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Well, it appears that running boards have purposes beyond being things to step on, and keeping mud and stones off the rear fenders.

Because my "normal" spot in the "first come first served" parking ramp was taken the other day, I parked my SSR in ANOTHER "end" spot. As usual, I parked it so that its drivers side wheels were over the white line into the travel lane of the parking ramp, leaving a VERY wide parking slot for whoever parked beside me on the passenger side.

That did not deter someone from an act of gross, and almost appearing deliberate, stupidity.

When I got back to my SSR after work, there was a dirty, cluttered and generally unimpressive piece of crap cheap compact car parked OVER the white line separating our 2 spaces, with his/her driver door literally 11 inches from my SSR! It was SO close, I couldn't figure out how he/she got out of their car!

I immediately looked for the dreaded door dent in my SSR, but there was none!

This cretin had not even bothered to lock his/her/its car, so I gently opened it towards my SSR. That showed me what happened: The car's door ran into my RUNNING BOARD before its upper art could hit my door! In fact, there WAS a dent in HIS door, where it eno****ered my running board (Justice!!)

Miraculously, there was also NO apparent rubbing of the twit's clothing along the rear fender of my SSR, probably only because he/she IS careful about not getting their work clothing dirty, because that costs THEM money to remedy.

I figure I dodged a costly door dent repair (ever tried to PROVE that someone's stupidity caused your door dent?)

The running boards earned their cost in one incident alone.

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I agree. I have multiple scuff marks and leftover paint from creeps whose doors hit my running boards but not my doors.
 

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Some people are just plain stupid when it comes to taking care of a car. They don't care what theirs looks like and they don't care what they do to yours. :boxing :cuss :mad
 

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Doesn't this just burn yer butt?? I have experienced the same parking behavior many times, even though I always park defensively. And it's always some piece of **** !! I have often considered leaving a size 12 imprint right in the middle of the door sheet metal, but decided they would probably not notice or care. An explosive device might serve my purpose, but the idiot would probably still not get my point. Perhaps a specially printed up "Idiot Parker Award", with extremely nasty adhesive placed on the windshield directly in the driver's line of vision would give them something to consider as they spend 3 hours trying to scrape it off......


Thanks Doc, I feel better now! :cool
 

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I get as angry as the rest of you, and am tempted to "leave a calling card", BUT if you do so at a lot where you park regularly, the next time you park there, the cretin will take revenge on you by deliberately vandalizing your car. From there, it's a downward slippery slope where no one wins.

The most effective response is to just park far away from where that guy parks.

When in a very crowded lot with few spaces available, and no "safe" ones (end spots, or wider than normal spots, etc), I try to park beside someone with a desirable sports or trophy car that shows no evidence of door dings or lack of concern. That maximizes the odds that the owner is one who will open his/her doors carefully, and who will also eneter and leave the space carefully.

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Pile of money?

I have always looked at a vehicle as a pile of money.
If you gave that door dinging person a stack of $100 bills adding up to say $20,000 dollars they would protect it with a gun and their life.
Then try and take $400.00 bucks from that stack. They would fight to the death for the cash. But give them a $20,000 car and it's parked up front next to a shopping cart. A $400.00 dent means nothing to them nor does the hard earned money invested in a car.
Ignorance is bliss! Stupid is STUPID!!!!!! :confused
 

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this is my livelyhood

but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. I do paintless dent repair (out of the back of black beauty), my customers some times have comments like: bet you love idiots who don't care what they damage. the dings are a necisary evil of my everyday life. the money I make off of others misfortune is only sweet when the dents are gone and their smile returns. a ding I cannot remove can literally ruin my day. so hopefully everyone out there can dodge the bullet- if not hopefully it will work right out. the ssRs 'deep draw' steel should be thicker than normal whitch makes it better for dent removal- or regular bodywork. I'll let you all know when (notice I didnt say if) mine gets dinged!
I guess there punishment is driving dinged up junk? :flag
 

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my retail: 55$ a panel(door-fender)

there are always gougers so be careful. the most important thing is the quality of workmanship. the thing to do is ask around the dealerships (especially high end- porsche,bmw,whatever) and see if one guys name comes up repeatedly, big franchises like dentmaster or dingking will have lots of guys so make sure you get the one with the touch. I will usually work out a good deal on small easy stuff and it normally takes 15-30 minutes a panel.
paintless dent repair consists primarily of using hand tools on the back side of the ding to carefully massage it out. sometimes as a last resort I use a tecnique involving hot glue and pulling from the out side, this is not as sucessful and there is a small risk of pulling the paint off- especially on bad dents and repainted panels.
anyway a little footwork should pay off in a quality repair.
if you come to salt lake city I'll take them out! :flag
 

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I've had this paintless dent removal done to several of my cars, and if you get a good guy they come out PERFECT ! ! ! ! ! ! It's quite an art.
 
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Man, that bites.
The most trouble I ever had with nitwits parking extra close to my car and scuff marks was when I had my 01 pt cruiser when hardly anyone had one in my state. The killer was when I came out of the store to find a shopping cart lodged into the side door to find a quarter sized dent. People are indeed inconciderete ******* at times. :cuss
 

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you were lucky-sorta

I've seen shoppingcart damage so bad the door had to be replaced. unloaded cart, downhill in a windstorm.
I'm overposting myself but I can't help it- it's my thing! :flag
 
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I've seen shoppingcart damage so bad the door had to be replaced. unloaded cart, downhill in a windstorm.
I'm overposting myself but I can't help it- it's my thing! :flag
Oh man, that's hardcore-

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Another problem I had was people leaning up against my car, when I was in the store, to check out the inside and scrathing the paint and leaving marks from their belt buckles and buttons
 

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I will take some sharp angel photos tommorro. Take a look and tell me what you think. I have had worse taken out of my Ranger (sorry, FORD thing was a relapse) so I think this one should be pretty easy. I just hate leaving it to amatures. This is my baby. (for now) I think I see an 06 vette in my future. With the SSR there as well...... ;)
 
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