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Old 12-22-2011, 09:37 AM
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

Picked a corner spot at the motel we stayed at, under a light, no vehicle in the slot next to me. Truck driver said "his GPS routed him through the parking lot" - maybe him calling a friend to back the truck up is a clue.

Not sure there is any safe place to park.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:58 AM
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Have to watch out for those GPS receivers...

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Old 12-23-2011, 11:46 AM
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I tend to try and find a spot between two nice cars. The few times I've parked in the back of a lot with nothing around me, a rogue shopping cart has found the side of my car...once during a bad thunderstorm when the wind threw one against the side of my previous vehicle and did a lot of damage. If there aren't cars on either side of you, there's nothing to shield you from stuff like that!
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:09 PM
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picked a corner spot at the motel we stayed at, under a light, no vehicle in the slot next to me. Truck driver said "his gps routed him through the parking lot" - maybe him calling a friend to back the truck up is a clue.

Not sure there is any safe place to park.
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I park as far away as possible. I guess it's a double whammy. I used to do this cause at one point I was so out of shape I decided to put exercise in every part of my life. For example, stairs instead of elevator, walk to places that are not too far instead of driving 5-10 minutes to get there, park in the furthest possible spot in a parking lot from where I have to go. Though, after getting back into shape (quitting smoking, eating healthier, took up long distance running, gym, playing football or soccer how many of you know it) I kept the parking far ritual. Just because parking here is also quite difficult.

Just to prove this (it has happened many times to my older SUV - Nissan pathfinder), I'll use a very recent incident.

My friend owns a Cayenne S, 2011. It's his pride and joy. He parked outside his complex building by the visitor parking and ran into the starbucks that's literally right next to his place. As he was walking back to his car, a guy pulls in rreverse and hits the back of his rear bumper. Bigggg dent.

He comes running (poor guy got burning hot coffee on his shirt) and catches the guy before he could jet off. The guy reeked of alcohol (even though its illegal here) and looked like he was too young to even drive. I was there with my friend. We looked at the kid in disgust the second his mouth opened and reeked of home made booze. We told him that he needs to man up and call his dad so we can deal with this (as we didn't want to make an issue with the police since he's a kid). The kid was thankful for us not calling the police about the accident because they would have nailed him for being drunk too.

The second my friend went to get his phone from his car to save the guys number, the kid jumped in his darned nissan altima and made a run for it. My phone was in my friends car too so I couldn't snap a pic. Luckily though his places were easy to memorize and I regurgitated the number to my friend. We called the cops and the cops said the detained the chap. My friend has fully covered insurance so he didn't really care, but because there is a specific process here in which we have to claim and both parties need to be present for the paperwork (unless it's a hit and run). He just wanted the kid to basically learn his lesson.

Anyways, the Cayenne S is in order to be sent to the shop and be fixed soon. Though the nerve on some people. Morale of the story, if you're not around to make sure everything is okay, people will generally run if they hit you. It's a shame but it happens a lot. So always be careful of your car when you park. Someone said park between two cars more expensive than yours. That is actually quite smart if you can find two that are more expensive.

I personally have hit someone's car by accident whilst reversing when I first started driving. I left a note with my number and an apology letter. I don't understand why people won't do the same.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

I thought I was the only maniac around... hahaha, I feel a lot better now!

I pick far parking (no one arround), wide ones, corners, and sometimes (rarely) I could end up in double parking if in a hurry...sorry!

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Rate won't go up on a comp claim. Trust me.
Sorry to say my one month old overland joined the club this week. I park as safe and far away as I can... some dip shit decided to bang thru the chrome door guard and bent the door/ chipped the paint behind it.

Anyway... insurance. I have state farm and years ago, I purposley kept a 0 deductable on comprehensive in case of jerks that have whatever issue of inflicting damage onto others vehicles. Ive been lucky in over 30 years... no door dings.
This time, I call state farm... they say no problem, take it to any approved shop and they will cover 100%. I get and estimate $497.00 (new door strip and total repaint of door as paintless repair will not work)
anyway... state farm calls back and says opps.. door dings are colision, not comp, that if a vehicle stikes another vehicle, its colision weather your in the car or not. My agent proceeds to tell me it used to be comprehensive, but the industry changed years ago (time for me to shop for a new agent)
I ask him what options do I have to protect myself going forward... he tells me best they can do is a 100$ deductable vs my current 500 would cost me ~$50 a year more. I ask him if I keep getting door dings, and keep claiming them and since its a collision claim...wont I get dropped??
He says no, but underwriting will raise my premium...WTF, what good is insurance... anyway, damn straight... If i can prove some moron caused the ding, I will file a police report and have that pricks insurance go up!
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Picked a corner spot at the motel we stayed at, under a light, no vehicle in the slot next to me. Truck driver said "his GPS routed him through the parking lot" - maybe him calling a friend to back the truck up is a clue.

Not sure there is any safe place to park.

Good Lord! That blows. I had a close incident in Des Moines when some "driver" parked on my side of the line side ways. I had to get in from the passenger side. Geez. Some people can be completely disrepectful.
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I usually try to park in the boonies. Parking at my house is a different matter though, since we're in a townhouse and get 2 spaces. Neighbors on my left are careful and cool, neighbors on the right dinged up my old Jeep pretty bad, all the way down the side. They drive the ghettomobile as I call it and their kids, i think, were raised in a barn. No respect. We're parking the new one next to the other neighbors, but I'm feeling for the dents I'm going to wind up with on the Camry. Though I need to talk to the insurance lady to find out if I can start hanging them with the paint costs.
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