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Old 08-14-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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Is it better to park far away or closer to the building in a parking lot?

I got my car on Wednesday, and it is my daily driver. I'm a little worried about leaving it in the parking lot while I'm at work, although I'm sure it will be fine lol.

I work in a Pharmacy. But is it better to park in the front? I think this way there is less of a chance of someone trying to steal it since there are a lot of people around, but more of a chance of someone hitting it with their car door, etc.

Or should I park further away?
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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Closer in. Douches seem more tempted to mess with a car if it's parked out by itself. It's just more noticeable than if it's parked with other cars. Sure you might get the occasional door ding but its better than some asshole sending a shopping cart at your car, in my opinion.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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PARK WERE EVER U LIKE STILL SOME DUMMY WILL COME PARK NEXT TO U
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:11 AM   #4
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I got my car on Wednesday, and it is my daily driver. I'm a little worried about leaving it in the parking lot while I'm at work, although I'm sure it will be fine lol.

I work in a Pharmacy. But is it better to park in the front? I think this way there is less of a chance of someone trying to steal it since there are a lot of people around, but more of a chance of someone hitting it with their car door, etc.

Or should I park further away?
here nyc lot of crazy people don't know how to drive so you should park the car in a place where you can see it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:16 AM   #5
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i agree i went in to pep boys to show the car to my mechanic when i first got it now i parked in the last row of the 3 they have nothing on either side and the whole parking lot was pretty much empty as i am inside talking to him some A$$ clown decides to pull in and park in the spot right next to my camaro. so hes walking around looking at it and walks into the store and i said is there some reason of all the empty parking spots in the lot you have to park right next to my brand new car? and he says settle down bro i just wanted to get a good look at it and i said you could look at it i dont care about that but you didnt have to park right next to it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:33 AM   #7
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i agree i went in to pep boys to show the car to my mechanic when i first got it now i parked in the last row of the 3 they have nothing on either side and the whole parking lot was pretty much empty as i am inside talking to him some A$$ clown decides to pull in and park in the spot right next to my camaro. so hes walking around looking at it and walks into the store and i said is there some reason of all the empty parking spots in the lot you have to park right next to my brand new car? and he says settle down bro i just wanted to get a good look at it and i said you could look at it i dont care about that but you didnt have to park right next to it.
Parking lots are public, who are you to tell someone where they can park ? like it or not, you take your chances that's all.... If you approached me like that, I'd have to tell you " Screw you bud " ......
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:36 AM   #8
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Since I've had mine when I go out to dinner I park in front of the place and then ask to be seated by the window so I can watch the car. I haven't braved a trip to the mall yet and I may take my impala when I do. When I went to the grocery store I parked at the end of the lot and took up two spaces. Yes, I did what most people (including myself) have bitched about other people doing but I didn't want to chance it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:36 AM   #9
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Leave it at home if you plan to go shopping and leave it in a parking lot. Its the reason I have 2 cars. I use the Camaro to drive around town or to someones house. If I know I am going somewhere that I will need to park in a parking lot, I leave the Camaro at home. With the a$$hats out there now, I am not taking my chances. People have no regard for other peoples vehicles.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:37 AM   #10
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I prefer to park further away with at least one side along a curb. Less chance of door dings. If someone's going to steal it, they're gonna get it anyway whether far or near.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:38 AM   #11
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i agree i went in to pep boys to show the car to my mechanic when i first got it now i parked in the last row of the 3 they have nothing on either side and the whole parking lot was pretty much empty as i am inside talking to him some A$$ clown decides to pull in and park in the spot right next to my camaro. so hes walking around looking at it and walks into the store and i said is there some reason of all the empty parking spots in the lot you have to park right next to my brand new car? and he says settle down bro i just wanted to get a good look at it and i said you could look at it i dont care about that but you didnt have to park right next to it.
no offense but that kind of attitude just invites people to screw with your car dude. I would rather not have someone next to me but when they do I just hope they are careful and stay the hell off my car.

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Old 08-14-2009, 11:40 AM   #12
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I'm parking her further away. Both times so far, nobody has parked next to me when I'm parked way out in the Walmart lot. I did take her to a bar one day and parked her next to the curb on one side and had my brother park on the other side to protect her.

I'm getting the clear bra put on. I've seen where someone has put it on the side doors as well as the front. I thought that was a good idea to protect from door dings that will eventually happen. I just remember my 68 Camaro had door dings from people and this car has similar door panels.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:44 AM   #13
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I take no chances. At my worksite we have ground parking in addition to a 4 story parking garage. I park my Camaro on the very top of the parking garage where it is usually up there by itself. When I got to the store or mall I park as far away as possible so hopefully that no one else will park near me and open up there door and scrape my Camaro. At times even though I park far away I have come back to see a usually nice car (porshe) etc. that parks right next to me. So far so good.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:46 AM   #14
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You can't avoid it unless you rarely if ever drive it. Bonnie says I'm rediculously obsessive about parking. She wasn't saying that after my car got hit even though I take all the precautions.

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ditto, i always park as far from people as possible and at work we have enough room, i double park to give a nice buffer zone.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:47 AM   #16
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It doesnt matter how far away you park your car some dumbass will always park next to you. If someome doesnt a shopping cart will..............
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:50 AM   #17
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ditto, i always park as far from people as possible and at work we have enough room, i double park to give a nice buffer zone.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:56 AM   #18
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Parking lots are public, who are you to tell someone where they can park ? like it or not, you take your chances that's all.... If you approached me like that, I'd have to tell you " Screw you bud " ......
I would have said something far worse than that. You've got to think of it this way...the car is new to YOU. Its not the priority of anyone else to keep your car pristine. While I understand your feelings on it, that the wrong attitude to have with someone who was just admiring your vehicle.

The newness will dissipate in time. I don't like people parking next to me but know its going to happen. Just have to hope for the best and keep an eye out so there's no hit and runs.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:04 PM   #19
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My car dealer had some good insight, try to park near other nice cars, ideally in between 2 nice cars, you know those people will be cautious
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Park in one of those end spots you know where they usually have a little island between spots. I would not park up close or far away, something in between.

What Camo81 said, park next to a nice car.
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Park in one of those end spots you know where they usually have a little island between spots. I would not park up close or far away, something in between.

What Camo81 said, park next to a nice car.
I do this when I take my old Dodge out, I park so at least on side is up against an island and get as close to the island as possible.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:24 PM   #22
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I plan on parking next to a curb or an island out in the middle of nowhere in hopes no one will ding it.

The bottom line, you just have to drive it and enjoy it. There are some things you just can't control.



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Old 08-14-2009, 12:37 PM   #23
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Park in one of those end spots you know where they usually have a little island between spots. I would not park up close or far away, something in between.

What Camo81 said, park next to a nice car.
When there is no end spot... I try to buffer myself with a few empty spots. If no free spots are available, I go way out of my way t find one. In terms of distance I prefer somewhere in between as I can see still it and so can others for a slight deterrent factor. Unfortunately, as posted here, the folks who want to check it out... will (drive by's, to peek inside or walk-ups) and even when using the above advice folks still park right next to it from time to time. Double parking, I believe, enrages most folks I've talked too... so I don't do it (as tempting as it is). It's like sex... abstinence (not parking it) will ensure no kids (of your own or in this case dings)... but who the hell wants to do that.

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When parking at work, learn where other employee's park and park among them. This way movement around your car will be reduced to a minimum as the only time the cars near you will be moving is when they come in to work and when they get off.
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I picked out a space in between the far back and really close because it was visible from my work location and no cars can park next to it... I am just going to have to come into work around 6am before everyone else to ensure that I get what I want.... But really put some serious thought into where you are going to park... Maybe somewhere in the middle would work out best.
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