It is possibly one of the most upsetting things for anyone, let alone a car enthusiast, to come out to their vehicle and find a door ding. Look, sometimes life and accidents happen, people accidently ding your door but it’s hard not to feel like it’s malicious. Either way, it’s a headache and not something that can be properly dealt with by yourself. The good news is there are ways to protect yourself from door dings.
Park far away
The absolute best way to avoid door dings is to park as far away as possible from all other vehicles. This is definitely inconvenient, but honestly it will discourage others from parking next you and thus decreasing any chances of a door ding. It’s sad but true, most people simply just don’t car. They aren’t going to be super careful opening their car door like you are, so the more you can avoid parking next to anyone, the better.
Park next to an enthusiast
However, with that said, if you have to park next to a vehicle, try to find another enthusiast and park next to them. How do you spot them? Look for vehicles that are modified, or that look well cared for as this will increase the chances the individual will be cautious with their doors and in turn minimize any risk of a door ding.
Stay away from shopping carts
I cringe every time I come out to my vehicle and find a shopping cart anywhere near it. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid them as others will simply dump their carts in empty spots that might unfortunately be close to you. With that said, you can avoid them by making sure you don’t park at or near the shopping cart return areas that are out in the middle of the parking lots.
Finally, park your vehicle properly to avoid dings. This means within one parking space lines, not across two or three parking spots. This also does not mean parking right on the line of one side of the parking space. If you park between the lines, you are going to minimize someone getting too close to your ride.