7 simple ways to avoid damage to your vehicle
It’s a scenario we all know too well. We return to our vehicle with our shopping to find that there is a new scratch or dent or other damage to it. Some time we don’t find the paint damage until we wash or polish our car, but we are sure we didn’t do it. It means a scratch repair must be arranged when we could have maybe avoided it.
On a recent trip to the shopping centre, my wife returned to her car to find three people waiting at it. They had witnessed someone damage my wife’s car and drive off, and were kind enough to take down the vehicle’s registration. Whilst the offender’s insurance company paid for the damage, it still caused my wife distress and a great amount of inconvenience.
As a result of this incident, I have put a few tips together to hopefully help you avoid a scratch or dent, or other damage to your vehicle. Here we go.
1. Avoid damage to your vehicle by trying not to park next to trade and construction vehicles.
Whilst not trying to signal any group out as culprits, I have unfortunately been the victim of a stray ladder being taken off the top of a van that found its way into my car door. I’m sure most tradespeople are careful when removing tools or equipment from their vehicles, but it only takes one slip and the damage is done.
2. Avoid damage to your vehicle by trying not to park next to shopping trolley bays.
In a perfect world, all of us would be conscientious enough and ensure that our shopping trolleys were placed securely in the storage bays, but unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometime shopping trolleys that haven’t been correctly placed, can have a mind of their own and make their way across the carpark into your vehicle. If there is another spot further away, walk the few extra few steps and protect your vehicle.
3. Avoid damage to your vehicle by trying not to parking next to stray shopping trolleys
As mentioned, shopping trolleys can have a mind of their own. It might only take a small gust and you return to your vehicle to find a trolley pushed up against it. It doesn’t take much to dislodge them. If you see a stray trolley, put it in its storage bay. It will only take thirty seconds of your life and you get to help yourself or someone avoid having their paint damaged and maybe having to go through car paint repair.
4. Avoid damage to your vehicle by giving parents enough room if the vehicle next to you has child seats in it.
I know this may be controversial, but I have witnessed a door flung open by an energetic toddler’s foot resulting in damage to the vehicle they were parked next to. This may be only a rare occasion, but when it does happen you don’t want it to be you. so give plenty of room or maybe pick another parking place. Better to be safe than sorry.
5. Avoid damage to your vehicle by trying not to park next to 4WD or trucks.
I’m sure I’m going to upset someone here, but damage by opened doors is extremely common, particularly with vehicles that sit higher off the ground. I have done it myself, my eye line saw nothing in it, but the bottom of the door touched the vehicle next to me. Fortunately, I was able to fix the paint scratch, but it was embarrassing and unnecessary. So my tip is don’t park next to me when I’m in a 4WD, and it might be wisdom to avoid parking next to 4WD’s or other high sitting vehicles such as trucks.
6. Avoid damage to your vehicle by trying not to park alongside plants or under trees and powerlines
We often have to cut and polish vehicles that have bush scratches on them caused by rubbing up against plants and this can easily be avoided. We also regularly have to perform paint repair on vehicles that have had their vehicle’s paint damaged by bird and bat droppings as a result of parking under a tree or power line. This is a hard one and sometimes can’t be avoided. Birds and bats like to use anything under them as a toilet, they don’t discriminate what that is, or in my case last week in the park, who it is! If you are in the unfortunate situation where you have bird dropping or bat droppings on your paintwork, be sure to wash it off immediately with water as the acid in the dropping can cause your paint to discolour, and if left untreated can cause deterioration of the paint’s clear coat, possibly resulting in the panel having to be repainted.
7. Avoid damage to your vehicle by trying not to park parallel to reversing vehicles
This is another difficult one to avoid in some carparks, but I try to avoid it when I can, and if it means taking an extra few steps stroll to the shops, I do. A few weeks ago, I was in a hire car and it didn’t have reverse sensors. Not thinking, I was just reversing back and fortunately my passenger alerted me to fact that I was about to T-bone the car parked across from me. It’s not the only occasion I have nearly done this. It is more likely to happen in real tight car parks. The best bet it to hunt around for another spot. There is usually a reason a parallel spot is left, and the reason is cautious drivers have avoided it to prevent the possible damage.
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Hopefully these 7 simple ways to avoid damage to your vehicle will help you avoid damage to your vehicle and even pain in your wallet, but despite all our care, sometimes damage can still happen, if this is the case don’t hesitate to call 1300 283 333 or click HERE for assistance. We have trained technicians from Perth to Busselton, Sydney to Newcastle and the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast.