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Old 08-24-2008, 02:02 PM
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Parking in the city streets

Anyone park their car in a busy city area were morons constantly hit others cars without a care in the world??

Im having a heart attack right now because it is the longest i have left my car parked where i cant see it in a nyc street..... i hope its all in one piece when i go back....anyone use a bumper bully or anything like that?? is it worth it to invest in one?
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:15 PM
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i live in brooklyn, and parking near me runs about $350/mo. I prefer saving that cash and put it towards the dings and scratches. over my 27 month lease I saved $9450 (+tips).. I also pay some $15 for the insurance that covers some $3500 in damages upon lease return.

not the prefetct situation, but i live with it. Chalk it up to living in a cool city...

i thought about the bumper protector...seems like a pain, and doesn't cover all the danger spots anyway..frankly, I rather just deal with the potential scratches and fixing them up...

That worry about the car does get easier over time. Also have been very lucky with the bmw. My 2 previous VW's parked in same area got much more banged up than this car (prob just cursed myself)
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:43 PM
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The lease insurance sounds like a great idea. OTOH, on the UES, street parking every night is really not an option.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:50 PM
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Yea i have a garage i park in....but i drive into work on sundays because parking is easy.....but i used to have a truck...so i really didnt care....now its like...hmmm lets inspect the car to make sure no dumb a$$ decided to fall on it.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:52 PM
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Yea i have a garage i park in....but i drive into work on sundays because parking is easy.....but i used to have a truck...so i really didnt care....now its like...hmmm lets inspect the car to make sure no dumb a$$ decided to fall on it.
Some parking lot attendants are worse than leaving your car to chance. On that note, I took a rental and parked it in public today. Came back to find it keyed very nastily. Good thing I always take the LDW.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:55 PM
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thats horrible....i just once want to catch someone doing it.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:00 PM
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damn i didnt know about that....i would assume you have to add that when you are purchasing or leasing the car. i heard that the tire insurance will also cover your rims.
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I live in Manhattan and park my car in the garage in my building. I have a dedicated spot between two columns and no one parks near me. I use a bumber badger and a car cover. I never park on the street. So far (13 months, 12,000 miles) no dings or scratches.

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Anyone park their car in a busy city area were morons constantly hit others cars without a care in the world??

Im having a heart attack right now because it is the longest i have left my car parked where i cant see it in a nyc street..... i hope its all in one piece when i go back....anyone use a bumper bully or anything like that?? is it worth it to invest in one?
I have to park one of my cars in the street and I always try and make sure I am in a spot where it is less likely to get damaged.

-never near the crazy lady across the street who doesn't checks behind her when baking out of her driveway and has creamed numerous cars.
-never leave a space so the guy in the volvo who judges the distance from other cars while parking, by bouncing off your bumper.
-never under the old maple trees that have crushed several car in the past few years with broken branches during storms.
-never near the skateboarding kids who manage to fall bouncing their heads off the asphalt and their boards off your car.
-never too close to the curb as some nanny will alays manage to sideswipe yor car with her stroller.
-never under the power lines where the damn crows are shi**ing up a storm.

It sucks having to park a car on the street doesn't it.

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Old 08-24-2008, 07:27 PM
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It sucks having to park a car on the street doesn't it.

At least when living in Jersey, you can identify a car with NY plates from the City in an instant - they usually drive slower than the norm (you typically can't drive that fast in Manhattan) and the bumpers give away someone who parks on the street in an instant. Of course, the norm seems to be back up until you hit the car behind you then pull forward until you tap the car in front just to make sure you have it lined up correctly. This is unsettling to a non-New Yorker when you watch that particular sequence performed by a ConEd truck. Yes, it sounds like a cliche. Yes (unfortunately) it's factual. Personally, I think you'd be insane to even own a car in the City. As above, it's a gazillon $ per month to park, you're probably going to get dinged anyway, insurance is 3X the national average and (at least in Jersey) there's no place to wash your car anyway unless you own a house so you'll end up trashing the paint with automated car washes and dirty towels, etc. And, since it's illegal to pump your own gas, the gas jockeys can be counted on to add a few dings/scratches from slamming the gas cap against the paint. Don't miss that at all.................
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At least when living in Jersey, you can identify a car with NY plates from the City in an instant - they usually drive slower than the norm (you typically can't drive that fast in Manhattan) and the bumpers give away someone who parks on the street in an instant. Of course, the norm seems to be back up until you hit the car behind you then pull forward until you tap the car in front just to make sure you have it lined up correctly. This is unsettling to a non-New Yorker when you watch that particular sequence performed by a ConEd truck. Yes, it sounds like a cliche. Yes (unfortunately) it's factual. Personally, I think you'd be insane to even own a car in the City. As above, it's a gazillon $ per month to park, you're probably going to get dinged anyway, insurance is 3X the national average and (at least in Jersey) there's no place to wash your car anyway unless you own a house so you'll end up trashing the paint with automated car washes and dirty towels, etc. And, since it's illegal to pump your own gas, the gas jockeys can be counted on to add a few dings/scratches from slamming the gas cap against the paint. Don't miss that at all.................


all true, but the insurance.
5K a year for parking and i use a *cheap* garage. I think captainaudio pays more than me.
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At least when living in Jersey, you can identify a car with NY plates from the City in an instant - they usually drive slower than the norm (you typically can't drive that fast in Manhattan) and the bumpers give away someone who parks on the street in an instant. Of course, the norm seems to be back up until you hit the car behind you then pull forward until you tap the car in front just to make sure you have it lined up correctly. This is unsettling to a non-New Yorker when you watch that particular sequence performed by a ConEd truck. Yes, it sounds like a cliche. Yes (unfortunately) it's factual. Personally, I think you'd be insane to even own a car in the City. As above, it's a gazillon $ per month to park, you're probably going to get dinged anyway, insurance is 3X the national average and (at least in Jersey) there's no place to wash your car anyway unless you own a house so you'll end up trashing the paint with automated car washes and dirty towels, etc. And, since it's illegal to pump your own gas, the gas jockeys can be counted on to add a few dings/scratches from slamming the gas cap against the paint. Don't miss that at all.................
Except for the pumping gas part I don't disagree.
I try to be an exception but it is expensive and requires a lot of work to be an exception.

It is illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey. It is not illegal in New York.

I live in Manhattan, and hand wash my car in the garage under the building ( with the assistance of the garage attendant). My car has no dings, no scratches,no swirl marks and is NEVER dirty. It is gets washed every time it comes into the garage. It is a weekend car and does not get used in the city (except to leave home and come back)

Insurance for a garaged car in Manhattan is less expensive than New Jersey.
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all true, but the insurance.
5K a year for parking and i use a *cheap* garage. I think captainaudio pays more than me.
Just got the Sept. bill, $483.29. = $5799.48/yr.
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I hate parking in the street, I only have one parking spot in my building and wifey needs it cuz we had a baby, unless she comes early and can find a spot right infront of m building. she got a few scratches on her benz from morons hitting thier bumper/lic plates screws while parking and the Mercedes star got jacked from the hood and the trunk. I hate it
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Except for the pumping gas part I don't disagree.
I try to be an exception but it is expensive and requires a lot of work to be an exception.

It is illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey. It is not illegal in New York.

Insurance for a garaged car in Manhattan is less expensive than New Jersey.
True. I hated not being able to pump my own gas when I lived in Hillsdale. Funny thing is yes, it's illegal to pump your own gas however state employees (GF was an environmental engineer for DEP for years) have to when returning a state vehicle back to the car pool. Go figure - guess Trenton is too cheap to pay for a gas pump attendant.

When I was in Richmond VA, insurance on my '04 Accord was $50/month. Hillsdale NJ (no garage) went to $161/month just based on zip code.

Amazingly, gas is cheaper in Jersey. This weekend went back for a friend's wedding. All fuel was 93 octane top tier (Shell in Maryland & Sunoco on the Turnpike since that's your only option). Maryland, $3.97/gallon. NJTP $3.88/gallon, Pearl River, NY (Rockland County right over the line), $4.09. Go figure..............
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well...at least i got back to the car and everything was ok...got my bumper bully so hopefully will help with future sundays...haha...i try to find a spot in front or behind a fire hidrant that way at least one side is saf**ER** because you never know. i rent a driveway for about 120 a month around my house so at least i know its safe at night.
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Just got the Sept. bill, $483.29. = $5799.48/yr.
410/month inc tax. and thats with the manhattan resident tax waiver they were trying to get rid of.


oh well, what can you do?
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Have my own parking spot in Queens now, know my "parking lot neighbors" personally and we're all careful with each other's cars. Park on the street when i go in the city, 1 visible ding and two small blemishes so far (10 months into ownership)
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My car never goes to Downtown Atl unless I'm going to work, and it gets parked safely behind BSW where bums/robber/idiots/Ford owners can't get to it.
Looks like some kids with spray paint got pretty close to your car in that picture.

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Anyone park their car in a busy city area were morons constantly hit others cars without a care in the world??

Im having a heart attack right now because it is the longest i have left my car parked where i cant see it in a nyc street..... i hope its all in one piece when i go back....anyone use a bumper bully or anything like that?? is it worth it to invest in one?
My wife always gets on my case when I park so far from our destination because I don't want these idiots ruining my car.
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yea no one ever understands why i want a spot right in front where i can see the car.... "big deal....its just car".....pffttt more like my child...lol
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I seriously don't understand how you guys can stand living in the city...and worse yet pay a premium to do so. (Go ahead...flame me)
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hahah!! i agree with you...but if i didnt live in the city i probably wouldnt be able to afford this car.....and besides....compare the girls in nyc to some small town.... woo NYC!!
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