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So I got my first two door chips in my driver side rear door basically right where the two doors meet. Pretty annoyed with the fact that either a rock hit it or an ******* hit it with their door. I've tried park far away, on the ends, or in an isolated spot, but this still happens. I guess I just wanted to vent a little. I'm trying to tell myself it's just a car, but I really hoped I could keep it longer than 6-7 months without scratches or paint chips. It's just a car, fix it and move on, right, right? Should I just forget about being a "parking lot hiker" and just park wherever? This just feels so unavoidable... I'm going to start carrying cones in my trunk.
Any thoughts on fixing? Best to just get touch-up paint from the dealer and lightly touch it up?
Do those of you who park far still park far when this happens?
Thanks for listening - I'll get over it soon enough.
 

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Subaru has always been known for its terrible and soft paint. Chips and scratches will continue to happen. Best just get used to it.
 

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^Every car forum I've ever been on says the same thing about their paint. It may not be the same with all brands, but I don't believe soft paint is exclusive to Subaru.

I'm trying to tell myself it's just a car.
It's just a car, fix it and move on, right, right?
^This. I personally wouldn't even fix it if it's not noticeable. I have a rule for caring for dents/scratches and in reference to car care/cleaning. If the car still looks good from 10-20 feet away then it's not worth bothering with. Very few people will be right up on your car looking at it and you'd do best just to ignore it. I wouldn't go past getting some scratch-X/polish or paying someone to buff it out.
 

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So I got my first two door chips in my driver side rear door basically right where the two doors meet. Pretty annoyed with the fact that either a rock hit it or an ******* hit it with their door. I've tried park far away, on the ends, or in an isolated spot, but this still happens. I guess I just wanted to vent a little. I'm trying to tell myself it's just a car, but I really hoped I could keep it longer than 6-7 months without scratches or paint chips. It's just a car, fix it and move on, right, right? Should I just forget about being a "parking lot hiker" and just park wherever? This just feels so unavoidable... I'm going to start carrying cones in my trunk.
Any thoughts on fixing? Best to just get touch-up paint from the dealer and lightly touch it up?
Do those of you who park far still park far when this happens?
Thanks for listening - I'll get over it soon enough.
Touch up paint. It's just a car.
 

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Look, it's only going to get worse over time.

Consider it a battle scar and move on.
 

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Touch up paint. It's just a car.
This. It's the natural way of things; I put the first flaw on my not-even-3-weeks-old Camaro, yesterday, myself. Our garage is pretty tight, so I have to park waaay over near my tools, so that my wife can exit her car with space. The (crazy, overly large) door went a hair too far, and made contact with my cordless jigsaw, mounted on the wall, and created a paint chip at the back edge of the door. Didn't make me happy, but a quick investment in some touchup paint (hopefully here this week) will make it more or less unnoticeable.
 

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I had a buddy that put purposefully put a scratch on every [new to him] car of which he took ownership so he would stop obsessing and worrying. I don't recommend that extreme, but I admire the thought.
 

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This. It's the natural way of things; I put the first flaw on my not-even-3-weeks-old Camaro, yesterday, myself. Our garage is pretty tight, so I have to park waaay over near my tools, so that my wife can exit her car with space. The (crazy, overly large) door went a hair too far, and made contact with my cordless jigsaw, mounted on the wall, and created a paint chip at the back edge of the door. Didn't make me happy, but a quick investment in some touchup paint (hopefully here this week) will make it more or less unnoticeable.
Yeah it's tough. But eventually every dig and dent just means you use the car and it doesn't sit around rotting.
 

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Yeah, eventually I settle in to the "hey, it looks good from 20 feet away" pattern, and can be happy with that for many years.
 

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yeah you guys are right, battle scars from actual use and not just sitting. thanks for making me feel better about it.

That being said, I'm probably going to buy a bottle of touch up paint.
 

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Always happens . . . I get a new car and think I'm going to be very, very careful and keep this car looking pristine inside and outside.

Then life happens . . .

I get busy and realize that spending an hour in the freezing cold in middle of January is not high on my priority list . . .

I get a chip or some scratches from what have you . . .

And it's about then that I realize that cars are meant to be driven . . . and when they are driven they will get dirty, wear and not look factory fresh.

I guess I would rather have fun driving my car than to obsess about every scratch, swirl, dirty carpet or rock chip.
 

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I feel that pain. When the roads get icy here they dump tons of little rocks on the road so people can get traction and when the ice melts those little rocks end up destroying your paint and windshield. Subarus crappy paint plus little rocks = Goodbye paintjob. a car is a car.
 

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I feel that pain. When the roads get icy here they dump tons of little rocks on the road so people can get traction and when the ice melts those little rocks end up destroying your paint and windshield. Subarus crappy paint plus little rocks = Goodbye paintjob. a car is a car.
Oh man, when they started using some type of sand or gravel here years ago it was lights out for any paintjob. I've seen those clear bras look like they had suffered a shotgun blast from it after a few years.

I cant imagine somewhere where they always use it, and all the time.
 

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i curbed my wheel when the car was 4 months old. 10 mins with a dremel flap-wheel and a small paintbrush and its perfect unless i bend down and get close. i see damage as another excuse to work on my car, witch i enjoy doing.
 
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