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If you get door dinged while sitting in the car...

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by SlimJim, Feb 16, 2020.

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Catch a door dinger. What do you do?

  1. Tell them to be more careful next time and let them go.

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  2. Ask for their insurance information.

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  3. Ask for cash compensation on the spot. But how much?

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  4. Kick their ass

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  5. Other

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  1. SlimJim

    SlimJim Member

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    If you are sitting in the car at a parking lot, and the passenger of the car parked next to you opens the door and it hits your car and you get a door ding.
    What is the best thing to do?
     
  2. webbah

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    Firstly, did it cause visible damage? That’s essential information.
     
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  3. xa1200

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    I’m interested in hearing people’s responses as well. Always thought about what I would do in this situation.

    Will the damage be too small to get reimbursed? Would you need proof of any sort? What if they just drove away?
     
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  4. dmurphy

    dmurphy Woof.

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    A big dent, we’d have to talk. Small paint smudge or something, a “be more careful”.

    Small stuff happens. Ticks me off, but I’m not going to drag someone through insurance for it either.
     
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  5. WilliamG

    WilliamG Active Member

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    If it’s damaged, you get insurance information. If it’s not, you don’t. I really don’t think whether I’m in the car or not should have any bearing on this.
     
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  6. whatthe2

    whatthe2 Active Member

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    Depends on how bad the damage is. I’ve had this happen to me when a lady opened her door and the wind caught it and banged into my door. I got her insurance information but after cleaning it off and looking at it further, I called her and said it wasn’t a big enough deal to worry about so I let it go. What looked bad and sounded bad initially turned out to be pretty minor.
     
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  7. GuyDude

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    Ass-whooping is in order!
     
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    Knightshade Well-Known Member

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  9. tvad

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    In Los Angeles, engaging a driver who caused a door ding could result in an eye-roll...or a bullet in the head. Rarely would it result in an apology or an offer of compensation.
     
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  10. SlimJim

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    This happened to my wife's relatively new BMW with no previous dings or any other damage.
    So basically that door ding popped the cherry for my wife's car.
    Neither my wife or I like to confront others so we didn't.
    But I was curious what other people would do in that situation.

    Every time I walk by my wife's car in the garage, I notice that ding and I remember that incident..
     
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  11. ThomasD

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    What would you do if you opened your car door into another car? Would you leave your insurance info on their car windshield?
     
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  12. tvad

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    If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
     
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  13. vogz

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    Completely depends on the situation and what damage there is (if any). I have a buddy that does PDR, so I wouldn’t usually consider asking for insurance info unless there was paint damage beyond some scuffs or light scratches. If there was a dent I’d probably offer to let them go on their way for $50 on the spot to cover my buddy’s time and effort.
     
  14. vickh

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    related question. Is there a product to help protect from this and wheel scraping.?
     
  15. Knightshade

    Knightshade Well-Known Member

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    PPF could potentially protect the paint from a light door opening... less so if it's hard enough to cause an actual dent
     
  16. Mrcarcrazy

    Mrcarcrazy Many Leather bound books.

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    One time wind caught my door and dented the car next to me. I knew the owner luckily. It was a pretty black BMW. I went to her office and said “I dented your car, I’ve called a PDR guy, he will fix it”. He did, all was well. She was shocked I think. Told me I didn’t need to. I disagreed with that.
     
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  18. Uncle Paul

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    Someone damages your car, simply ask for insurance info. If refused or refused compensation, take a picture of their license plate and consider turning them in for hit and run. One bad attitude often leads to another.

    On the other hand, sometimes confrontation can lead to an even worse situation. Need to make a judgement call.

    If a cute girl is at fault, perhaps just get her # and talk it over at a nice dinner. (cue #me too comments")
     
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  19. MichaelP90DL

    MichaelP90DL Active Member

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    I wonder whose car would be damaged if the other person's door slammed into the side of your Cybertruck.
     
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  20. Avid

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    In the immortal words of one Mal (content) Reynolds; paraphrasing, "If someone is trying to damage your car, you damage theirs right back", or some such. :)
     
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