Done with expensive cars as daily drivers!

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Rant warning! Every week I wash my car and notice a new nick, scratch, or scuff on the car. It's upsetting every week! Not saying I wouldn't be upset if it happened to a 20k forte but when it happens to a 30+k charger it is even more irritating and flat out me off. I always park far away from people when possible but none the less today I noticed a door ding/scuff on the passenger side door. It isn't worth it to have a really nice car just to have it get beat up on a weekly basis. From now on no more performance/muscle/sports/pseudo-sports cars as daily drivers for me. Those will be left as summer weekend warrior garage queens. Nice economy cars for daily drivers from now on. I.e Focus, Cruze, Forte, 3 or 6, etc.
 
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Hate that!! Buy a Saturn like I did. Dent resistant plastic body panels & a great gas saver! thumbsup
 
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I have moved on to purchasing 4-5 year old decent used vehicles. I don't get bent out of shape with damage as they typically have a little here and there. Even an inexpensive new car under 5 years would bother me if it had damage.
 

JHZR2

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I have no such problems, besides when they did an unannounced construction project at the airport and put a tarp over my car. Must be your workplace or the type of people around where you work. It is doable... I have 30 year old cars without a dent or scratch. I wouldnt want a beater that actually looks like it was beat. Yet even more care may be necessary. No big deal when you get used to it. Good luck!
 

RamFan

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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
I have no such problems, besides when they did an unannounced construction project at the airport and put a tarp over my car. Must be your workplace or the type of people around where you work. It is doable... I have 30 year old cars without a dent or scratch. I wouldnt want a beater that actually looks like it was beat. Yet even more care may be necessary. No big deal when you get used to it. Good luck!
Location is a college campus, thus inconsiderate are a dime a dozen.
 
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Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Hate that!! Buy an older, original Saturn like I did. Dent resistant plastic body panels & a great gas saver! thumbsup
fixed. and that only covers dings anyway. I've had a '93 coupe, a L200 and a VUE, all had scratches in the plastic panels. I see plenty of saturns w/ cracked panels too, that doesn't happen w/ steel smile
 
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Imagine how much worse you might feel had you purchased a really expensive German or Italian speaking vehicle? I feel your pain, though. Since most retail establishments have parking lots sized for the day after Thanksgiving or 12/24, you can usually find a space way out in the middle of nowhere, and your car is usually safe. Still, it is always irritating to discover a new door ding or a fresh scrape on a bumper. All I can tell you is that cars are made to drive and use, and some minor damage inflicted by careless and disrespectful people seems to be a part of the deal. It may also be that a flashy car attracts some semi-intentional damage, especially in an economy where so many have suffered privation, even if often self-inflicted. Drive what you like, and get to know a PDR guy. It would be a shame to have to drive a car you don't really like simply due to the foolishness of others.
 
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Fact is people today have far less consideration than days of old. I've waited for my girlfriend to go into a store while I waited in the parking lot. I see at least one or two people almost every trip just open up the car door and let it rest on another persons car. Mostly females...always in a psycho hurry or have some kid in tow that gives them an excuse to be inconsiderate. I had some 10 year old kid open his door right onto my car one time. I rolled my window down and asked him in a stern voice to PLEASE not bang my car with his door. His mother gave me a VERY angry look like I was attacking her kid. Gotta love people.
 

JHZR2

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Originally Posted By: RamFan
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
I have no such problems, besides when they did an unannounced construction project at the airport and put a tarp over my car. Must be your workplace or the type of people around where you work. It is doable... I have 30 year old cars without a dent or scratch. I wouldnt want a beater that actually looks like it was beat. Yet even more care may be necessary. No big deal when you get used to it. Good luck!
Location is a college campus, thus inconsiderate [censored] are a dime a dozen.
Absolutely, and parking is nonexistant.
 
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Another point of view: Enjoy your car while it is new. Keep it a long time. Understand that it will deteriorate. I prefer to drive what I like and commute/shop in it. I can't stand driving beaters, while the nice "fun to drive" car sits home. I prefer convertibles. Driving one daily can be taxing. However, when that nice day, with proper conditions is there.... I'm not stuck in an 88 Escort with broken air conditioning.
 
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My problem is that with only 3/4's of a mile of gravel to my house I get tons (hundreds) of little nicks in the paint behind the wheel wells. Big mud flaps help but they are so ugly. We still usually by new what we want/can afford and just live with the depreciation. Hate to see it though.
 

Al

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Originally Posted By: DreamerGT
I use to go though the samething brotha
+1. I do need a decent vehicle for my trips. I buy a middle of the road vehicle (08 Subaru-new). I keep it clean but don't worry about polishing etc. I just keep it mechanically perfect. Life is too short to pay any attention to cars for me.
 
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I had a brand new pearl white Caddy a few years ago and the poor car was a target for every idiot that liked to throw their door open. Even when i parked it way down the lot at the store away from any other cars some idiot in a 79 AMC rust bucket would park right next to me within inches of my door and ding it or someone let a shopping cart go from way up the lot aimed right at it. Within 6 mo i had 2K worth of body damage from parking lots. Its deliberate no doubt about it.
 
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