My neighbours seem to have a hobby and that is to make door dents on my car. This is not just ugly but it also lower the value of my car when I'm going to sell it. Now the side strip of the car on BMW is a joke, it doesn't protect the car at all and also other brands are as bad as well. The side strip should be a really thick thing that stick out far or several strips should be on the side. This might be uglier on the car but at least it protects the metal. Are there custom made strips for BMW that enhance the protection or do I have to live with it?
I remember seing a Ford article dated way back to the 1940s. They had some material that included hemp fiber. You can see a guy hammer the car with a sledge without making any dent on it. That material would be ideal to have in this case. It is also lighter than metal and it doesn't corrode. The metal used in the car body has no memory and do not bend back after you put enough force on it. With composite materials on the other hand is more bouny and go back to its original shape easier. I guess it's the problem with the cost of manufacturing that hold composite materials back. Hope fully we will see them one day though.
Umm, buy a saturn then. They have composite [read: plastic] doors as well. They also dont offer the strength metal does. Id feel much safer knowing theres more steel stopping the SUV that just tboned me than a composite panel.
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BMWhater...I would have a talk with your neighbor. Explain and tell them nicely. You'd be surprised they are not even aware of it! If that doesn't work, you don't have to be nice to inconsiderate neighbors who have no respect for others.
To minimise dings and dents, you gotta be very anal when it comes to parking. Defensive parking is a way of life for me. It can be very inconvenient but one small ding caused by an inconsiderate asshole could cost about $100 to fix.
Convenient parking upfront the stores is not a luxury I get to enjoy. I rather enjoy the luxury of peace of mind parking way back and walk. Always try to park in corner lots. That cuts down your chances of getting struck by half, and to further minimise that, park all the way as close as you can to the curb, leaving more than enough space for the idiot who pulls in next to you. Especially fat lazy asses who would just kick their doors open so they could drag themselves out. Do not park near shopping cart return terminals, this is where everybody pushes and rams the carts blindly. Do not park next to junk cars, their owners most likely couldn't care less about their own junks, much less yours. Park far away where nobody wants to park and look at the walking as exercise. Use common sense, when you park in a lot with a shopping cart next to it, remove the cart far away from your car. The next person who pulls in next to you will most likely push the cart away to "wherever", to make room for his car. I have seen a pickup truck once drove into a lot and knock a cart away with his truck's bumper, without bothering to get down to do it by hand! If you are parked next to him, good luck!
Majority of people think that people like myself are weird and anal. They tell me it's just a car, don't stress myself out. Well...if you are rich enough to do ding and dent repairs all the time, that's fine, even then, you might not get a perfect fix. If you are sloppy and don't mind a car full of dents, it's fine too. If you are like me who can't stand one ding on my car, you gotta make sacrifices.
On my previous BMW, I managed to go 5 years without one ding from negligence. I did get a scratch though from the shop when I had it in for service. On my present car, I am still doing well so far.
I live in a appartment so talking to everyone of them is too much. Besides I wouldn't dare either.
Defensive parking is good but a lengthy procedure and not always possible. What I want the car manufacturers to understand is to make the cars more invulnerable and have thick strips and fenders like the have on boats.
Yes, I understand what you mean, defensive parking is not always possible especially when you live in apartment complexes, if it's designated parking you could at least talk to one or two neighbors and cooperate to watch out for one another.
As for thick strips along the sides of the cars...well, it's not always appropriate, depends on the design of the car. Elegant designs usually come with slimline strips whereas rugged designs come with thick bold strips, for eg. SUVs.
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