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Best parking apps 2017

These free smartphone apps take the stress out of hunting for a parking spot – find out which one works best and download it now

Words ByDoug Revolta

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Name RingGo

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Rated 4 out of 5

RingGo is Britain’s largest mobile phone parking firm. Its logo can be seen plastered on many pay-and-display machines around the country and, while the automated phone numbers are furiously frustrating to use, the app is refreshingly simple. The home screen has a handy layout of available parking spots either near you or near a destination you enter, and there’s also a map view that includes navigation to a parking spot you pick, although it only defaults to Apple Maps instead of offering a choice of your navigation apps. You can pick how long you want to park for, and payment is very easy.


Name Parkopedia

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Rated 4 out of 5

While AppyParking is great but only works in certain areas, Parkopedia operate in more than 8000 cities and towns globally. It works in a similar way to AppyParking, displaying parking options clearly with all the revelant information shown in a helpful list. It doesn’t quite offer the comprehensive coverage that AppyParking does, but it works in more areas. You can pay to park through the app at some locations, however that function is missing for many residential areas.


Name PayByPhone

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Rated 2 out of 5

Really this app is only any use for paying for parking, rather than searching for spaces. You have to know the exact code of the area you are parking in, as the search function doesn't let you enter a generic destination. If you have found a space, have the code and are ready to park, then it's quick and easy to use, but it doesn't have any features that make it worth recommending over the other apps on the list.


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