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Old 02-24-2017, 01:13 PM
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I recently bought my 2009 Coupe and I am still pretty paranoid about parking near other cars. I don't take multiple spaces because I know that will get unwanted attention. However, I TRY to park away from other cars whenever possible. I'll usually leave about 5-6 empty spaces but it doesn't seem to work. I feel like a parking lot magnet because whenever I come back out to the parking lot (even if I have been in the store 10 minutes) there always seem to be people that want to park right next to me.
I've had enough experiences with my other cars where I know people just don't care when they open doors. Does this happen to others Corvettes?
I may just be overly sensitive to it, but I feel like people want to park next to me when there are other empty spaces closer to the store/restaurant.
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I recently bought my 2009 Coupe and I am still pretty paranoid about parking near other cars. I don't take multiple spaces because I know that will get unwanted attention. However, I TRY to park away from other cars whenever possible. I'll usually leave about 5-6 empty spaces but it doesn't seem to work. I feel like a parking lot magnet because whenever I come back out to the parking lot (even if I have been in the store 10 minutes) there always seem to be people that want to park right next to me.
I've had enough experiences with my other cars where I know people just don't care when they open doors. Does this happen to others Corvettes?
I may just be overly sensitive to it, but I feel like people want to park next to me when there are other empty spaces closer to the store/restaurant.



i feel you bro, iv seen stingrays parked in busy parking lots. its just a risk we gotta take but i don't think someone would vandalize a car for no reason. iv seen m3s m4s, amg benz and even Maseratis parked as well. if people did damage nice cars there would be news everywhere

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People park next to you because they know you won't ding THEIR doors.
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Speaking of parking lots, does anyone else have a problem getting out of their Vette in a lot? The doors are so wide that I can't get them open far enough to get my size 12s between the threshold and the door. Mostly I have written it off to being old and fat, but that doesn't effect the size of my feet (much). Same problem that I had with two 4th gen Camaros in a row.
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Parked in a restaurant parking lot in Arlington...very back lot. No other cars in this particular lot. Went in, ate, came back out. Probably an hour or so. Parked next to my car was a pos Ford Bronco, probably early 60's. It was so close, I could not get in my car. Couldn't even walk between the two. No other cars in the lot, and there were plenty of empty places to park. Had to get in from the passenger side of the car and climb over the console.
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When we go grocery shopping and we take any of the cars, we park across the street at another store and walk over to the grocery store. Across the street there is a strip mall that's half empty. Kinda lucky I guess, and if the day ever comes that other lot become occupied I'll just start taking the truck to the store instead of the cars.

The 2 door car issue is timeless RagTop69, lol I feel you on the shoe thing. My doors all scuffed up from climbing in and out.
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Parked in a restaurant parking lot in Arlington...very back lot. No other cars in this particular lot. Went in, ate, came back out. Probably an hour or so. Parked next to my car was a pos Ford Bronco, probably early 60's. It was so close, I could not get in my car. Couldn't even walk between the two. No other cars in the lot, and there were plenty of empty places to park. Had to get in from the passenger side of the car and climb over the console.
Crap like that happens all the time in DFW. I always try to get an end spot with drivers side toward the outside so no one can block me.

Lately it has been other nice cars parked next to me. All spaced out so we all have room.
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so close, I could not get in my car, Had to get in from the passenger side of the car and climb over the console.
That's gotta get the blood boiling.
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Originally Posted by LMB-Z View Post
Parked in a restaurant parking lot in Arlington...very back lot. No other cars in this particular lot. Went in, ate, came back out. Probably an hour or so. Parked next to my car was a pos Ford Bronco, probably early 60's. It was so close, I could not get in my car. Couldn't even walk between the two. No other cars in the lot, and there were plenty of empty places to park. Had to get in from the passenger side of the car and climb over the console.
He would have needed something to air up his tires if that had been me.

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I have that problem with every sports car I've ever owned.

The best method is to park near the other vehicles but where you can get the spot at the end of the row. Park your tires over the line and at a slight angle.The only way someone can get close to your vehicle is if they also park over the line, which they typically won't do. In fact it is rare that I come out and see a vehicle in the spot next to me. The other people in my work building always leaves me that spot at the end.
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I notice this also. I've only had my vette for a short period (5 months) but I go to great lengths to park near the end of the parking lot away from everyone else. With out fail, when I come out someone is usually parked right next to me. I don't mind if they park near me, but don't understand why they have to park in the spot right next to me with so many empty spaces around. I don't know what the motivation is for some of these people. I suspect that some use it as an excuse to check out your ride close up, or others are just trying to intentionally be annoying.


Also, the car that parks next to me is usually not one of the nicer cars in the parking lot. Don't know how that plays into it either.
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Parked in a restaurant parking lot in Arlington...very back lot. No other cars in this particular lot. Went in, ate, came back out. Probably an hour or so. Parked next to my car was a pos Ford Bronco, probably early 60's. It was so close, I could not get in my car. Couldn't even walk between the two. No other cars in the lot, and there were plenty of empty places to park. Had to get in from the passenger side of the car and climb over the console.
This is what happened the very first night we went out to dinner in it. It was a busy parking lot, but I parked in the last row and only had 3 empty spaces on each side. When we came out, an oversized pickup had parked next to me and was off-center in his spot so there was only about 2 feet of space. I had to back my car out so my wife could even open our passenger door.
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It was so close, I could not get in my car.
I hate people who do that; clearly the guy had issues.
I had a co-worker who did that to me and a few others. I watched her driving one day and she was oblivious. She didn't even know she was doing it.

Sometimes I think people park near Corvettes because they assume we pick the best spots.
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Originally Posted by stingray71 View Post
Is your Corvette a parking lot magnet?
No, because I don't park it out in the middle of the boondocks. I park with the other cars at Loew's, Kroger, Walmart, K-Mart, Walgreens.
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I hate people who do that; clearly the guy had issues.
Sometimes I think people park near Corvettes because they assume we pick the best spots.
Yep some people just don't understand.



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He would have needed something to air up his tires if that had been me.

All four of them.
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boiling.
I was pissed, for sure. We had gone there to buy the wife a car. I was parked next to a curb. She parked across from me (don't know why). I think the guy did it on purpose. Wife told me to not worry about it. I was going to wait on them. When we got home, found a mark down the side of the car from back of door the back of the car. Had to have been a purse or something as it was pretty low. Took several weeks of work with wax and other things to finally get rid of the mark.

I didn't think about letting the air out of the tires...I wanted to break a window or two.
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Just trying to get away from folks. They always find me.
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It will keep happening, sadly. I've had the car for 3 years and only rarely do I have a car NOT next to me when I come back...no matter how far out I park if it's a small lot.

For larger lots like at Wal-mart, I find that people are too lazy to walk out that far and I'm by myself most of the time.

Just the way it's going to be man. You'll have people who like the car and want to park next to you, and the rest just want to annoy you by taking away the reason you parked so far away.
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Two words, handicap tags

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