5 Ways to Keep From Losing Your Car in a Parking Lot

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There’s nothing worse than standing in a parking lot filled with cars and having no clue where your car is parked.  I’ve had that happen a couple of times and it was so awful that I’ve tried very hard never to let it happen again.  So if you hate that feeling, too, here are 5 ways to prevent it:

1.       Park in the same spot every time.  I tend to shop at the same places all the time and I try to always park in the same section.  For example, my Target store has an entrance near the grocery section and an entrance near the dollar section.  I almost always park near the dollar section.  Once in a while I see a great space I can’t pass up in the grocery section and I park there.  And I always regret it because when I leave, I come out the dollar section which is a long ways away.  So now, even if I see a great space in the grocery section, I pass it up!  It’s not worth the panic I feel when I come out of the store and can’t remember where I parked.

2.       Take a photo.  If you’re in a really large parking lot, like at a stadium or convention center, use your camera phone to take a picture of the parking lot section number.  I always think I’ll remember the number but I never do.  You can also take a picture of the building you’re going into from where your car is parked.  That will give you perspective.  And if you have to park in an auxiliary lot, you can take a picture of the street sign, the lot name or whatever else will help you find your way back.

3.       Park away from other cars.  We tend to look for the closest space we can get, and that’s valid, especially if we’re hauling small kids.  But if it’s just you and you feel like getting some exercise, park way back at the back all by yourself.  When you walk out of the store, you’ll have no trouble seeing your car.  It’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

4.       Mark your car.  Some people have a flower on their antenna.  Some have a cool spare tire cover.  If you can, something like that will help your car stand out.

5.       Get a car finder device.  I don’t have one of these but it could come in very handy!  Here are a bunch of options on Amazon.   I also checked the ap store and there are a bunch there, too.

So if you want to avoid losing your car, try one of these strategies.  They work!

How do you remember where you parked?  Have you ever lost your car?

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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6 thoughts on “5 Ways to Keep From Losing Your Car in a Parking Lot

  1. I thought I was the only one to lose my car.LOL Like you I always park in the same area when shopping at stores. I have also taken a picture of the section and row sign in a very large parking lot or parking deck. I do have a car finder app on my phone and it has saved me many times when shopping at a huge shopping mall that I rarely go to. Funny story,years ago before smart phones or even just cameras on phones I was going to surprize someone by meeting them at the airport. I parked in the parking deck. When I got ready to leave I remembered the floor # but had no idea what the section or row number was. I thought about writing it down but said to myself “surely I can remember it”,WRONG. I walked around and walked around,still no car. I finally had to hit the panic button on the key fob. That horn blew for what seemed like 5 minutes before I found my car. From that point on I always wrote the information down.

    1. Oh, I feel your pain! That sounds so awful. You’d think it would be easy enough to remember where you parked, but it isn’t! I, too, finally learned not to rely on my memory. It fails me every time. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I also try to park in the same spot when I’m at shops I frequent. But if I do lose my car, I just hit the lock button a few times so that it “chirps” until I can find the darn thing! If it’s really lost, I’ll set off the car alarm for a few seconds until I can at least figure out the general vicinity it is in 🙂

  3. There’s an app for your phone called ‘I parked here’. I use it whenever I have to park on a different spot.

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