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Why I'm thinking of sideswiping a guard rail...

Sigh.

Another door ding today, pretty large dent.

What is with people? I park a long way away from stores, etc. and never see anyone next to me, then I find this crap. This is the sixth thing like this.

Nicest car I've ever owned, only one that's ever had this much crap happen to it. I should've bought the Tc, it would probably still be like new.

The heck with it. Maybe I'll just sideswipe a guard rail and trash one entire side, then I won't worry about it anymore.

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If you trash one side you fill find a fresh ding on the other side I bet.
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Go all James Bond high tech on it.

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Sigh. Another door ding today, pretty large dent....
Daggone it Greg, mine is the nicest car I've ever had too, and I'd be beside myself if that happened to me, but not quite ready to sideswipe a guardrail

Like you wrote, I always park far away from the stores in their parking lots and I guess I have been fortunate that this ding business has not happened to me (crossing my fingers and saying a little prayer at the moment).

For what it's worth, I hear that the Ding Wizard franchises do a remarkable job, obviously without us having to re-paint the affected body panels. I don't know about you, but I value my factory-original MB paint job highly, and would not want some "Joe Blow's Body Shop" doing a re-paint job.

Here's hoping you sort this out to your satisfaction,

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Yeah, I've already had some of the previous things cleared up by a PDR guy. The current one is too big for that, it's like $1,200 in damage. And the newest one looks like a $150 or so PDR repair, but what's the use until I'm ready to fix the big nasty one?

Since the worst dent is on the left front, if I do the ugly sideswipe thing on the right then there won't be a clean surface on the car to gather a new one.

Darn people, anyway. You just can't have anything nice anymore.

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Dude that blows, I refuse to take out my car if I'm going to park it to go to the mall or any place where there are teens, or, in general a high amount of people. The only time I'd ever park it next to a car is if I HAD to and if it's more expensive than mine.

I'll take it out to some place that has valet, but I'll give them a little more cash to let me park it myself. Otherwise, I'm either taking it to work and parking a few isle down and away from every one, or I'm taking it out just to drive for a few hours.

But yea, if it's the mall (which I only go to during the day, on a weekday), a diner, 90% of the time to work, during rush hour, the supermarket, the gym, anywhere, I take my daily driver.

I say, you hide in your car one day, and if someone dings it you just come out and clobber them and then kick their door panels in, get some ice cream and then go home.
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Ever notice that when you drive a nice car, you can park in the fartherest parking spot with no other cars in site and when you come back out, they're cars parked all around you. But when I drive my old POS 1974 Ford farm truck, thats more rust than metal and paint, I can park in the closest parking space, and when I come back out of Wal-mart, no one is parked next to me.

Heres a hint...always park next to a car more valuable than yours. Maybe the owner of the BMW, Lexus, etc will not want to hurt his car by giving you a door ding.

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Yeah, I've already had some of the previous things cleared up by a PDR guy. The current one is too big for that, it's like $1,200 in damage. And the newest one looks like a $150 or so PDR repair, but what's the use until I'm ready to fix the big nasty one?

Since the worst dent is on the left front, if I do the ugly sideswipe thing on the right then there won't be a clean surface on the car to gather a new one.

Darn people, anyway. You just can't have anything nice anymore.

You could just roll the car. Then you wouldn't have to worry about hail damage on your roof or rock chips in the windsheild :-)

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Yea, getting dinged in a parking lot really sucks. However, in the Bay Area, it is almost a given. Just look at how some of the people drive at the malls. I very seldom drive the SL to the mall unless it's to make a quick trip to the bank. Even then, I go early in the morning, park in an end space and away from other cars. Drove the SL to Costco one time and parked way out in the boonies. When I came back 30 minutes later, some jerk parked next to me in a beater Toyota. No damage but no other cars within 15 spaces each way. We just try to take our Honda to shop. I wanted to buy a new E series for my wife, but she doesn't want one because she wouldn't feel comfortable driving it to the mall.
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Here's a possible solution - magnetic door guards that you put on in parking lots.

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