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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

my kids use the Jeep as a backstop for roller hockey(not on purpose but it does happen sometimes) so a stray shopping cart or door doesn't bother me too much anymore. All of my cars have dings of some sort. My oldest son forgot to hit the brakes when learning how to ride his dirt bike and stuck it under the bumper of my old Taurus SHO. He got off the bike and it stayed upright, it was pretty funny.

So no, I park in the closest spot. It's just a car IMO.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:18 PM
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I've had ppl hit my car with their door while I was sitting in it.
Almost always women, in my experience. No idea why.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:33 PM
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

i usually select parking spaces far away from the business i'm visiting. Mostly because I don't have time to fuss with people fighting over close spots, but also because i don't like door dings. I take good care of my things, and wish others would be respectful of others'.
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

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i usually select parking spaces far away from the business i'm visiting. Mostly because I don't have time to fuss with people fighting over close spots, but also because i don't like door dings. I take good care of my things, and wish others would be respectful of others'.
THIS!

It's not just a matter of dings, but the whole drive in circles and fight ppl for a closer space is ridiculous, I'd rather walk.
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i park far away from other cars or near nicer cars. i also sometimes end up pushing like 5 carts in due to the slim potential of coming close to my jeep
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I park away from the entrance of businesses and away from renegade shopping carts. Down here in So. Fla. people have no clue to put the shopping carts into the cart thing...and a lot of businesses don't even have them! Very odd especially with all the nice cars around these parts.

Lazy people usually don't put in the effort to keep their property well cared for so a lot of people who park close to entrances I avoid. Moreover the closest parking spaces get the most use so odds are higher there will be stray shopping carts and more people in and out of those spaces.

I do like to park next to nice cars. Avoid vans with swing out doors...sometimes mini vans too if the spaces are tight even if they have sliding doors.... But the stray shopping carts are my biggest concern.

I'm not anal about it but want to avoid the obvious dangers. A few extra steps is good for you...
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

Though I think this was covered in another thread but has anybody used paintless dent removal for dings? I see it advertised quite a bit but I am curious as to the quality of the repair.
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I do the same as most people listed. However, if I have no choice and there is just no where to park but close to someone else I lift mine to Off Road II. This way worst case the dent would be down low out of the normal eye level view. You would be surprised how high up you are when parked next to a regular car...:0)
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I used a paintless dent removal guy on an ex highway patrol car I brought a few years ago and the results were amazing, police don't seem too worried about where they park... nothing major just lotsa little ones where the paint wasn't broken, after about an hour with the aid of a fluro light he had it looking straight as new....
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In another thread an owner with rock rails feels they keep door dings at bay with sedans and such, even with his wife's Murano which rides higher than most.
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I will usually go for the back forty. If that doesn't work out I try to look for Minivans. Sliding doors are your friend since kids are usually the corporates. Parking by large SUVs is almost a gimme a door ding. Parking by smaller cars is a bit better but can still happen. Parking by expensive cars won't always help since most of them don't care about your car. Short story about that. We had just recieved a new work truck. Went to dinner and at that time the diner wasn't busy. Parked are new work truck in a spot that didn't have a cars around. When we had come out the lot was full and we noticed a ding in the door. It didn't take much investigation that the Mercedes next to us did the damage. Since it had paint from are truck still on it's door. As always it was on its rear door (kids). The guys were pissed about this and returned the favor to them. They did take it a little to far, but just a reminder that people that drive nice vehcles are some times the worst to park next to. Really its all about luck. I had a car for 8 years and only had one ding in it. I've had my Jeep for 8 months and some idiot opened his door and forgot the wind had been blowing 20 mph all day and his door hit my Jeep. Didn't do any damage but at least the guy seen me in my Jeep and said sorry. Probably scared that he would come back and see baseball bat sized hail on his car.
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I try to park on the end of a line and crowd the curb to give the guy next to me a little extra room. Also, parking next to a handicap space seems to work,those spaces are usually wider and seldom used when it's raining or snowing.
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