Preventing vehicle dents, dings and scratches is actually not as difficult as one would think! Just check out these tips from Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, Colorado. If you keep these suggestions in mind when parking your vehicle, you are more likely to avoid having your car look like it joined in a tennis match.
1. Walk a little more
Park in the farthest reaches of the parking lot, where nobody likes to park. You’ll have to walk farther, of course, to get to your destination, but your car will be safer, and you’ll get some exercise, so it’s a win-win situation! Do this even when it’s inconvenient because the one time you don’t will be the time somebody puts a dent in your car with their door.
2. Choose your neighbor wisely
It’s better to park next to a small car for the obvious reason that there will be more space between the vehicles. It’s also better to choose a spot next to a nice car, a vintage car or a sports car. People with cars in these categories are generally more conscientious about not damaging someone else’s car when they open their doors. Avoid minivans. We know it’s a stereotype, but it’s generally true. Minivans usually have kids in them, and kids are not always paying attention to what they’re doing.
3. Don’t let other people park your car
Valets and parking garage attendants are more concerned with parking your car quickly than they are with keeping it dent-free. While they won’t deliberately harm your vehicle, they also won’t take as good care of it as you will. Taking an extra few minutes to park your own car is a big step in preventing vehicle dents, dings and scratches.
4. Choose “safer” parking spots
Always be on the lookout for parking spots that limit the risk of receiving dents and dings. Choose street spots over parking lots as it’s more likely that someone will ding your car opening their door alongside you than that they will hit you while parking. Even if they do, they’ll probably nick your bumper which is easier to fix.
End spots are also great for the obvious reason that only one side is at risk for vehicle dents and dings. Spots next to handicapped ones are great too as the wider space makes a good buffer zone. Plus, they usually remain empty. Avoid parking in spots that are marked for compact cars only. These are very narrow and don’t allow for any cushion room around the vehicle. Parking next to or between posts and columns is also good, as they’ll protect your car – as long as you don’t hit them while backing out!
These are some helpful tips for preventing vehicle dents, dings and scratches but even when you put forth your best effort, sometimes these things happen. If your vehicle does show up one day with a dent or ding, count on the experts at Rocky Mountain Dent Service to repair your car and get it looking like the damage never even happened.