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My car should be arriving soon and I'm wondering what is the best way to go about parking it?

Here in the States we seldom park on the street. Most of us park in parking lots in front of stores. This means there is usually a car parked on either side of your car.

Obviously I don't want my car to get any dings or scratches, so the other option would be to park it on the outskirts of the parking lot (further away from the store), where there are fewer cars parked and chances are you can park without having a car right next to yours.

I'm worried about parking farther away because this will make my Mini stand out, and would this make it more likely to be vandalized?

So which is best, parking it among other cars and risking someone slamming their door into your car, or parking far away and risking it drawing attention?

Sorry if I sound paranoid!
 

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Not paranoid I park in end spaces when I can so I can dictate how much space is between the doors. I also park away from a stores front door in the car park. I’d rather walk a hundred yards and come back to nothing sitting next to it than parking next to the door hemmed in on both sides by people more interested in getting in and out the shop as quick as they can.




I always think because its your own car you feel it draws attention but to everyone else its just a car parked in the car park .
 

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I try to park between smaller cars, or further away. I also try to make sure my mini's butt is at the edge of the entrance of the parking spot so I don't get people driving into it by accident thinking it's empty.

I also accidentally ALMOST parked so close to the curb that I almost scratched the bottom of my bumper... I am used to driving a big 4x4 and I would drive up tot he curb without problems... not this time! I have to worry about being so much lower to the ground :)
 

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I do the same. Here is my paranoid guide to parking I rigidly follow.
1 Number one park as far away as any one else as you can.
2 try to find the end or wider bay eg next to a fire exit or path
3 if fee long really cheeky out you know the ship or its owners take up 2 spaces. Very naughty this though!
3 park where eg if you are in a hotel or restaurant, you can see the car, and if necessary move it. I did this last week.
4 if you reAlly have to have neighbours park next to cars that look cared for for or are small or have smalldoors eg some 3 door hAtches have huge openiings.
Take note of the neighbour cars eg plate etc. You can confront them if needs be.
5 d don't take the car if you have an alternative ie I take my motor bike to my dentists as their car park is horrid.
6 mind over matter. TRY but I know it's not easy to think it really is just a car. I know not the mini I hear you say. But I dented my wife's last mini with the Hoover which fell over. Dents away paintless repair did a perfect job for £100. Tis only money and he she is worth it
 

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I am the paranoid king of parking.

I find the largest, furthest parking spot. I especially like the spots next to handicap parking because (a) the handicap slots are HUGE and amost always empty and (b) You can gain an inch or two by crowding the yellow lines that delimit the handicap slot. If you are adventurous you can sometimes get away with crowding most of the yellow line, though past a point you risk a ticket, and there is the off chance that some deserving soul with a gigantic vehicle will take up the whole slot and expose your baby to damage.

Study the parking lot. There might be a slightly wider spot somewhere where the geometry didn't quite work out.

Note the wind direction. I have seen clueless people open doors in a strong wind and have the door fly out of their hands to ding the car next to them.

Don't park in the middle of anything. I got hit by some idiot in a landscaping truck who backed halfway across the parking lot to ding the car.

Don't be a jerk and take up two spaces, that is inviting a keying. In fact, don't be annoying in any way if you can avoid it.

Park where you can monitor the car. If you see some idiot approaching, go out and move your car.

If somebody has parked next to you despite your best efforts, double check for dings before driving away. If they got you, you can deal with it if you are aggressive. Don't be a jerk, chances are they didn't mean to ding you, they're just clueless dolts.

Use any available cover. Light poles, trees, trash, derelict vehicles. Dumpsters are great, they usually take up a space and a half and you can use that safe space to your advantage. Just make sure the truck isn't coming to pick up the dumpster, though! I have even toyed with the idea of bringing my own "debris" to place in the spot next to me to discourage door-dingers from parking adjacent. Let us know if you try that and it works!

The key is to put the car far enough away that it is out of the traffic flow, and not in a place that people will want to walk direct to and from their vehicles. Traffic means some numbnuts might drive into you, and foot traffic means subhumans might randomly vandalize your car on the way to buy their hooch. Don't give anyone a reason to walk past your car.

Pay attention to the slope of the parking lot (especially in a supermarket lot). Never park downhill from any occupied spots (because Gooberhead is sure to lose control of his shopping cart and blam!). In shopping center lots there is a corral for the carts-- Often a good thing to park next to, just be sure you are uphill from anything else. Clueless dolts will launch their carts from half a mile away in the vague direction of the corral, which is a problem because the carts are drawn magically towards nice cars. But an uphill slope means the idiot will have to manually put the cart in there, and her probably won't hit your car.

Find another nice car to park next to. If some guy is obviously trying to protect his car, do him a favor and guard the other side. I find that people who care about their cars will generally be careful of another nice car next to them. Just don't park 3 inches away without their permission.

Avoid child care parking lots like the plague. Ditto for any place that teenagers park. Never ever park at the closest spot to anything worth going to, even if the slots are huge.

Bottom line, be paranoid. The world is full of Door Ding Idiots and they are reproducing. They really want to ding your car, but you are smarter than them.
 

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I love that uke esp the byo rubbish . Never thought of that . Did think one day I might make some door buffers!
 

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I love that uke esp the byo rubbish . Never thought of that . Did think one day I might make some door buffers!
For my garage I made some Rubber Baby MINI Bumpers out of PVC and pool noodles. It works great. I am tempted to try it out in the wild but I'm afraid some git would be offended and punish me.

But If I could camouflage them, it might work out. VO pool noodles? Hmm.


One more thing-- Car covers. Thick ones.
 

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I am the paranoid king of parking.

I find the largest, furthest parking spot. I especially like the spots next to handicap parking because (a) the handicap slots are HUGE and amost always empty and (b) You can gain an inch or two by crowding the yellow lines that delimit the handicap slot. If you are adventurous you can sometimes get away with crowding most of the yellow line, though past a point you risk a ticket, and there is the off chance that some deserving soul with a gigantic vehicle will take up the whole slot and expose your baby to damage.

Study the parking lot. There might be a slightly wider spot somewhere where the geometry didn't quite work out.

Note the wind direction. I have seen clueless people open doors in a strong wind and have the door fly out of their hands to ding the car next to them.

Don't park in the middle of anything. I got hit by some idiot in a landscaping truck who backed halfway across the parking lot to ding the car.

Don't be a jerk and take up two spaces, that is inviting a keying. In fact, don't be annoying in any way if you can avoid it.

Park where you can monitor the car. If you see some idiot approaching, go out and move your car.

If somebody has parked next to you despite your best efforts, double check for dings before driving away. If they got you, you can deal with it if you are aggressive. Don't be a jerk, chances are they didn't mean to ding you, they're just clueless dolts.

Use any available cover. Light poles, trees, trash, derelict vehicles. Dumpsters are great, they usually take up a space and a half and you can use that safe space to your advantage. Just make sure the truck isn't coming to pick up the dumpster, though! I have even toyed with the idea of bringing my own "debris" to place in the spot next to me to discourage door-dingers from parking adjacent. Let us know if you try that and it works!

The key is to put the car far enough away that it is out of the traffic flow, and not in a place that people will want to walk direct to and from their vehicles. Traffic means some numbnuts might drive into you, and foot traffic means subhumans might randomly vandalize your car on the way to buy their hooch. Don't give anyone a reason to walk past your car.

Pay attention to the slope of the parking lot (especially in a supermarket lot). Never park downhill from any occupied spots (because Gooberhead is sure to lose control of his shopping cart and blam!). In shopping center lots there is a corral for the carts-- Often a good thing to park next to, just be sure you are uphill from anything else. Clueless dolts will launch their carts from half a mile away in the vague direction of the corral, which is a problem because the carts are drawn magically towards nice cars. But an uphill slope means the idiot will have to manually put the cart in there, and her probably won't hit your car.

Find another nice car to park next to. If some guy is obviously trying to protect his car, do him a favor and guard the other side. I find that people who care about their cars will generally be careful of another nice car next to them. Just don't park 3 inches away without their permission.

Avoid child care parking lots like the plague. Ditto for any place that teenagers park. Never ever park at the closest spot to anything worth going to, even if the slots are huge.

Bottom line, be paranoid. The world is full of Door Ding Idiots and they are reproducing. They really want to ding your car, but you are smarter than them.
LOL WOW.. you ARE the king of parking... haha.. checking the wind, bringing garbage with you is fantastic! I've had some dope exit her car as I was walking up to my Nitro a year ago and she slammed my car 3 - 4 times with the wind as she was trying to get out with a itty bitty skirt and super high heels. She refused to knowledge that she did damage after I called her on it and gave me attitude.. I was pissed but luckily it was only the rubbery "bumper" part of the car that she hit. That part used to get hit a lot.. I'm worried the mini doesn't have that and thus an instant dent :/

Also another horrendous story.. sometimes I felt I was in a rush, parked beside someone that seemed sketchy "usually a big green van"... surely enough I come back my wheel well was scraped (dodge nitros have big wheel wells that stick out)... So... always follow your instincts...

Another story!! (I'm full of parking stories I guess)... I was at a house party and parked my vehicle on a lawn that had 30 - 50 cars in the winter.. there was nowhere else to park but on a curb... i kept leaving the party to check up on the car.. I was super worried about it. The first time I checked, it was fine.. the second time I checked, someone had put a cup of beer on the back of my bumper... then the 3rd time, when it was time to leave... there was this huuuuuge GASH the size of 2 credit cards side by side scratched all along my wheel wells. GREAT!

Moral of my stories.. if you have a bad feeling.. move your car. Always.
 

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LOL WOW.. you ARE the king of parking... haha.. checking the wind, bringing garbage with you is fantastic! I've had some dope exit her car as I was walking up to my Nitro a year ago and she slammed my car 3 - 4 times with the wind as she was trying to get out with a itty bitty skirt and super high heels. She refused to knowledge that she did damage after I called her on it and gave me attitude.. I was pissed but luckily it was only the rubbery "bumper" part of the car that she hit. That part used to get hit a lot.. I'm worried the mini doesn't have that and thus an instant dent :/
Yeah. Gotta check the wind. Ladies especially, for some reason, seem to not appreciate the likelihood that a strong wind might grab the door out of their hands. But I see it all the time (I study parking lots and the creatures that inhabit them, lol). Park so that the wind is perpendicular and that particular threat can be considered countered.

Wind also blows shopping carts around. That's why you occupy the high ground when shopping carts are hunting for targets.

If it's stormy wind, stay away from trees, though, unless they'll blow away from you if they fall.
 

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If I to a big box store or supermarket, I park as far away as possible banking on the idea that no one will park right next to me. I get a lot of nice walks in this way.

I am obsessed with not getting any dings on my MINI.
 

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If I to a big box store or supermarket, I park as far away as possible banking on the idea that no one will park right next to me. I get a lot of nice walks in this way.

I am obsessed with not getting any dings on my MINI.
That's a good strategy. Dings are an insult to civilization.
 

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I try go with the paranoid parking frame of mind, but I wonder if its worth the worry?

I got keyed (see my recent thread) parked on a Naval base when parked next to a disabled bay which is always empty.

The only reason I can think of as to why this happened is that I stole somebody's favourite spot. I guess you can overthink these things, at the end of the day if someone is a vandal/careless you can't avoid damage to your car unless you've constantly got eyes on it.
 

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Thank you for all the helpful advice. I was talking to someone and they mention that I can get some special sort of coating put on the car that prevents damage chipping paint. They apparently only put it on areas of the car that are most likely to be dinged/scratched.

Anyone heard of this, and what is it called?
 

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There are clear films eg ventureshield that protect from stone chips but won't prevent dents.
 
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I am the paranoid king of parking.

I find the largest, furthest parking spot. I especially like the spots next to handicap parking because (a) the handicap slots are HUGE and amost always empty and (b) You can gain an inch or two by crowding the yellow lines that delimit the handicap slot. If you are adventurous you can sometimes get away with crowding most of the yellow line, though past a point you risk a ticket, and there is the off chance that some deserving soul with a gigantic vehicle will take up the whole slot and expose your baby to damage.

Study the parking lot. There might be a slightly wider spot somewhere where the geometry didn't quite work out.

Note the wind direction. I have seen clueless people open doors in a strong wind and have the door fly out of their hands to ding the car next to them.

Don't park in the middle of anything. I got hit by some idiot in a landscaping truck who backed halfway across the parking lot to ding the car.

Don't be a jerk and take up two spaces, that is inviting a keying. In fact, don't be annoying in any way if you can avoid it.

Park where you can monitor the car. If you see some idiot approaching, go out and move your car.

If somebody has parked next to you despite your best efforts, double check for dings before driving away. If they got you, you can deal with it if you are aggressive. Don't be a jerk, chances are they didn't mean to ding you, they're just clueless dolts.

Use any available cover. Light poles, trees, trash, derelict vehicles. Dumpsters are great, they usually take up a space and a half and you can use that safe space to your advantage. Just make sure the truck isn't coming to pick up the dumpster, though! I have even toyed with the idea of bringing my own "debris" to place in the spot next to me to discourage door-dingers from parking adjacent. Let us know if you try that and it works!

The key is to put the car far enough away that it is out of the traffic flow, and not in a place that people will want to walk direct to and from their vehicles. Traffic means some numbnuts might drive into you, and foot traffic means subhumans might randomly vandalize your car on the way to buy their hooch. Don't give anyone a reason to walk past your car.

Pay attention to the slope of the parking lot (especially in a supermarket lot). Never park downhill from any occupied spots (because Gooberhead is sure to lose control of his shopping cart and blam!). In shopping center lots there is a corral for the carts-- Often a good thing to park next to, just be sure you are uphill from anything else. Clueless dolts will launch their carts from half a mile away in the vague direction of the corral, which is a problem because the carts are drawn magically towards nice cars. But an uphill slope means the idiot will have to manually put the cart in there, and her probably won't hit your car.

Find another nice car to park next to. If some guy is obviously trying to protect his car, do him a favor and guard the other side. I find that people who care about their cars will generally be careful of another nice car next to them. Just don't park 3 inches away without their permission.

Avoid child care parking lots like the plague. Ditto for any place that teenagers park. Never ever park at the closest spot to anything worth going to, even if the slots are huge.

Bottom line, be paranoid. The world is full of Door Ding Idiots and they are reproducing. They really want to ding your car, but you are smarter than them.
Uke, you got it right!
I remember with my previous Mini, I stopped in the supermarket on the way to work to get some lunch (car was about two weeks old from new at the time).
Picture this;
1. This is a huge superstore (UK standards) with a large car park.
2. I parked my car in a space that was at least around 200 feet in any direction - no cars for about 3-4 rows front or back and about 25-30 spaces either side of me.
3. I was in the shop for 10 minutes max.
4. You probably guessed, when I came out there was a car in the bay right next to mine - all other spaces mentioned still empty!

I duly checked the car and all was ok (no dents or make etc), but what kind of person would drive into a huge and almost empty car park like that and park right next to another vehicle?
I swear if it ever happens again and I see someone doing this I will have a talk with them to try and understand.
Do you think they had separation anxiety or something?
Now if it were another Mini that would be ok, but to this day it still troubles me.

In the past I have seen vehicles bumping, Trolleys (shopping cart) damage, door hits, and on one occasion a woman dragging her handbag and keys against another car.

My wife thinks I am paranoid but some people have no respect for other peoples property and that really makes me get angry.
So I am with you, but would also like to add - if the place is too busy I just drive right out and leave the shopping for another day......
 

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what kind of person would drive into a huge and almost empty car park like that and park right next to another vehicle?
I swear if it ever happens again and I see someone doing this I will have a talk with them to try and understand.
Do you think they had separation anxiety or something?
Now if it were another Mini that would be ok, but to this day it still troubles me.
I hear you. It's almost like they feel compelled to park next to the one car that is apart from the others. Why? Maybe it's "there's a nice car, let's get a closer look". Or maybe they're as paranoid as we are but don't stop to think that if they park next us we might ding them. It's irrational.
 
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