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Old 02-27-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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So what is it with idiots in parking lots and doors?

So we've had our 9-7X Aero less than 6 months and this past Monday my wife, twins and I ran into a local store. I usually park it at the farthest reaches of a parking lot, but with a pair of 10 month old twins, we didn't want to subject them to the high winds that day.

The lot was relatively empty, and we found a slot close to the front door with the driver's side adjacent to a curb.

We're in there perhaps an hour and return to the car. To my wife's horror she finds not a door "ding" on the passenger side, but a CREASE and a nice vertical white paint smear on the metalic black of the 9-7X!!!

What the hell???

Car had long since gone, no note, nothing. No one respects other people's property anymore...

Goes in for repairs next week. Wish me luck in matching the paint...
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Some people just astonish me, they're totally oblivious to what's around them. You have to slap em upside across the head to wake them up and even then they give that dumbfounded huh?? look on their ugly mugs. Idiots
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Did you check with the store? Most grocery stores these days have at least one security camera that looks at the lot. Might be worth a shot.

Some people really do suck.
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Did you check with the store? Most grocery stores these days have at least one security camera that looks at the lot. Might be worth a shot.

Some people really do suck.
Yeah, I'd thought of that and plan on going back to check their tapes. Hopefully we can get the guy, but I doubt it seriously: Whatever hit us was on the far side of the car relative to the store and any security cameras that may have seen anything.

But who knows? I may get lucky.
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Some people just astonish me, they're totally oblivious to what's around them. You have to slap em upside across the head to wake them up and even then they give that dumbfounded huh?? look on their ugly mugs. Idiots
I do have mild dreams of taking the imaginary baseball bat and giving it a good swing at a mellon-head sometimes. (Heh, heh!) But then reality smacks me in the back of the head instead...
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I hate people who just take off like nothing happened. One of my old cars was shaved and had a custom paint job, and 3 days before I was to enter a big show, a dude with a ghetto lean was trying to back into a spot next to my car with his 80s Chrysler Landyacht. He ended up hitting my car, cracking and flaking the paint and putting a nice crease in quarter panel. I found his car later, parked next to (my car was four door... with pointy back doors) and conveniently had to get in my rear passenger door. His car got a nice return wack. I then moved my car. Eye for an eye. ugh.
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Sorry to hear about the door on your 9-7

I had a similar thing happen.

It was within 2 weeks of buying my Aero... Parked at work at the faaaaaaaar end of the work parking lot during a freak spring storm (patriots day storm if anyone in NE remembers). Anyways, 60-70mph winds took a shopping cart that some asshat woman left in the parking lot and it sailed across the lot and left a foot long crease in my door.

The store I worked for denied responsibility and wouldn't pay for it (Best Buy). Also, it was not on Camera (so they say), and the store manager had no intention of helping me since the repair would've come off the store's bottom line. Thankfully when my wheel fell off last winter the door crease got fixed at the same time.
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i had a weird one...
Went down to the university of Illinois for my sister's annual halloween party... I wasn't too excited about parking on the street overnight, but went ahead with it anyway. the next morning.. errr afternoon.. comes around and I go out to my car, what do I find? someone with a converse, probably about a size 10-12 kicked my rear quarter panel. it was a clear shoe print in the light dust/dirt that was on the paint. I was beyond pissed. The crazy thing is, she lives in a neighborhood with families and older people... not exactly the typical college town drunk area.


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Goes in for repairs next week. Wish me luck in matching the paint...
Matching the paint depends on where the crease is and who's doing the spraying. If they spray the whole door with color, the likelihood of matching is less. If they blend the color, chances are greater. If the crease is near the edge of the door, then blending into the next panel might be necessary. This of course would require clearing the creased door and the panel they are blending into. The painter at the last body shop I worked was anal about color matching. Let's hope whomever you take it to is the same way.
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Few years ago I was with my fam in mountains. We parked in a lot for like 4hrs and left to ski.
we come back and see a ding on a door. But there was also a note under the wiper with an apology and number to contact about it. That guy paid about 50 more just for our hassle fixing it.


But it was in Austria or Slovakia, I dont remember
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:30 AM   #11
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I have about a dozen little dings in my doors on my ng900 vert. There have been times where I would be SITTING IN MY CAR and someone would wack my car with their door and then make eye contact after. Then they would just... walk away... I got out one time and threatened to call the police after taking pictures and they paid up. But it wont get rid of the other 11.

Good luck with the black matching, thats always a difficult task
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Matching the paint depends on where the crease is and who's doing the spraying. If they spray the whole door with color, the likelihood of matching is less. If they blend the color, chances are greater. If the crease is near the edge of the door, then blending into the next panel might be necessary. This of course would require clearing the creased door and the panel they are blending into. The painter at the last body shop I worked was anal about color matching. Let's hope whomever you take it to is the same way.
Heya DM! Well, the good news as far as paint shops is I'm taking it to the shop that did both C900's for me. Of course in those cases, there was no "matching" issues at all. The entire cars were sprayed.

He's also done some repair work to the GTO's roof and did a great job with a very similar color to the 9-7X's: "Phantom Black Metalic" on the Poncho looks to be about the same as "Carbon Flash Metalic" on the Trollblazer.

And I trust Paul, the paint shop owner. He's always stood behind his work and if there are any issues after the fact, he fixes it.
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Sorry to hear about the door on your 9-7

I had a similar thing happen.

It was within 2 weeks of buying my Aero... Parked at work at the faaaaaaaar end of the work parking lot during a freak spring storm (patriots day storm if anyone in NE remembers). Anyways, 60-70mph winds took a shopping cart that some asshat woman left in the parking lot and it sailed across the lot and left a foot long crease in my door.

The store I worked for denied responsibility and wouldn't pay for it (Best Buy). Also, it was not on Camera (so they say), and the store manager had no intention of helping me since the repair would've come off the store's bottom line. Thankfully when my wheel fell off last winter the door crease got fixed at the same time.
how is that the ladies fault?

today i was parked in a spot at the post office, some bitch in a jeep liberty parked into my spot, and when i opened my door it accidentally hit her car leaving a noticable ding. whoops, i guess i better be more careful next time!


good luck with the paint matching, it seems like it shouldnt be too hard as its almost new right?
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how is that the ladies fault?

Because she was too lazy to take the cart 5 feet to the cart return!!!

Also as I understand it, most places are liable for
damages in situations like this, at least that's what Best Buy corporate told me, but it was up to the store manager to pay (asshat!!!).
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i was sitting in my SE in a parking lot and some middle age guy litterly throws open his door to get his fat ass outta the car. lol, i must looked like hell, too i had just lifted and gone trail running and was covered in sweat and mudd.

i was in the parking lot flippin out on the guy, when my friends pulled in who were meeting me. imagine this guys horror when he is getting flipped out on by a another guy, then 3 20 something guys show up and all pile out of the car to see what i'm going on about.

guy paid up and like a extra $100 to get it fixed.
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Because she was too lazy to take the cart 5 feet to the cart return!!!
Well put! My Mom and I seem to have a pet peeve about this! Actually, we were at Meijer the other day and saw a lady who "looked like" she would leave her cart.(Judging, yes, but some stereotypes are more reinforced than others). My Mother asked "do you think we should sit here for a minute and wait to see what she does?" So we waited, myself subtley emphasizing that I was "texting"(changing some settings, actually). The lady started to walk away after continually peeking at us and as my Mom grinned and turned the car off, the patron-of-laziness (stereotype reinforcement!) get's that expected look on her face as if she's done too muxh for this world and brings the cart two spaces over to the cart-corral! We had a good laugh, anyway!

When I worked at Target I would volunteer to, or occasionally be asked to, when I was not very busy, do the job of cart attendant.. When they started calling me in like I was on payroll for that, I became annoyed, but generally went in. I didn't want to because when they needed somebody, generally it was on the hottest/most humid or rainiest or coldest or heaviest hailing of days! But at least I saved some cars, considering about 65% of carts were NOT put away!
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:05 AM   #18
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Paintless dent repair. It works trust me Unless paint was removed from your door, you should be good. Take a look at what can be done... No worries about paint match and the factory paint is kept. The paint left on your car from the car that hit yours can be buffed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7JprFshq2A

Good luck man, I know how annoying that feels, this same thing happened to me more times than I care to remember. People have no respect for other people's property.
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Eye for an eye I say. I've had a couple vehicles I've owned get hit by other cars doors. Any time I notice a ding or if the person in the parking spot next to me is a lil close, I return the favor. It makes them think twice about lettin the door fly open or parking that close next time.
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Within a week of having my Saab in the US I had TWO dings on my right rear door, up at the top right on the crease. Grocery store parking lots FTL. Like the OP I park as far as I can from other cars or find cars as nice or nicer than mine to park next to. Yesterday when I came out of the grocery store someone in a yellow 08 2.0T vert had parked next to me.

A few years ago I came out of a store to find some woman with her car door right up against the door on my 95 Grand Cherokee, luckily it was on the plastic cladding at the bottom of the door. But that didn't stop me from giving her a ration of shit. She glared at me the whole time I was loading groceries in my car, like I was the inconsiderate shitheel.

When I flew back to Copenhagen after my grandpas funeral in 2006 some guy in a 9-5 had parked so close to me that I couldn't even get in the drivers side of my car. I had to get in the passenger door and climb over the center console. I opened my door about three inches and left him a "present". Mean, I know, but I'd been traveling for 28 hours with a 5 hour layover in Heathrow and was just not in the mood for asshatery.
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