car park barrier. If this deters them from parking there, then you have freed up more spaces for your customers and other visitors. You also have the option of allowing free parking or refunding the parking charges for your customers – it’s up to you.
What is the potential for generating income?
The amount of income your car park can generate depends on two factors:
Parking spaces in a busy city centre can each easily generate an income of over €2,000 per annum, while in smaller towns, typical town centre car parking spaces are worth about €1,500 a year. As you go further out, car parking spaces are usually less valuable. However, this is not always the case: if you own the only parking spaces in a specific area, then installing a car park system in Ireland provides a very attractive return on investment once more. For example, a car park in a medium-sized town with just 50 spaces has the potential to generate €75,000 per annum.
How do you stop other people using your car park?
You don’t want to irritate your customers by charging them to park, but other drivers are ignoring the signs saying “Customer Parking Only” and are taking up spaces. This means your customer might have to park elsewhere. And if they can’t park easily, they might decide to shop somewhere else.
Car park a without automated car park barrier can attract people who are looking for free parking which leads to disgruntled drivers. They might be employees of local businesses, shoppers or even drivers using your spaces for long-stay parking. If you confront the people using your car park without permission, they may claim to be legitimate clients. Should you try imposing a rule that they must show a receipt from the shop to exit, they will try to get around it by buying a small item such as a newspaper or packet of sweets. This is a frustrating situation for any business or organisation, costing you not only your regular clientele but also cash revenue.
Your car park is more valuable than you might realise
If you do decide to charge parking fees a car park can be turned into a significant financial asset, with a space in a prime location generating revenue of up to €2,000 a year. At Advanced Access, we have a wealth of experience in car park systems in Ireland and can offer you a solution tailored to your exact requirements. We’ve outlined some examples of the type of car parking problems we can help you with:
1. A car park at a hotel with a restaurant that is busy at night but has plenty of spaces during the day. We can set the tariff to accommodate this pattern. We can also install a capacity counter that allows spaces to be reserved at various times of the day. Visitors can also pay a fee for a weekly, monthly or annual pass.
2. You have a small car park that you want only your clients to be able to use. In this scenario, we recommend an intercom connected to your reception. They can then operate a automated car park barrier remotely. You can still offer paid for parking spaces to other users if you wish.
3. A supermarket near the town center has a large car park but many of the spaces are used for free all-day parking by people working in nearby businesses. Controlling access with a automated car park barrier and having timed tickets allows you to set a tariff so that people can park for free for a set period – for example, two hours – after which time they must pay an hourly fee.
Helping you to make money by installing a car park system
To find out how much revenue your car park could generate, have a look at our ROI calculator. At Advance Access, we can implement a range of innovative options to help you make money from your car park. This generally involves installing two barriers, one at the entrance and another at the exit. They can be side by side or at opposite ends of a car park. We also offer automated ticket machines, intercom control, license plate recognition, car parking space reservation and parking payment systems suitable for commercial and public car parks.
To find out how we can help you, please contact us by telephone: +353 1 4637111 or complete our online enquiry form and our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible.