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NCD..new car day. I have been shopping for a used car for several weeks. I finally found a 2000 Lexus. Its a Millennium Edition. Only 350 made. I got it from the original owner who was fanatical about maintenance. The car was near mint.
The base model was 40,000 cdn in 2000. This one was 60K!!!

My first day driving it to work, I come out, and, lo and behold, a big scrape/scratch on the back bumper. Right beside my car?? A shittly little red Hyundai with a load of scratches on the side, and a fresh looking black streak.
Hopefully, security will give me the name of the idiot as I have his plate number. Hopefully, he will fess up and do the right thing.
But...its highly unlikely. I did file a police report.
what a bummer.
The guy I bought it from would be appalled. I have it one day, and a big ugly scrape.
People suck. I know its a 17 year old car, and just a minor scrape....but man, this really got me down.
Thanks for letting me vent.

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Ya I know that feeling.

I had 5 people hit my Tacoma over the 5 years I owned it. 4 of those 5 people left without saying anything to me. Here's a pic of the last one which did the most damage. This happened about a month before I sold it.

 

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I bumped into a guy's car last winter. My rear windshield was all snowed over, and quickly covered when I'd brush it off and there wasn't tons of room to back up from my parking spot. It was the middle of a mall parking lot with lousy lighting and blowing snow. I didn't hit him hard, and I couldn't see any dent where I think I bumped him. But the snow and lousy lighting made it near impossible to tell if I had scratched him or not. I couldn't tell if my own car had any scratches until the next day when I turned the garage lights up full (grazed bumper, but not dented).

I was alone, didn't have anything to write with, whether paper or pen, and it was friggin' cold, so I'm not going to sit and wait until maybe somebody comes out to the car, and waiting inside a store and keeping an eye out halfway across the mall lot until closing time wasn't much of a plan, given that the owner could have approached from many directions. I didn't feel right about leaving, but I couldn't tell if there was anything to feel wrong about, and had no way of contacting the person. I don't have a phone so there was no way to record the guy's -plate number or anything else that could establish contact between us. Just a crappy crappy night.

Sometimes, people don't want to be jerks, but there is no way around it.
 

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lol...fail for the lamboughini driver in the second video! Success to the guy who posted the video on youtube and has made a few bucks from the hits :D
 

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Don't forget the crazy prices for getting those dings fixed. Some people just can't afford it or the cost of insurance claims.

I bumped into a guy's car last winter. My rear windshield was all snowed over, and quickly covered when I'd brush it off and there wasn't tons of room to back up from my parking spot. It was the middle of a mall parking lot with lousy lighting and blowing snow. I didn't hit him hard, and I couldn't see any dent where I think I bumped him. But the snow and lousy lighting made it near impossible to tell if I had scratched him or not. I couldn't tell if my own car had any scratches until the next day when I turned the garage lights up full (grazed bumper, but not dented).

I was alone, didn't have anything to write with, whether paper or pen, and it was friggin' cold, so I'm not going to sit and wait until maybe somebody comes out to the car, and waiting inside a store and keeping an eye out halfway across the mall lot until closing time wasn't much of a plan, given that the owner could have approached from many directions. I didn't feel right about leaving, but I couldn't tell if there was anything to feel wrong about, and had no way of contacting the person. I don't have a phone so there was no way to record the guy's -plate number or anything else that could establish contact between us. Just a crappy crappy night.

Sometimes, people don't want to be jerks, but there is no way around it.
 

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Sorry to hear about that bud. The first scratch is always the worst.

Heading out to my car one day, I found two young girls sitting against the bumper. As this doesn't routinely happen to me, I figured something was up. One of them punched in the rear quarter panel. I was staying in a hotel at the time and a little later her father came to my door, drunk. He asked if I would say it was him who hit the car as his daughter had a number of incidences all ready and SGI would take her license away after one more. I said no, it would be reported as her as she obviously did not need to be driving if she has had a number of accidents all ready.

Driving is a privilege, not a right and I have always treated it as so. I feel its one of the reasons that I have never been in an accident and I have had my license for 17 years now.
 

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It sucks.

When I was young and had a job site with a crazy parking lot I got dinged a few times. A weird slope, narrow spots, storm drain, single narrow exit, young drivers, short visits from most users, but my car sat there for 8 hour shifts. Caught one of the offenders, and they offered me anything short of a blow job to not report it. I made her pay, and I made it known around work. Apparently I wasn't the only victim.
 

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The ridiculous part is, it was my first day with the car. Three years ago, the first day with my previous car, some idiot put a dent in the back and cracked a taillight.
Its a tradition I do not enjoy.
 

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That sucks big time. about 20 years ago, i hit someones car in a parking lot with my Suburban. I did the right thing and left my name and phone number. The owner contacted me, i apologized and paid for the damages. There are a few good people left and i hope you have a similar experience.
 

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Sorry to see that, I think many people just don't care .

I bought a brand spanking new Gran Prix years ago, my first new car. Someone pushed a shopping cart into it the first day, within an hour of picking it up from the dealer.

Just got my wife's car back from the body shop yesterday after being hit from behind, again. That's the third time, 3 different cars, on her way to or from work. In all 3 cases she was stopped at a red light. First guy was fumbling to light a cigarette and not watching the road, Second guy was a priest who just claimed he wasn't paying attention, I suspect he was on his phone. The most recent was a woman deciding to change lanes at the last second, to jump traffic, she ran into the back of a pickup, which in turn ran into my wife.

You're driving a fucking car, it can kill you and other people, please pay attention!
 
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Is it just me, or do any of you also find that parking lots at malls and supermarkets often do not provide enough space to open doors or back up. I try to be attentive, and I'm not driving anything particularly unusual in dimensions (Focus wagon), but on a windy day, opening a side door without scratching the adjacent vehicle requires that one hold onto the door like you were reeling in a marlin. And backing up to pull out of the lot, without running over any of the folks walking by, requires monitoring on the level of Mission Control at NASA. It's like they've calculated the absolute minimum amount of space physically required to accomplish those actions, without any impediments, and parsed the lot on the basis of that. And try wheeling the shopping cart up beside your vehicle without hitting anybody's side mirror.

People want to be good and considerate, but dammit, you have to give them favorable conditions for that to happen.
 

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Is it just me, or do any of you also find that parking lots at malls and supermarkets often do not provide enough space to open doors or back up. I try to be attentive, and I'm not driving anything particularly unusual in dimensions (Focus wagon), but on a windy day, opening a side door without scratching the adjacent vehicle requires that one hold onto the door like you were reeling in a marlin. And backing up to pull out of the lot, without running over any of the folks walking by, requires monitoring on the level of Mission Control at NASA. It's like they've calculated the absolute minimum amount of space physically required to accomplish those actions, without any impediments, and parsed the lot on the basis of that. And try wheeling the shopping cart up beside your vehicle without hitting anybody's side mirror.

People want to be good and considerate, but dammit, you have to give them favorable conditions for that to happen.
Well you should actually be backing into the spot :) Having said that many lots try to cram in as many spaces as they can get away with.
 

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Is it just me, or do any of you also find that parking lots at malls and supermarkets often do not provide enough space to open doors or back up. I try to be attentive, and I'm not driving anything particularly unusual in dimensions (Focus wagon), but on a windy day, opening a side door without scratching the adjacent vehicle requires that one hold onto the door like you were reeling in a marlin. And backing up to pull out of the lot, without running over any of the folks walking by, requires monitoring on the level of Mission Control at NASA. It's like they've calculated the absolute minimum amount of space physically required to accomplish those actions, without any impediments, and parsed the lot on the basis of that. And try wheeling the shopping cart up beside your vehicle without hitting anybody's side mirror.

People want to be good and considerate, but dammit, you have to give them favorable conditions for that to happen.
I think maybe they've calcualted these spots for smart cars it seems. If I see a spot too tight I find a space out further in the lot.
Last year I was attending a concert at the Eagle Resort Casino in Michigan and I remember noticing the spots in the parking lot at the hotel we were staying were big enough to get a full size pickup in comfortably. My Hyundai Sonota had at least 2 feet on either side. Thats how parking spots should be laid out.
 

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I've got two tales like this, one good and one bad. First the good, the front left corner of my car got hit as someone at worked pulled out the parking space. Fortunately he is someone I've known for a long time and he stuck around, took full responsibility and insurance covered the entire $5K repair. Only downside is now my car has an accident registered against which reduces it resale value.

Bad story of someone trying to do the right thing. My wife pulled into an angled space at the golf course, and brushed, literally brushed, bumper to bumper with the next car. She found the owner and explained what happened and the owner flipped on her, tried to blame her for existing damage and that she was going to file an insurance report etc etc. My wife is shaken, gets home, you can see the "wipe" marks so I take a rag and I wipe the dust off the bumper and nothing, no damage whatsoever. We call the insurance explain the situation, tell them that the other party is trying to fraudulently claim extra damage, send pictures of both vehicles and according to the insurance company, no issue, they don't even want to send an adjuster, case closed. The other owner still makes a claim and it turns out, embellishes the story that she was in the car (not true) and her husband was there too (not true) and that she caused damage further up the car (also not true). We find out later, we are still assessed an at-fault accident which we don't find out about until after we switch insurance companies (another story). End result is that by doing the right thing, it costs us an extra $500/yr in insurance. So doing the right thing in the end cost us.
 

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Me and my wife have dinged 3 cars accidentally over the years and always fessed up or left a note with our name and phone number. We have always been told to forget it or never been called back. It pays to be honest and you keep a good conscience one way or the other.
 

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The bride's Toyota Matrix is a breeze to park anywhere, and kind of fun to drive.

The Toyota Tacoma we had was fantastic for a truck, though the bride hated to park it, it didn't bother me unless the lanes between rows of parked vehicles were too narrow, which seems to be increasingly so. In small town Ontario everyone seems to like oversized vehicles too.

Now, my Rav4 is easy to park anywhere, but it looks like every second vehicle on the road and isn't as easy to spot in a parking lot from a distance.
 

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I've got two tales like this, one good and one bad. First the good, the front left corner of my car got hit as someone at worked pulled out the parking space. Fortunately he is someone I've known for a long time and he stuck around, took full responsibility and insurance covered the entire $5K repair. Only downside is now my car has an accident registered against which reduces it resale value.

Bad story of someone trying to do the right thing. My wife pulled into an angled space at the golf course, and brushed, literally brushed, bumper to bumper with the next car. She found the owner and explained what happened and the owner flipped on her, tried to blame her for existing damage and that she was going to file an insurance report etc etc. My wife is shaken, gets home, you can see the "wipe" marks so I take a rag and I wipe the dust off the bumper and nothing, no damage whatsoever. We call the insurance explain the situation, tell them that the other party is trying to fraudulently claim extra damage, send pictures of both vehicles and according to the insurance company, no issue, they don't even want to send an adjuster, case closed. The other owner still makes a claim and it turns out, embellishes the story that she was in the car (not true) and her husband was there too (not true) and that she caused damage further up the car (also not true). We find out later, we are still assessed an at-fault accident which we don't find out about until after we switch insurance companies (another story). End result is that by doing the right thing, it costs us an extra $500/yr in insurance. So doing the right thing in the end cost us.
I would switch insurance companies again in a nano second.
 
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