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Old 10-14-2019, 04:04 PM
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This one didn't involve me, but it happened in my lot on the job. A older man is loading a 80 pound bag of concrete into his car. I walk over to assist him, but he's able to get it into the car without a problem. His cart rolls out in the middle of the lot right as a woman is pulling out. He tries to reach for it, but is too late and the cart hits the side of the woman's car (an expensive looking SUV). She gets out to see what's going on, notices the cart and the man who explains that the cart rolled away from him. There isn't even a dent in her car (or if there is, it's microscopic). After a few seconds, she throws up her hands and says real sarcastically "Well that's AWESOME!" walks back to her car and drives away in a huff.

It was a minor meltdown, but seriously, what is it with people flipping out over such non issues?
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:11 PM
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I'm with the woman. Try to keep it nice and that kind of shit happens.
I think her response was to scale.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:45 PM
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Having had trash collectors take a tiny gouge out of the paint on my best car's bumper, and the *minimum* quote for reshaping and repainting to get a proper colour match approaching four figures... Yeah, it's not a non-problem.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:15 PM
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Having had trash collectors take a tiny gouge out of the paint on my best car's bumper, and the *minimum* quote for reshaping and repainting to get a proper colour match approaching four figures... Yeah, it's not a non-problem.
But it's just a small ding, does it even need to be repaired?
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:57 PM
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But it's just a small ding, does it even need to be repaired?
That depends completely on the owner. To some people, it's 'just a car'; to others, it's a considerable investment, and even a small blemish can reduce the car's trade in by a couple thousand. And if you're an enthusiast, a chip or ding on a car you might have spent tens of thousands of dollars buying and/or restoring is a highly personal matter.

I fall into that last category; in 1990 I beat the snot out of the lowlife grit who keyed my Falcon less than a month after it had been painted. The bastard didn't know I saw him do it. I'm not proud of that, but damned if I'll apologize for it.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:18 AM
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That depends completely on the owner. To some people, it's 'just a car'; to others, it's a considerable investment, and even a small blemish can reduce the car's trade in by a couple thousand. And if you're an enthusiast, a chip or ding on a car you might have spent tens of thousands of dollars buying and/or restoring is a highly personal matter.
An investment, like to resell later? Hmm, I never thought of it like that (though it sounds like a very risky investment).
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:04 PM
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An investment, like to resell later? Hmm, I never thought of it like that (though it sounds like a very risky investment).
It can be. Though I did not buy my early 70s mustang for an investment, I bought it to drive. I had it repainted from that boring momvan maroonish red to 73 caddy light gold metallic, and several weeks afterwards a moron in a k-car pretty much deliberatly opened his car door into mine [he had to see me, I had just pulled in and was still sitting in the seat] and got into his car. He knew he hit my door with his, there was an entirely audible and kinesthetic thunk ... so I slammed my door into his when I opened my door to get out. I left a good deep crease in his door ... got to love the good solid ibeam and real steel doors
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:16 AM
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That depends completely on the owner. To some people, it's 'just a car'; to others, it's a considerable investment, and even a small blemish can reduce the car's trade in by a couple thousand. And if you're an enthusiast, a chip or ding on a car you might have spent tens of thousands of dollars buying and/or restoring is a highly personal matter.

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Good point. I have an old 'beater' so frankly, unless you do something that makes it unusable (like the idiot who backed into the driver's door of my previous vehicle, making it nearly impossible to open) my response is likely to be "Oh well." I have always seen a car as a box on four wheels that lets me get from A to B faster than walking.

Having said that, that's also one of the reasons I've never been interested in buying a brand-new car, because that would cause me to be a lot more -- er -- "responsive" to the slings and arrows (and dings and dents) of outrageous fortune.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:19 AM
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Good point. I have an old 'beater' so frankly, unless you do something that makes it unusable (like the idiot who backed into the driver's door of my previous vehicle, making it nearly impossible to open) my response is likely to be "Oh well." I have always seen a car as a box on four wheels that lets me get from A to B faster than walking.

Having said that, that's also one of the reasons I've never been interested in buying a brand-new car, because that would cause me to be a lot more -- er -- "responsive" to the slings and arrows (and dings and dents) of outrageous fortune.
I'm that way, too. A dent would probably improve the appearance of my 25-year-old car. Having said that, I'm very careful with my car around other people's cars because I don't want to damage other people's property. (I heard this line on Car Talk: "I doubled the value of my car. I filled it up with gas." That's my car.)
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:26 AM
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I fall into that last category; in 1990 I beat the snot out of the lowlife grit who keyed my Falcon less than a month after it had been painted. The bastard didn't know I saw him do it. I'm not proud of that, but damned if I'll apologize for it.
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