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Old 01-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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So there you are…Sitting in your spotless HEMI ride in a parking lot. Perhaps waiting to pick-up a family member or meeting someone for lunch. Another truck, or car, pulls-in the space next to your parking space and WHAM!!! They open the door of their ride against yours and go about their business without a concern about what they just did.

Now in all fairness I am going to add the type of occupant(s) that just severely ding your ride.

A.) A person of same built and age as you.
B.) An elderly person in their 70’s or more.
C.) A soccer mom with 3 screaming kids
D.) A young person in their teens with friend(s)
E.) A person, for some reason, you might consider armed.
F.) And finally, someone you know (neighbor, friend, family, co-worker)

What do you do? Would you confront and say something? Would you just give them a dirty look from where you sit? Would you just look straight ahead like nothing happened?

In the case of “What would you do” the idea to retaliate is out. After-all, two wrongs don’t make a right in this case and it doesn’t take your new dent out or make that 1” long scratch go away.

In my case:

A.) Confront and say something.
B.) Confront and say something in a gentle way.
C.) Confront and say something and if she starts to give the look of going psycho step away.
D.) Confront and say something knowing this could turn ugly.
E.) Confront and say something in a very busy place.
F.) Confront and say something knowing what I could risk losing.

I hate door dings! They’re tough and costly to deal with out of pocket. I even had people at car shows open the door of their show car against mine (100+ trophies to date) and act like it’s no big deal.

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Old 01-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #2
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So there you are…Sitting in your spotless HEMI ride in a parking lot. Perhaps waiting to pick-up a family member or meeting someone for lunch. Another truck, or car, pulls-in the space next to your parking space and WHAM!!! They open the door of their ride against yours and go about their business without a concern about what they just did.

Now in all fairness I am going to add the type of occupant(s) that just severely ding your ride.

A.) A person of same built and age as you.
B.) An elderly person in their 70’s or more.
C.) A soccer mom with 3 screaming kids
D.) A young person in their teens with friend(s)
E.) A person, for some reason, you might consider armed.
F.) And finally, someone you know (neighbor, friend, family, co-worker)

What do you do? Would you confront and say something? Would you just give them a dirty look from where you sit? Would you just look straight ahead like nothing happened?

In the case of “What would you do” the idea to retaliate is out. After-all, two wrongs don’t make a right in this case and it doesn’t take your new dent out or make that 1” long scratch go away.

In my case:

A.) Confront and say something.
B.) Confront and say something in a gentle way.
C.) Confront and say something and if she starts to give the look of going psycho step away.
D.) Confront and say something knowing this could turn ugly.
E.) Confront and say something in a very busy place.
F.) Confront and say something knowing what I could risk losing.

I hate door dings! They’re tough and costly to deal with out of pocket. I even had people at car shows open the door of their show car against mine (100+ trophies to date) and act like it’s no big deal.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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Jim,
I am very very careful where I park and I have had careless individuals bump my truck. I am vocal about carefless behavior and depending on their response will determine how intense the discussion will be.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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First I would check the damage. If it is going to require repair I would let them know about it and ask for their insurance information. Then depending on their attitude and demeanor I would politely let them know how inconsiderate I think they are.
There is no excuse for being careless and damaging someones else's property.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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ask for their insurance information. There is no excuse for being careless and damaging someones else's property.

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #6
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Interesting scenarios! I always park away from the front areas if I can... and when we go out to eat I always sit by a window so I can keep an eye on the truck. One day we were at a restaurant and I noticed an elderly person (about Doug's age) pull up right next to the truck and sure enough - pops the door into the truck. I went outside and looked at the door before they left their car. Luckily there were no visible signs (dents) - but the elderly person realized what she done and apologized. I said politely that no harm was done... but don't *!&^#@!* do it again
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:25 PM   #8
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I've had many dings over the years, but my one single horror story was right after I had my truck's body completely detailed in a body shop which included painting and multiple coats of clear coat over some serious hand rubbing and polishing. I had parked Red in a far corner of a large parking lot. No one was within 10-15 spaces. I come out after about 15 minutes and I see an older sedan next to Red. As I got closer I could see the car was really close and sure enough the open rear door was jammed up against the truck with a women changing daipers of an infant. She had her fat *** pushing against the door as she struggled with the baby. Might note there still was open spaces all around both vehicles.
I asked her for her insurance information and she tells me she doesn't have any insurance. I told her I would report her to DMV and did. The door damage was $375 if I remember right.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #9
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I gave up worrying about door dings a long time ago. I have what MrHemi would refer to as a "50 foot truck" now. It looks good from a distance, but pretty haggard up close.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:17 AM   #10
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I just try not to take the truck to places occupied by the ignorant. In other words...the truck doesn't spend much time in a public parking lots.

When damage is incurred at such a place, not a lot you can do about it with out escalating the situation.
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