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Is there any consensus on the way to go to protect the doors from dings caused by idiots who park too close and don't watch what they are doing?

While I'd prefer a near lethal electric shock, :twisted: I guess some sort of protective strip is in order. What are the options?

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My personal preference is to just park away from other cars. I don't like it when people try to take two spots; I think that just invites trouble. But I always look for spots far away and walk, or look at the end of the aisles and find a spot that is much wider because the folks painting the parking stripes couldn't figure out where to paint the lines!

I know it sounds anal, but it works for me. :lol:
 

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[quote:79cd505958="Bart Thomas"]Is there any consensus on the way to go to protect the doors from dings caused by idiots who park too close and don't watch what they are doing?

While I'd prefer a near lethal electric shock, :twisted: I guess some sort of protective strip is in order. What are the options?

Thanks.

Bart[/quote:79cd505958]

No, your first instinct was correct - a near lethal shock is the way to go in this circumstance. :lol:
 

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What did he use?
My advice walk it from the far spots its the only way.Also end row (any end) parking it on top of the outside yellow line.
Oh one more if the spots are going to fill up in back anyway park next to like minded people who have shiny washed cars.
 

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Sorry, but that seems to be a wuss-out!

I'm looking for protection from the shopper who will park beside me, no matter how far from the action!
 

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I parked way out in the parking lot today at the grocery store...and when I came out of the store, it was deluging (again!). As I ran across the length of the parking lot, I was chanting, my E is worth it, my E is worth it......
 

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[quote:7282da538c="Bart Thomas"]Sorry, but that seems to be a wuss-out!

I'm looking for protection from the shopper who will park beside me, no matter how far from the action![/quote:7282da538c]

You're asking for something that doesn't exist. Those plastic doors things keep your vehicle from damaging the other vehicle's door. Unless you can get everybody else in the world to get those, there is nothing to do but pray or park alone :lol:
 

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This is the neverending problem with any new car. How do I keep it looking new?

I know people who put a heavy fabric car cover on their car every time they park it in public to keep from getting door dings. It works, but jeez, why drive it at all?

A few dings can be removed for about as much as the bug ugly huge plastic thingies they sell to protect the doors from dings.

Scuffs can usually be erased away with rubbing compound (the white kind).

Use common sense in parking. Park on the end of a row and leave extra room between you and the car next door. Give a little extra room between your car and the driver's door of the car on your right. You know, think before you park, but don't park a half mile away. That's dumb.

And don't take up two spaces. I've seen cars get "keyed" if they think you're trying to avoid being near anyone else.

It's just my opinion ... I could be wrong.
 

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I was thinking, what if you had a 5' x 2" x 2" piece of styrofoam with little magnets in it, perhaps some of that thin foam pipe insulation. Place them on the doors when you park your car. Or, like boats just tie on some long skinny fenders hanging by string from the windows...I know some jerk would just probably take them, but if they were small enough to look like they belong there, they might not notice...
 

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Although the rubber (?) side protector bars are not offered for the E, my dealer has offered to fit either civic side protectors or to cut those for the Odyssey to size.

He estimated that it would cost $50 per door, plus around $80 for the specialist who comes to put these on. :roll:

I think I'll talk to a body shop!
 

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I have tried contacting many a superhero in regards to this quandry that all E owners are finding themselves in.....my requests for meetings have gone unanswered. I even tried emailing Wonder Woman in hopes that she would pattent her invisible force field....yet I have heard nothing.

I even put a call in to Casper The Friendly Ghost, but his agent said that he wasn't available and was honeymooning in Cabo with the chic from "The Ring".....so all of my efforts have come up short handed. To no avail I have serached for a resonable solution to this quandry.....so I guess we will just all have to settle with that far off parking spot for now, and heed my warning on this one....when going to Wallmart.....leave your E at home....I travel incognito in my husband's unrestored classic '90 Civic (complete with numerous dings and dents).....the only way you will ever know it is me is that there is an EOC sticker on the back windshield!

Do not fret my fellow EOC members....as soon as Wonder Woman gets back to me I will pass along her trade seceret to making her jet invisible, so at last we may travel safely un-dinged in our Es and once again resume parking at a normal distance from buildings and stores.
 

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I recently got a ding in one of my doors. I had it removed and then purchased rocker panel trim. I put it on myself and it looks and works great. It sticks out far enough to protect the doors. I can now park anywhere without being paranoid. You should check it out! :wink:
 

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Get Side steps. Not only are they cool visually it will stop any doors that will try to open on ya. I havent got my sidesteps on yet but this is the story on a 4runner so i don't see why it can't be with the element....
 
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