(Closed) “bumping a car” while parallel parking – your opinion?

posted 10 years ago in Legal
Post # 62
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Legally, you are responsible for informing the other driver and paying for any damage. 

Post # 63
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you’re parallel parking in tight spaces on a daily basis, it’s going to happen. It’s not the end of the world. I only think you need to leave a note if there is damage.

When I was in grad school, I lived in a very popular neighborhood with very difficult-to-find street parking. I know that I tapped a car, at least once, getting into a tight space. I actually tapped a car several months ago, as well. I got out and couldn’t see anything on my bumper or the other car. I ran my hand over the area where I though I likely bumped the other car and couldn’t feel any dents or dings. So I just left it. If I couldn’t tell anything when I knew what I was looking for, I can’t imagine the person who owns the car would care. My husband also bumped a car about a year ago and the driving happened to be standing right there. They both looked at the cars. There was a very slight mark on the other guys car (husband’s car is sliver, his was white, there was a very small silver line on the white bumper). My husband offered to give him our contact info, but the other driver said it woudl buff out and told us not to worry about it. 

Personally, I view cars more as functional than visual. As long as it’s working correctly, I don’t care so much about looks. Obviously, big dents or scratches will get fixed, but I take small stuff on bumpers as par for the course. I had a neighbor who apparently tapped my car while I was on vacation. Another neighbor saw it and sent me these panicked texts. There wasn’t much I could do from Greece, so I worried about it until I got home and saw there wasn’t any damage. The neighbor that bumped me explained what happened and apologized, btu I told her not to worry about it because there wasn’t any damage. 

Post # 64
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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kelly105:  Absolutely YES.

Post # 64
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Helper bee

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Westwood:  Oh come on. I’m a newbie and this was one of my first posts on this board. I’m not sure how I found this thread but I’m sorry if I broke some sort of ettiquette rule by posting on an old thread; and actually I wasn’t the person to bring it back to life. Someone posted something about some sort of camera that notified people when they got close to your car by lighting up bar-type things? It must’ve gotten deleted for being a kind of promo, but nonethelss thank you for calling me out for a crime I didn’t mean to commit. I’m new here and I have so far been blessed by the kindness of the people on this board but that comment made my stomach go sour. 

Post # 65
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Helper bee

Well, it’s called a bumper for a reason isn’t it?

I’ve never hit someone parallel parking (thank god for back up sensors!!!) and I do it quite often living in a big city. But my FH has.. he ignores the beeps for whatever reason. Anywhooo, we usually get out and take a look. A bumper won’t crack or sustain substantial damage unless you’re exceeding 10km/h. But if your license plate cover or something leaves a good paint chip I would leave info. Repainting a car costs a good chunk of change. Scuffs and light colour transfer can easily be buffed out. I hate to admit this but we also look at what shape the car is already in and how expensive the car is – ie. is this person driving a 1980 Corolla that hasn’t seen a body shop in 15 years or is it a 3 year old BMW? 

Post # 66
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Worker bee

I think that if you expect to bump cars while parallel parking you have no business driving or attempting to parallel park.

 

Edit- ughhh  I guess it’s my turn to be that person. Didn’t realize this was five years old. sorry!

 

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