Ways to avoid damage to your parked car.
Minor damage to parked cars is a common hassle that often results in a car insurance claim. These three handy tips will help minimise any unwanted surprises.
Three tips to protect your parked car.
Car parks can be a risky area for cars given the tight spaces and volume of traffic. The good news is that there are things you can do to reduce the chance of a ding, scratch or other minor incident.
Choose your neighbours carefully.
When you’re choosing a parking space, avoid parking next to large SUVs and utes, or any vehicles that are parked on an angle or have turned wheels as there is a greater chance of a ding to your vehicle or an accident occurring when backing out of a carpark. Remember, everyone makes mistakes, so be careful when opening your door, especially on windy days.
Keep your distance.
Parking close to an entrance (for example the cinema or a shopping mall) can increase the risk of your vehicle being damaged by others.
- Park further away from buildings where there are fewer vehicles and foot traffic when it is safe to do so.
- Park away from trolley return sites to avoid damage being caused to your vehicle by ‘runaway’ trolleys.
- Avoid spaces at the ends of rows where your vehicle could be scraped by others as they turn the corner.
Parking street smarts.
If you’re parking on the street:
- Get into the habit of folding in your wing mirrors.
- Park in the direction you are travelling and close to the kerb.
- Allow room for the vehicles ahead and behind to get out.
Things you should know.
The tips on this page are a brief summary only of general information.
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