Cars arrive dusty and road-weary to The Clean Machine in North Bellmore. Automobile experts descend on the gritty vehicles, using a brushless spray to whisk away unsightly bug splatter and other debris so cars can leave gleaming.
Imperial Travels and Limousine Services is much closer to a mom-and-pop business than your typical chauffeur service—at least in origin. It was founded by a father and son, the former a part of the transportation industry for more than three decades. And in terms of service, the limo company runs like a well-oiled machine. Its chauffeurs shuttle passengers to and from airports, weddings, or kindergarten proms in limos, sedans, SUVs, and vans.
Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren may each own a lot of cars, but their fleets are nothing compared to the number of vehicles Impark Parking must protect in a single day. The company operates more than 2,000 parking facilities in 34 cities throughout North America, from Atlanta to Baltimore to Winnipeg. That accounts for nearly half a million parking spots in total, a far cry from the single lot that Impark—then known as Imperial Parking—started out with. Today, more than 50 years later, it operates as a fully integrated company with expertise in garage management, carbon neutral practices, and recycling.
Across North America, Impark operates more than 2,000 parking facilities encompassing 450,000 spaces?enough to accommodate the entire population of Equatorial Guinea, if it agreed to carpool. The company welcomes drivers in 34 cities, including New York City, Toronto, and Seattle.
SmartPark JFK is more like a hotel for cars than a parking lot. Like a hotel, the lot guarantees you a spot if you reserve in advance. And, in addition to keeping vehicles safe, the staff warms and cools them depending on the weather, ensuring that they're ready when owners pick them up.
Vehicle owners are treated to a similar degree of care. Once they've dropped their car off with a valet?and helped themselves to some complimentary tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?a driver helps them stow their luggage aboard an airport shuttle. The shuttle then takes a quick, approximately 7-minute trip to the appropriate airport terminal. Once clients
return from their travels, they simply catch the same shuttle back to the lot, where they can run in slow motion to happily reunite with their car.
In close proximity to both the Newark and JFK terminals, Park Plus Airport Parking eases air travel with free 24-hour shuttle service. The Newark station also boasts specialty services such as DropUp—chauffeured rides to and from the terminal in the comforts of your own vehicle—as well as car-wash and wax services, which help to keep cars free of dust, dirt, and, for a few fleeting moments, utter loneliness.