Parking Lots – Home of the Dents

Posted on: July 30th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Avoiding Parking Lot DentsAvoiding Parking Lot Dents

As an auto body shop, we see all sorts of cars in need of collision repair. And, one would think that most auto body repair would be the result of automobile accidents. And, yes, they do make up the majority of our repairs. But, there is another sinister evil out there for your car….parking lots.

Yes. Parking lots.

If you are like many people, parking lots can create a lot of anxiety, especially after an excellent new paint job. They cause your pulse to accelerate as you slowly, with white knuckles, grip that steering wheel even tighter as you navigate the aisles. After all, who doesn’t let out a big sigh after successfully pulling into a parking spot and turning off the engine?

While, just navigating the parking lot is one thing, leaving your car there is another. Today, we look at all the hidden dangers of the parking lot and how to help keep your car dent free.

Cart Crashes

When shopping carts are left an attended in the parking lot, they develop a mind of their own. They can seemingly decide to roll across the lot to find your door, leaving a nasty dent or gash in the process. To avoid this, try not to park near the carts, especially on a windy day. Scan the parking lot and find safe alternative parking spaces where carts may have a hard time reaching your vehicle. And, if you must park near carts, please take them to an area in the lot designed to hold them or walk them up to the store itself.

Avoid the Lines

We have all done this – you see the perfect parking spot, but alas, it is between two cars that are parked right on the lines. But, you still manage to squeeze in, go to the store, only to come back and find a big dent in the door. Instead of squeezing into the spot, find a place that allows for more room. While doing so, also avoid crowding the line; otherwise, you may also find that someone will ding your door. Of course, don’t be that person who decides to take up two spaces. That is just rude.

Park Away from Others

Along the same lines, park away from others and avoid parking near the cart corrals. Again, the wind will take those carts wherever it takes them. And, when you do park, park in front of a light pole. Doing so will prevent someone from parking in front of you, pulling in too far, and tapping your bumper.

Covered Parking

If possible, seek out covered parking, such as a garage, or purchase a car cover. This will not only help protect your car’s finish but will also protect it from damaging hail.

If you do get a dent or two, we can help. We can perform full dent and hail repair and paintless dent repair for whatever the parking lot may throw at you—call 303-344-2212 for a free estimate.

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