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Old 04-07-2002, 01:01   #1 (permalink)
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frown is there any point to having a nice car???

when i had the EF XR6, i used to hate leaving it all day in a public carpark, especially on the outskirts of the city (northbridge). in thatt area, there are some real dreggs. then when i parked it in a shopping centre, i would park far away and beside another nice car. in fact, i once eard that there were two simple ways to stop your car getting nicked...

1. park as close to a commodore as possible
2. park near something better than yours.

now i have a scabby old ford fiesta. it shows a 1.1 badge, proudly displaying a lack of power, the paint is shot to shit (it is funny seeing peoples faces when i park beside them), i know it is unlikely to get pinched.

i saw a car at a sports venue on friday night that had been broken into. admittedly someone must have seen the owner playing with a suitcase, but the fiesta wasleft untouched. sadly, the suitcase was all over the carpark.
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Old 04-07-2002, 01:23   #2 (permalink)
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Mate i fully understand..... & what is it with people?? i mean i park uphill at shopping centres, away from everyone else & funnily enuff when i return theres some idiot parked right next to me , so close that they've left dings in my door from carelessly opening theirs.... You know what really cooks their goose........ Trying to get their car keys in the lock & then realising that its been filled with snapped off matches...... some people are real Devious....
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I dunno, seems around Newcastle and Sydney thieves will target anything at all. It doesn't matter really what the car is, if it looks like it'll contain something of value (or not!), or looks like it'll give at least a partially joyful ride, then the dickheads will have a go at it. And often enough, dickheads need no incentive to break into or vandalise a car. :fmad: :fmad: :fmad:

Insurance will at least fix the car, but it has a harder time with the refined pure rage that goes with it.
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Old 04-07-2002, 01:46   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah always seem a trade off owning a good car. I mean i haven't owned an XR yet, but after looking after my wagon like theres no tomorrow and seeing someone slamming a door on the side of the car i often wonder at times whether it's worth getting an XR.

Especially for owners who are padantic like pretty much all of us here.
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The truth of it is as mean as it may sound, the reason it is safer to park next to a nice/new car is that they as a different breed of people. They have know reason to really be jealous, they already have a nice car, and even if yours is better they can understand what sort of effort and money it takes to get a car like it!
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Regarding the Fiesta, I believe that amateur thieves looking for a car that will be easy to break into (for a ride home) would target something just like it - but even a basic immobiliser would solve that problem.
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Occaisionally I take up 2 car spots when I park (away from other cars, and only if the car park has heaps of spots.

I did that thismorning at preston, and my passanger abused me for being selfish. I think there where maybe 5 other cars in the car park (of maybe 40 car capacity). My passanger didnt seem to want to know my reasoning behind taking up 2 spaces.

I did it again when I went to dinner tonight. He made a wise move not to challenge me then.
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festa has an immobiliser. i actually enjo yparking it cos i feel comfortable that it will be there when i get back. it is also no big deal if some clown does open their door on the car. i also take this car top the shops. boot is just about big enough to fit the shopping.

and, if it does ultimately get nicked, the car cost me $1200. i wont be happy, but i would be a lot more miserabl if it was the xr or the rs.
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This is one of the reasons I have 2 cars I couldn't park the XD anywhere without it being in sight.
I think if anyone took the Magna I would find it worth the inconvienance for the amusment factor alone & it has so many dings & scratches that I couldn't care less
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Although I like the idea of taking up 2 car spaces, I wont do it due to what happened to a guy I know.

One time he did it and cam back to another car parked so damn close he had to climb in through the passenger side. Another time his car was keyed. Both times the car park would have been 20-30% full.

I just park as far away from anybody else.

Unfortuanatly even parked in the garage I managed to get a big ding, thanks to a particular family member.
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