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Old 03-05-2012, 04:54 PM   #76
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Originally Posted by Atomic Rooster View Post
Parking a nice car 101:

General best practices:
-Park 20% further from the doors than the back of the parking pack. Parking closer than that & the lemmings will park next to you. To a lemming, parking is contagious.
-Look for spots that were painted extra wide to use up extra space. These will often have a curb on one side.
-Inspect your paint before and after each parking job. If some of your paint is missing & is found on an adjecent car, use your mini sludgehammer to reclaim your stolen paint. The lemming's paint flakes will help consol you at the dent & paint repair shop.

When unable to park away from other cars:
-avoid vehicles that carry families
-park on the passenger side of cars that are likely to have no passengers
-avoid cars with door dings on them
-ALWAYS avoid cars with marks on their door edges.
-avoid cars with wide opening doors, such as coupes.
-parking next to narrow 4 door cars on their passenger side is preferable.

If there are shopping carts in the lot:
-Park on high ground.
-Park away from loose carts.
-Knock carts over on their sides so that they can't roll. Putting such carts on each side of your car will protect it from lemmings.
-Park adjecent and above cart recepticles so that people are more likely to return their carts & loose carts at the recepticle will roll away from your car.

These best practices will save you time, since it takes more time to get dents & paint fixed than it does to walk a few extra meters each day.
I agree with most of this. I managed to put over 40K miles on my last car with 0 dents or dings and drove all over the Northeast. I always park far away from people, and if I need to park between cars, I always park around non-family hauler luxury cars. I would gladly walk and extra few minutes instead of parking next to an old minivan. Anytime loose shopping carts are present, I look for high ground on the lot and park there. Then I push some stray carts back into the store with me. I don't even park next to anyone else at work, I park out in a corner behind a guy driving a Prius that also doesn't want any dents. I will pay $15 to park somewhere instead of parallel parking anywhere. I lived in Boston for a few years and constantly saw people bumping into other cars when parallel parking.

Dents and dings are not inevitable. In most cases, they can be avoid by changing your parking behaviors. Don't look for the parking spot that has the shortest distance to the door, look for the parking spots that protects your car the best.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by Uncle Scotty View Post
I worked in a supermarket in a strip that had a HUGE parking lot and no obstructions other than a couple light poles......this was right on the river and sometimes the wind would whip through there and carts left one one side would get going 30-40mph...or however fast the wind was moving....and slam cars.

Back in 94 or 95, i saw a brand new Probe---still had the paper tag on it.... get hit square in the front bumper by a cart....the wind was BLOWING that day and it musta been going at least 40mph

that cart hit that car and tumbled over it....set the airbags off....smashed **** outta that probe...hood, windshield, top, back glass...all done....totaled.....car had less than 100 miles on it.
now THAT sucks
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:34 PM   #78
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Originally Posted by s2ktosti View Post
Laundry detergent, Grocery store.

Forgetfulness, not really an issue for me.

I've never been to a Target yet that didn't look like crap, have a junkyard for a parking lot, and make me feel like I shouldn't touch anything for danger of needing a shot of penicillin.

I'm not really a Walmart fan either, but the one near work isn't bad.
Unfortunately - the grocery stores around here have not gotten the "no metal shopping carts" memo and are more dangerous to my car than the ones at Target. Plus they are more expensive than Target.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #79
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Originally Posted by Napalm3nema View Post
You can get everything they carry at a lot of other places. They aren't the only solution, contrary to what they would like you to believe. I'd rather buy my crap at HEB or Kroger / Randalls than support Wal Mart or Target.

Those places are disgusting and I refuse to give them a dollar.
Be thankful you have the luxury of choice. Others don't.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:27 PM   #80
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Originally Posted by young_skywalker

Be thankful you have the luxury of choice. Others don't.
Yup. Especially after Walmart killed off what choice they had, and made sure to replace those jobs with Walmart jobs.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:18 AM   #81
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I used to push them out of the way with my bumper if they were in a spot I wanted. I simply did not give a **** 6-7 years ago.

Now that most places here have surveillance in the parking areas...it's not worth the hassle dealing with the **** that follows.

Door dings happen a lot. So I usually open my door as hard and as fast as I can.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:25 AM   #82
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Originally Posted by Napalm3nema

Good job, glad you did something about it. Too many people just swallow it down and take it. I would have done something about it if it were my car.

Props to you for being a man!
Agreed. And yeah, I dont take anything lying down. I'll always handle my sh**.
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