I clearly remember the worst day of my life, as it revisits me each time I wax my car. It was during the month of August that I had a date with a long time crush. We planned to go to dinner and a Broadway show. I was driving my new BMW 3 series coupe with approx. 3,500 miles clocked and I was feeling good. It seemed like the perfect evening - I had my new car, a cute girl and an evening planned for fun and adventure. Little did I know that this night would become a parking nightmare. I decide early in the evening that I would try and find street parking, and if that failed I would find a local parking garage.
After having my previous cars scratched in parking garages, I try to avoid them whenever possible. Turns out my night started off on a lucky note, since I easily found a parking spot on 42nd between 6th and 7th avenue, only a block away from the broadway show. The parking spot was perfect, it was one and half car lengths allowing me more then enough maneuverability and there was a hydrant behind me. After the show I could not wait to get back to my awesome BWM. The night was young and my date was going great. As I approached my vehicle, I could see that my car was sandwiched between two SUVs, a Honda Pilot and a Toyota Highlander. The Toyota was parked illegally and right up my car's bumper. I quickly assessed the situation and realized my car was wedged into the spot with 1-2" on either side. As I looked closely at my bumper, I could clearly see screw marks and a 1" scar in the paint. Funny thing is that I was considering purchasing a bumper guard a few days earlier, but decided that I did not need it. All the while my date was watching me intently wondering why I was examining my car. At this point there was nothing I could do. I could not wait around until the two SUVs moved. Without any options, I rocked my car back and forth tapping the vehicle forward and aft until I could pull out. This is my parking nightmare.
If you have any parking nightmare stories you would like to share. Avoid parking nightmares and get a bumper protector. Bumper protection will help reduce the risk of parking related bumps and bruises.
Before purchasing a ParkingArmor please consider the following:
Your trunk width must be large enough to accommodate storing the ParkingArmor flat when not in use. Measure the interior width of your trunk space to determine the maximum size ParkingArmor your vehicle can accommodate. (For example, if the interior width of your trunk is 46 inches, do not order the 4.8 Edition, order the slightly smaller 4.2 edition, so it can store flat in your trunk).
The location of the vehicle’s exhaust pipes is very important when selecting the correct size ParkingArmor for your vehicle. Be sure to measure the distance between your rear exhaust pipes to ensure you have enough space between ParkingArmor and your exhaust pipes. ParkingArmor should never come in contact with exhaust pipes. Do not cover or block the vehicle’s exhaust (even after parking the exhaust pipes remain hot and any contact may damage the product or vehicle). (next para) Note: For example, the Porsche Cayenne has exhaust pipes located high in the bumper.
If you plan on parking on the street and your rear license plate is located in your bumper, please contact us (link) for alternative product recommendations. Do not cover or obstruct your rear license plate when parking on the street or you risk receiving a ticket.
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