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Saruman 09-17-2004 07:23 PM

Door ding close call
I park way out in the boonies at grocery stores, etc. to avoid the drivers who open their car doors like a Canada Goose taking off. I also apply magnetized door protectors when I have to park between cars.

Yesterday I was at Barnes and Noble. I parked and slapped on the protector passenger's side (the other side was against an island with bushes), having parked close because it was raining buckets. After I walked in the front door I stopped and realized I'd left the cell in the car. As I watched, a large woman pulled up beside my Prius in a Ford Explorer, threw open her door full open SO HARD IT KNOCKED THE MAGNETIC GUARD OFF THE DOOR. She fumbled with an umbrella and noticed the protector. SHE THEN KICKED IT UNDER MY CAR AFTER REALIZING SHE HAD WUMPED IT OFF MINE.

I met her halfway in and confronted her, saying politely that I had watched her wump my car. I told her that if she was lucky and the plastic she kicked under my car had worked, she would not have to pay for any bodywork. Her mouth fell open and she mumbled something about rain and umbrella and it was not her problem. Of course I was ready to call the police.

I checked my door and no marks were evident. The plastic guard had no marks. I also noticed that she had parked ALMOST ON THE WHITE LINE SEPARATING THE SPACES.

The $35 I paid for the guards is now justified. Yes they look goofy in parking lot, and yes they could be easily stolen, but hey... no ding!!!!

vegas1 09-17-2004 07:26 PM

You are being very nice and not retaliated. Inconsiderate people do not deserve to be treated so nicely.

melgish 09-17-2004 07:42 PM

Saruman, where did you get those guards?

While I was in Atlanta cowering in fear of mother nature, I watched out our hotel wiindow as a woman was unloading her car next to mine.

Her kid had his hand between the end of her door and my Prius, preventing contact between the two vehicles. I thought about yelling down to thanks, but didn't have the window open yet.

Later, we went down to the car and I noticed a 6 inch long verticle scratch at about the point where the door would have been. The kid must have seen the end of his mother's car door rubbing up and down against my Prius...

Or possibly his mother saw it and told him to keep it from getting worse but the damage was done.

Brian 09-17-2004 11:25 PM

Yeah, I want some. I got a ding in a parking lot a couple weeks ago. Please tell us!!!

karenann 09-17-2004 11:37 PM

Saruman wrote:"I park way out in the boonies at grocery stores, etc. to avoid the drivers who open their car doors like a Canada Goose taking off. I also apply magnetized door protectors when I have to park between cars."

I want those magnetized door protectors too! No matter how far over you park in your spot, someone will come and practically park in your lines right next to your door. It's Murphy's Law-- and a rotten one at that.

Give us the info on ordering those door protectors. Many thanks.

Saruman 09-18-2004 12:30 AM

Here is the link:

Brian 09-18-2004 11:44 AM

Those look great. Are they long enough to cover most of the two doors on each side, or should I order 4 and line them up, 2 by 2? :D
Better than have Dent-Master come out!!!

Joel 09-19-2004 11:45 AM

I'm glad you caught that person - most door dings happen with the perpetrator never being punished or making proper restitution. Accidents happen, but taking responsibility for your actions is a problem our society as a whole seems to have.

Living in Houston - one of the most obese if not the most obese cities in America - I have the misfortune of having to pay hundreds of dollars a year to repair "ding" type damages caused by overweight people who have to open their door all-the-way just to start to get out. Of course they could care less about damage they cause.

chris 09-19-2004 09:03 PM

Back in the day when we had just gotten it, I scraped our new 2003 on the concrete retaining wall of our narrow driveway. Caught **** from the wife over that, but in almost 2 years since, we've been dinged countless times parking in the city and taken plenty of tar and stones on new roads in Newfoundland on our road trip to Labrador (Probably the first Prius in those parts, met another tourist waiting in line for the ferry who said his wife would'nt let him bring his). None of it bothers her anymore.

The first thing I'll do when we trade in our 2003 for the new 2019, is take the key to it (if they still come with a key ...) and get it over with. It is quite liberating not having to live in fear.

KURT 09-19-2004 09:32 PM

Door Dings
That looks great but at 25 inches long and the way people park, you'd almost need 4 for each side (front and rear fender and front and rear doors). I would use them religiosly at first but am afraid that after a while I'd get lazy and not use them. I think I'll hire 2, heavily armed guards and have them posted on each side of the car.

I've been driving her for 5 weeks now and she's still FLAWLESS. The first one is sure gonna hurt!!! I dread the day. :cry:

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