Saturday, June 1, 2013
You're right - the photo has absolutely nothing to do with car dings - but it's prettier than car dings....
Last year, I was driving around in a 1996 Toyota. It had served me well for 5 years but I knew the time was coming that it would need work done on it. Expensive work. The car was homely, basic white with gray interior - not fifty shades of gray, maybe only one or two. The body was in decent shape, not very many dings in the doors, no dents, just a bit of rust around the top of the windshield. I parked it anywhere and didn't worry about it getting dings in it - after all, it was old.
I had been searching for a car to buy and I found a 2006 Toyota that was in pretty good shape, mileage that was considered low today but years ago, would have been considered high. It had a couple dings on the body, but everything seemed OK. They even replaced the steering rack when they noticed the boot on it was ripped.
So I bought it and it came home with me the same day. Since then, I've been taking better care of it than I did my old white Toyota. The color is called Desert Tan, which I consider a gold, with light brown interior. I have probably washed it more times in the past 8 months than I ever washed my old white Toyota. I've even waxed it.
Usually I park way out in the parking lots and hike to the entrance of stores. Sometimes I don't, when I'm in a hurry. I try my friend's theory - if you park between two cars and you're only going in for a short while - you'll be OK because usually the same two cars are still there when you come out. Well, maybe it works for him - but it hasn't for me.
I don't know how this car seems to collect so many dings from other people's car doors. One of them even scraped the paint off and made a slight dent in the driver's door. I left it in airport parking last month and a few new ones appeared, I had no control over where it was parked.
I don't know if people are more careless than usual. Maybe it's because people are fatter than they were 20 years ago, and they can't get out of their cars without damaging other cars. Maybe people just don't respect anything anymore. I'm not sure what it is, but this car has collected more dings in 8 months than my homely looking car did in 5 years, and it was parked anywhere it was convenient.
It's depressing. I wanted something nice for a change and I can't have it. Times like these, I wonder what I did in my previous life - I must have had one hell of a time!