Car Paint Protection in Commissary & Exchange Parking Lots

Be happy if you have wide parking spaces. If you are stationed overseas, you know that there are many countries around the world that have parking spaces the size of postage stamps. Not literally, but it's a lot easier to keep your car's paint job looking new with wide open parking spaces. To expand on the thought process - always keep your eyes open for parking spots in the Commissary or Exchange that are larger than others.

The far side. If you park you car to the far left or far right side of a parking space that abuts something other than another parking spot - it can increase the distance between your car and another car owner who doesn't care about your paint job. Whatever you do, though, don't park near shopping cart storage bins: Just imagine some kid launching a shopping cart from a distance to see if they can make it in the storage bin - bowling for shopping carts, aye.

The farthest side. Similarly, if you park at the distant end of a parking lot - far, far away from the Commissary or PX BX NEX front entrance - there are usually a lesser number of cars in that area because human nature causes people to park as close possible to front entrances. It's good exercise to walk a little bit anyway. Heck, dream up more excuses to park even farther away - for even more exercise.

Note. The thought process for this Hub came about in the 80s while observing a number of cool, expensive cars parked nearly sideways in parking spots - taking up at least two parking spots (or four, if the driver had the gumption to do so). Being an inquisitive sort, I finally posed the question to a bud who drove a cherry red corvette and he explained it away as a car-paint-job-protection technique. He said he used to get parking tickets all the time for parking in this manner, but didn't care. I would highly recommend other methods, as noted above.

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Thanks for the tips ... 4 comments

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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Absolutely, send a copy to Lowes management. I think stores should be more proactive with protecting their customers' cars and trucks, so the customers will visit more often. :-)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Dammit Man! Being a contractor I spend a fair amount of time at Lowes (no plug intended) and been side swiped twice, once on each side in the parking lot. Did they bother to leave a note. Heck no.

Now this coming Friday I am turning my truck into the body shop man, at our expense let me add, and will hopefully get it back by Monday morning.

Thanks for the tips. Maybe I should send a copy to Lowes management?


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Thanks, Emmanuel. The above are just my personal experiences. I found a bunch of other tips while confirming my thoughts for this Hub - I'll update again later. Sean


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice info,thanks for sharing.

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