Roughly half of all car dents occur in a parking lot, at least based on our observation. It’s commonplace for clients to bring their cars to our auto body repair shop and complain about the new dent that occurred at the grocery store. In the past, we’ve discussed how to prevent dents from runaway shopping carts. This time around, we’ll discuss parking strategies for avoiding car dents.
Avoiding Car Dents 101: Park Away From Other Vehicles
If you’re like most of us, you look for a parking spot nearest to the store. After all, you’re usually in a hurry, right? Or it’s raining or could. But we recommend the opposite. The further away you park from other vehicles–and from the door–the safer your car will be.
Minimize Exposure to Other Doors
As you’re looking for a place to park, choose a motorcycle over an SUV–no doors. When the choice is between a compact sedan and a full-size pickup, choose the smaller; it gives you more clearance space. On the other hand, if you must park next to a large vehicle, park closer to it. Yes, this sounds crazy, but less space means less momentum for an opening door to slam into your car. Last, try to park next to a two-door vehicle. One door per side of a car means half the risk.
We’ll Handle an Existing Dent in Mill Creek
Contact us at NW Auto Rebuild in Lynnwood to repair a dent your car sustained during a trip to the local grocery store. We’ll work with your insurance partner to make repairs affordable. Use our parking strategies to avoid dents and minimize blemishing your beautiful auto paint.
Avoiding Car Dents: We’ll Repair Them When They Happen in Mill Creek
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