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This Saturday morning, my wife wanted to stimulate the economy by re-doing our perfectly good kitchen. As I was about to parked my 550 in a large shopping center, a SUV drove pass and a young boy yelled out a back window, “Wow, it’s a Ferrari.”

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Hi Bart,
Nice car, the 550!
I have not had my Mondial for too long but cannot see it parked anywhere but in the garage. Am I simply overconcerned or paranoid about vandalism?
 

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Hi Bart,
Nice car, the 550!
I have not had my Mondial for too long but cannot see it parked anywhere but in the garage. Am I simply overconcerned or paranoid about vandalism?
Hi Jung,
In a way you are overly concerned and in others not. Let me explain how I came to terms with the dilemma.

I think the first thing to do is consider the type of area you are parking your car.
Is it a 'good' neighborhood?
Is the car parked in a high visability area? Begging for unwanted attention.
Is it going to be out of your sight for a long period of time?
Is the parking area secure, like a parking garage, semi-secure?
If it is in a public lot can you park away from others to reduce door dings?

When I am at a restaurant I try to park where I can keep an eye on it or at least peek out at it once in a while. I have parked at gas stations, restaurants, fast food joints and grocery stores observing what people do around the car when they think nobody is watching. Most are respectful that I have seen. In the year and a half I have owned the car nobody has messed with it.

The worst places I can think of is in the 'inner city', on the street, parallel parked, damage and vandals. A mall parking lot, damage and vandals.
Movie theater, damage and vandals. Clubs and bars, damage and vandals.

One last point. I have insurance on my 308 that covers vandalism. It would break my heart if someone hurt my car but after all, it is a car and it can be repaired.

If I worried so much about what other people would do to my car I would not have any fun when I took it out. I try to excersize a little faith in humanity. Living in the northwest USA helps too. I live in a rural area where most are 'car guys (and girls)' anyway and are mostly just curious.
 

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Hi Spasso,
Thanks for the sound advice. I suppose caution is preferable to paranoia :wink:
 

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One time I saw a BMW in a very bad Mexican infested area and you know what he did to keep his car visable. He turned on his emergency lights and it lighted up the whole parking lot. That may work for a Ferrari.
 

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Bart said:
This Saturday morning, my wife wanted to stimulate the economy by re-doing our perfectly good kitchen. As I was about to parked my 550 in a large shopping center, a SUV drove pass and a young boy yelled out a back window, “Wow, it’s a Ferrari.”

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It is just like me 8)
 

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Well i am not going to lie. Arizona is near the border and there are some bad Mexican areas. I am not against them but they act like they own eveything when there the ones that illegally came to america.
 
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