Post # 1
About two months ago I bought a brand new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid..it’s gorgeous, my first brand NEW car. I had a 2004 Mazda in the past, but it was pre-owned.
1. Do you selectively choose where you park and who you park between based on the condition of the cars surrounding the open parking space? I definitely do this now that I have a new car! I make sure I find a spot far apart…and I like to park near mercedes and bmw’s when possible if I have that option. I also live in an assigned parking towhome community, and I park closer to my husbands car, than I do my neighbors who has a broken down rusted vehicle, because I feel as though she wouldnt care if she swung her door open.
2. I noticed when I drive that I’m extra cautious in traffic when i’m behind or infront of someone with a severly dented vehicle. Are you this way?? I cringe when I stare at my rear view from behind when I’m about to brake and notice how close the car is getting!
3. Finally, and this may be the most judgemental…but do you judge people based on the type of car they drive? Like the year, style and condition? I guess I find myself subconciously doing it…but I don’t say ew what the hell?
Post # 3
1. yes. but not as much now as when i first bought my car. I try to park by a curb when possible. My DH is much more anal then i am… he will park really far away to avoid parking next to anyone and he gets annoyed when ppl park next to him. We both avoid parking next to old beat up cars since they clearly don’t have any respect for their own car – let alone anyone elses.
2. not really
3. yes but only with certain makes and models i don’t judge ppl for driving older cars – heck i think their smart for avoiding car payments….but i do think you can tell alot about someone by the car they drive…. If i see a teenager driving a brand new BMW i think… spoiled brat with daddy’s plastic….. then theres those gang banger types with the giant pimped out old crap car with a giant spoiler…. Minivans just scream “soccer mom” or “hey i have a ton of kids!” lol and then theres the guys with the trucks that tells me they are generally blue collar working type guys probably grew up on a farm or wish they did (around here anyway)
Post # 4
@Kate0558: I definitely agree with you my thoughts exactly for #3!
Post # 5
Yah, I always avoid parking next to crappy cars because those guys clearly don’t care and might ding my doors. If possible, I try to park near another Mustang because that’s just awesome.
When I’m driving around, I don’t really avoid crappy cars. I avoid crappy drivers and I just can’t stand being behind an idiot/slow driver so I have to zoom around before my road rage takes over.
I guess I do judge older cars. Rust and wood paneling always makes me go WTF, and when I see someone driving one of those ugly old 1980s style BMW I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t you rather have a new Toyota or something versus an OLD luxury name brand car?
Post # 6
1. Do you selectively choose where you park and who you park between based on the condition of the cars surrounding the open parking space?
Heck yeah! Even my last car, a ’98 Mazda, I would watch where I parked. I steer clear of old vans, rusty pickups, dirty pickups (this is new – last time I parked near one I got oil splatter all over the side of my car! no idea what they did, but I was annoyed), and cars that are very, very dented.
2. I noticed when I drive that I’m extra cautious in traffic when i’m behind or infront of someone with a severly dented vehicle. Are you this way??
Not usually, unless it’s really bad and they’re driving like a d-bag.
3. Finally, and this may be the most judgemental…but do you judge people based on the type of car they drive? Like the year, style and condition?
Sometimes, but it’s reverse discrimination… also, I won’t judge them unless I don’t really like them anyway (or if I really love the car, haha). Usually it’s the higher end cars that aren’t sports cars (because I do like sports cars). Example, a date I had, the guy was trying to be all slick with his new BMW sedan. I judged the crap out of him. My now husband had a BMW Z4 when we met, and I thought it was sexy. Same with someone with a Nissan 350Z.
Post # 7
@BellaDee: Oh hell yes!
I always park by a curb if possible, limit my attacks to one side, snug up to the curb. Minivans are actually good to park by, especially if you see child seats, because kids use the sliding doors and those only open 6″. Sedans will get flung into your car by careless kids.
I do pick cars without dents to park next to also. If they care, they’ll not door bang me.
At work, I know everyone’s car and I only park next to certain people, and still try to get the corner spot. Luckily our spots are pretty wide.
I don’t judge people, just cars. And I don’t think poorly of old shitty cars, I just notice nice ones. Now if you’re driving a DBS with a dent in the door – shame on you.
ETA – my car is 7 years old now and I have zero door dings. The only little imperfections in the paint are my own damn fault. Opened the door into something in the garage and chipped the ege of the door, and opened my husbands’ door into my car once and scuffed the vinyl on the side (it has some sweet decals).
Post # 8
3. Yes, same reasons as PP. Not as much for older cars unless it looks like a hoarder-mobile. Or maybe if you drive a Hummer I might think you’re a gigantic douchebag.
Post # 9
Nope. I could give a shit and made fun of my mother when she did this.
All cars are metal carts on wheels. I don’t care about your car any more than I care about my car.
Post # 10
How can I; I am a car! J/k. Yes, I have a very odd sense of humour 😉
Post # 11
@Pinkmoon: You need to drive an old BMW to understand. And old BMW is better than a new Toyota anyday. 🙂 Also – ugly? Blashphemy!
Best looking car:
Bahahaha at the ‘stache! Just noticed that when I uploaded it.
Post # 12
I park where it is most convenient, I don’t pay attention to the cars around me. If the spot right in front of my apartment is open but there is an old car parked next to it, I still park there. No one has ever damaged my car by flinging their doors open.
People can drive whatever cars they want, I really don’t care or make assumptions about the driver based on their car. The only thing is, I live in a pretty cheap apartment, probably the cheapest in the area (the reason why I live there). It is nice, but pretty old looking inside and not updated. There are several Mercedes and BMWs in the parking lot (always there, so residents not visitors). Seems odd to me to have a luxury vehicle while living in a $600/month apartment, but whatever floats your boat.
Post # 13
@BellaDee: I’ve only ever driven my old used car so perhaps these answers will change once I have a new car 🙂
1) nope, never done this. I don’t think that just because someone has a beat up car means they are less likely to care about my car. Also, who is to say they don’t care about their car? Even if I had a beat up car, I wouldn’t want it to get more beat up! I’ll usually park as close as possible to wherever I’m going without any attention to who is by me.
2) I am definitely an attentive driver who cringes when someone stops too close to me. My pet peeve is when they stop way too close and I can tell they are texting. However, I don’t pay much attention to what the car looks like. I pay more attention to how old the driver is and discriminate if they are a teen or an old driver.
3) I’m not very good at telling different car types so I don’t really know when someone is driving an expensive car (unless it’s a very obvious one). I guess I do tend to think “oh mid life crisis” when I see a middle aged guy in a flashy car but I suppose that isn’t very nice. I never judge someone based on how beat up or old their car is because I didn’t have a car until I turned 22. I’m thankful that I have a decent car and honestly if I had a rust bucket I would be thankful just to have a car after so many years without one.
Post # 14
@BellaDee: Not at all! In parking lots, I’m more concerned about a shopping cart hitting my car than someone hitting it with their door, or being judgmental about the type of person that may drive the car that I park next to.
I’m really lucky and do drive a very nice car, but I don’t judge people based on the car they drive. If a person drives an older model car that has seen better days, I can appreciate that they probably would rather spend their money on groceries or clothes for their kids than buying a new car. If a person drives up next to me in a brand new Bentley, I don’t automatically assume that they are snobs… :-p
Post # 15
1 and 2 – nope
3 – I don’t judge people by the car they drive, but when I don’t know what car someone drives, I guess their vehicle based on my judgements about their personality (so kind of the reverse of what OP said). For instance, I had a prof in university who was a bit of a cowboy, arrogant and misogynistic, and assumed he would drive something like a Dodge Charger (no offense to bee’s who like Chargers, I drove one not long ago and loved it!). Well I was pretty shocked when I saw him getting into his red BMW M3. Damn!!
Post # 16
@almostmrsj: Ah, personal preferences are so different! This is the only old car that does it for me… though if I’m being honest, I’d still prefer the modern conveniences of a newer car to an older one, even a beautiful Mustang like that.