An app to Fetch your car (and solve your park­ing prob­lems)

The Philippine Star - - MOTORING - By MANNY N. DE LOS REYES

FI­NALLY, an app to Fetch your car (and solve your park­ing prob­lems)

Too many times I have at­tended me­dia events at Boni­fa­cio Global City— where more and more events are be­ing held in lieu of the Makati BGC and other com­mer­cial ar­eas—only to find my­self stumped look­ing for a park­ing space. I’d ei­ther end up late to my event be­cause I had to fall in line with other cars wait­ing for a slot to be va­cated or I had to walk far to my in­tended venue be­cause the only place I could find park­ing was too far away.

But this is prob­a­bly a smaller prob­lem than those who ac­tu­ally work in BGC or who have to go there on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis. Those who drive them­selves to work, the mall, or to a din­ner reser­va­tion, will know that long park­ing queues and full park­ing lots are strug­gles that have be­come all too com­mon. Th­ese cre­ate a myr­iad of prob­lems from tar­di­ness and low pro­duc­tiv­ity, to ex­or­bi­tant park­ing fees and enor­mous amounts of wasted time.

“This is why we are launch­ing the Fetch Valet Park­ing app, which will pro­vide users with a valet on de­mand, so they never have to stress about park­ing again,” says Martin Luchangco, Founder and CEO of Fetch Valet, an on-de­mand valet park­ing ser­vice that is the first of its kind in Manila.

With a few taps on the Fetch Valet Park­ing app, you can re­quest for a valet to meet you at your des­ti­na­tion as you ar­rive. The valet will park your car in a se­cure lot nearby, and the app sends you a photo con­fir­ma­tion of your car at its ex­act park­ing lo­ca­tion. When you are about to leave, the app lets you re­quest for your car to be re­turned, and a valet will have it wait­ing for you when you get out.

The all-in park­ing fee of Fetch Valet, at just P45 for the pick-up plus P15 per hour, has at­tracted many users to avail of the ser­vice ev­ery day, or ev­ery time they drive into the area.

Kelly Mendoza, a BGC-based em­ployee, re­counted, “I used to come to work early ev­ery day in or­der to se­cure a park­ing slot, then I would set an alarm for my­self to move my car be­fore the fourth hour. I’d have to do that two to three times ev­ery­day.” Like Kelly, there are thou­sands of other em­ploy­ees who drive to work and have to park in pay park­ing slots for at least nine hours at a time. “Now that I use Fetch, I don’t have to come in early [to find a park­ing slot], I don’t have to worry about mov­ing my car. It’s re­ally a huge re­lief.”

Aside from of­fice work­ers based in BGC, peo­ple who come in for meet­ings, lunches and din­ner in the area also have a sim­i­lar prob­lem. Ar­tie Lopez, a start- up busi­ness coach, re­called his worst park­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, “I was 30 min­utes early to at­tend a meet­ing in BGC. There was a line at the park­ing so I just waited. But af­ter a while I started pan­ick­ing be­cause the line wasn’t mov­ing. I ended up be­ing very late to the meet­ing. It was very em­bar­rass­ing!”

“Our time is so valu­able,” says Luchangco, “We should spend it on things that are more pro­duc­tive than wait­ing for park­ing. With Fetch Valet, I like to think that we are not just pro­vid­ing our users with a con­ve­nience, we are giv­ing them back their wasted time, so that they can spend it on things that re­ally mat­ter.”

Fetch Valet also un­der­stands the im­por­tance of se­cu­rity in their line of ser­vice. Luchangco says, “We are se­ri­ous about the safety of the cars that are en­trusted to us, and we have in­sti­tuted sev­eral lay­ers of se­cu­rity to en­sure that users’ cars are al­ways pro­tected.”

Among oth­ers, Fetch’s pro­to­cols in­clude strin­gent selec­tion, vet­ting and train­ing of valets, track­ing of valets through GPS-en­abled de­vices, and hav­ing in­surance cov­er­age to en­sure the com­pany will cover the costs in case any dam­age is caused by its valets.

The Fetch Valet Park­ing app can be down­loaded from the App Store on iOS de­vices. The An­droid ver­sion of the app is set to launch in the com­ing months. Al­ter­na­tively, cus­tomers can avail of the ser­vice by messaging Fetch Valet on Face­book Mes­sen­ger or us­ing the link: m.me/FetchValet . The ser­vice is cur­rently avail­able in Boni­fa­cio Global City (BGC), with plans to ex­pand to other Central Busi­ness Dis­tricts within the year.

Fetch founder snd CEO Martin Lin­changco

A typ­i­cal line for park­ing in BGC

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