Parking Meter Cards
The Mission Hills BID utilizes smart meters, which allow for payment by credit card. Another alternative form of payment, however, is pre-paid parking meter cards. These cards allow you to pay for time at a meter as well as the ability to get a refund for unused time. The helpful information below was provided by the Uptown Community Parking District.
How does a Pre-Paid Parking Meter work?
The instructions for using a Pre-Paid Parking Meter Card can be found on the card directly.
- Insert the card into the card slot on the parking meter. The card slot is near the coin slot.
- Insert the card in the direction shown by an arrow on the card. The arrow side will face slightly up.
- The dollar balance (credit available) on the card will flash 4 times.
- The parking meter will display time increments in 5-minute segments.
- When the desired time is displayed on the parking meter, remove the card from the parking meter. The time you have purchased will post on the meter.
Can I get a refund if I purchase too much time on a meter?
Yes. In order to do so, follow these instructions:
- Insert the same card you used to purchase the time back into the parking meter.
- The current dollar balance (credit available) on the card will flash 4 times.
- The parking meter will credit back your card for every full 6-minute increment remaining on the parking meter.
- Credit increments of less than 6-minutes will be lost.
- The credit display on the parking meter will return to zero. Remove the card from the parking meter.
NOTE: Multi-Space Pay and Display stations do not refund unused time.
Where can I purchase a Pre-Paid Parking Meter Card?
Below is a list of locations where you may purchase Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards. You are highly encouraged to call ahead to verify business hours and to ensure cards are available.
202 C Street
San Diego CA 92101
Ace Hardware – Hillcrest
1007 University Ave
San Diego CA 92103
Suki Day Spa (Downtown)
541 4th Avenue
San Diego CA 92101
Suki Day Spa (Kearny Mesa)
4625 Convoy Street, Suite B
San Diego CA 92111
Suki Day Spa
4125 Mission Blvd.
San Diego CA 92109