MalcolmReynolds
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Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 5:15 pm

Ever since I purchased my Leaf I have had the most infuriating and odd thing happen when I drive my car. I always park out in the middle of nowhere in the parking lot at my local stores. That way people stay away from my car, easier to park, and I can certainly use the exercise. I have not had any problems for the most part doing this ever... Until I bought my Leaf.

I buy a Leaf and park the same way and I cannot tell you how many times now I have had someone park next to me in the middle of nowhere and then SLAM their car door into the side of my car. I now have at least 4 door dings/dents on my car now because of this. I can hardly drive my car to a store and park in a parking lot an not have someone hit my car.

At this point I can only assume that the Leaf brings some sort of response from people that they don't like the car, the look of the car, or the fact it is an EV. I don't know the motive, but very clearly something is going on where I have seen this issue with this car. I am just about afraid to drive it anywhere because of this now. It is seriously that bad and that often I am having this issue.

Have any of you noticed aggressive behavior toward your car? At this point I actually avoid taking my car to parking lots because it is so bad which means I can hardly drive the car for it's intended purpose.
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RegGuheert
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 6:03 pm

MalcolmReynolds wrote:Have any of you noticed aggressive behavior toward your car?
Never. We have had the LEAF for over six years now and I am not aware of a single door ding on the car. That is true even though electric cars are rare here and big diesel trucks are common.

In fact, I've had a lot of positive interest in the car from people I meet in parking lots over the years.

I'm sorry to hear that you are having this issue. Where do you live?
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MalcolmReynolds
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 6:07 pm

I live in Colorado. I have never had an issue before either that I can recall. So I find this very odd that I am having this issue with the Leaf. The fact that the people that are doing this are going out of there way to park out in boonies just to park next to my car is equally strange. Sometimes that happens that would happen before, but not a lot.
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 6:57 pm

Do you have any bumper or window stickers on the car?
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MalcolmReynolds
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 7:03 pm

Nope, nothing like that on the car at all. Nothing that would make it attract attention other than is it a Leaf which does admittedly look pretty odd.
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 8:44 pm

I live in a very "Purple" area, with democrats, republicans, greens... my car, however, is pretty much ignored. You might actually be safer parking in the more densely 'populated' spaces near the stores and their security cameras.
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MalcolmReynolds
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 9:00 pm

I have never seen anything like this before. So I thought I would ask if anyone else was having any issues like this.
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Wed May 09, 2018 9:21 pm

FWIW, I've expected incidents, but none have materialized. What I have noticed is that the outer regions of larger parking lots tend to attract people who aren't there to shop. I'm fortunate (sort of, anyway) to have a Handicapped placard, as it lets me park close to stores, but in spaces with buffer zones (for van access) around them.
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Thu May 10, 2018 12:03 am

When I had my Leaf, the only behavioral issue I've noticed is that people would never get behind me at stoplights. I would look in the mirror and actually see people leaving me alone in my lane to join several others in the other lane. My guess is they think I'll accelerate away at a snail's pace (this is when Leafs were more common than Teslas). They got a surprise as soon as that light turned green.

Now that I drive one of the most anonymous BEVs in the world (eGolf) I don't notice any behavioral changes from people. I was even waiting for someone to leave a nastygram complaining about my "cheating diesel" but that never happened.
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Evoforce
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Re: Do people hate your car?

Thu May 10, 2018 12:26 am

Where I live, no discrimination here. Everyone gets dinged. I just don't know why people just fling their doors open without a care. It is very aggravating.
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