Search continues for the best and worst car park in Preston

The Fishergate Shopping Centre car park
The Fishergate Shopping Centre car park
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More nominations are needed to find best and worst car parks in Preston.

Michael Morgan director of vehicle paint specialist Revive! Preston launched the award scheme in April following a marked increase in the number of customer cars with car park related damage.

Motorists were asked to nominate their favourite and worst car parks online but so far only two car parks have been suggested.

Michael said: “Fishergate car park has received a vote as the best and Lords Walk bus station car park the worst.

“We don’t think it’s fair to give the award based on just two nominations, so we’re asking again and extending the deadline to the end of August to give people a bit more time to get their votes in.”

To nominate a car park for the best or worst award visit https://revive-uk.com/carparkawards/ or email carparkawards@revive-uk.com with the name of the car park, its address, and the reason why you have nominated it.

AA research shows that over 50 per cent of motorists on the road are driving around with some form of minor bodywork damage to either wheels or paintwork, a lot of which is caused by trying to squeeze into tight parking bays, navigate tight spirals or being damaged by inconsiderate other drivers parking too close.

Damage to doors tops the league of car park damage (50 per cent) followed by bumpers (14 per cent) and wings (13 per cent). Revive! has also noticed a rise in the number of alloy wheels being repaired as a result of scraping posts or kerbs.

Whilst some car parks are purpose built, many have been converted from other buildings or set up on waste land. Older car parks were designed in the days when cars were much smaller, and todays cars struggle to fit within the narrow bays.

Tight angles, low perimeter walls and concrete pillars all make parking difficult for drivers and a significant amount of paintwork damage is caused by other motorists opening doors out onto adjacent vehicles and trying to squeeze through to get out.