Why

sianba

Active Member
Brought a new car last year first time I have ever owned a new car, usually have old bangers but worked hard got a couple of promotions and thought why not might never get a chance to do it again.

Any way woke up today walked to the car and someone has put a scratch all the way down the side of the car not a little scratch a big one as if it was done with a screw driver over the front wing across the drivers door then the rear door then the back wing, totally ****** me off.

But what I cant understand is WHY someone would do it, I can understand if they broke my window and nicked the stereo as there is a purpose behind it, and not as if they can see me and stick there fingers up so WHY do it, its not done by someone who knows me as I am a friendly guy and like to believe I have no enemies also the car up 3 doors from me has the same sort of scratch but as is car is old cant tell as much so think it done by someone walking up the road, just cant get over the mentality of people, you work hard for something then someone else fcks it up for you.

Took it to a guy I know you is very good body work specialist and he says the whole side needs respraying and cost me £600 quid to fix and due to my excess on insurance being £550 not worth going through them so its a lump of money forking out that I not got, totally ****** off and cant understand why someone do such a thing.

Si
 
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steviedog

Banned
I remember waking up a few years back to find that every car parked in our street (24 of them) had all had each 4 tires slashed.

This is the world we live in today. Full of scum.

EDIT: oh your from Coventry, say no more, so am I...
 

Anthony-Howard

Well-known Member
This happened to me a few weeks ago too. I don't come from money and like you have worked hard all my life. Now I have my dream car people do things like this. Swines also nicked my air cap thingies and let the damn tyres down too.

£1500 excess and just the tyre caps, which are colour coded, cost a few hundred pounds. If I ever got me hands on them I would probably end up in prison whilst some scumbag who's cell I have gets community service because the prisons are full.

Sorry to hear about yours but, even though I know its happens in other countries, I think this is just a sad indictment of 21st century Britain and is only going to get worse.

Makes me wonder why I should bother buying nice things. Still if I don't buy nice things I don't need to work hard and earn as much. Hell why not just go the whole hog and get social housing and claim benefits and not waste my time with a job if I am going to be too worried to dare enjoy spending my money on nice stuff.

Cheers,

Tony.
 

DJMS

Active Member
Sorry to hear it.

If as you say you have no reason to believe somebody has targetted you personally its almost certainly some :censored: :censored: teenager that should be at home in bed rather than roaming the streets drinking and doing crap like this :mad:

Hate to stereotype but its true, agree with Tony, sometimes wonder why bother buying anything nice.
 

PJTX100

Distinguished Member
It is disgraceful.

You should be able to buy the things you want and enjoy them. However, when it comes to cars, I deliberately dumb down my aspirations. I treat them as A to B jobbies that I invest in to keep safe and roadworthy, not particularly to enjoy.

Much better to invest in stuff you can lock safely away indoors, and not have to park at the mercy of Asda rash and worse.
 

paulyoung666

Distinguished Member
had this happen to a brand new mk4 mondeo 2 years ago , right down the passenger side , had no idea who did it or why !! , maybe i asked for it leaving it parked on the street , but why shouldnt i have done that , thankfully we have moved now into a quiet culdesac with off road parking , i sometimes wish i had caught the bastard , then i think if i had how much more trouble would i have had from them :mad: :mad: :mad:
 

Dancook

Distinguished Member
My previous address only had the option of street parking, but it is a quiet town with grade A/B insurance area.

My Audi A6, I had just spent £1500 on servicing, mot, tax, aa membership - because it was playing up big time. Finally all sorted, and that next weekend someone smashes the rear passenger window... it rained that night and the seats were soaked.

They didn't steal anything, and if you were going to steal something I'd figure you'd smash one of the front windows!

Thankfully I only had to pay a glass replacement excess of about £70 and it was replaced at my workplace.

I'm glad my new residence has underground secure parking.
 

loz

Well-known Member
Why?

Simple. You have got something. They haven't.

In their mind it "serves you right" for being flash.

We have created a schizophrenic society where on one hand we are all driven by consumerism and encouraged to desire shiny things, and yet on the other hand made to feel guilty for working hard and being well off and actually being able to afford those shiny things, and hence seen as someone who needs to have their wealth redistributed to others who [-]can't be arsed to do anything to improve themselves[/-] are less fortunate.

We are a society of have's and have not's, where instead of striving to become have's, the have not's would rather bring you down to their level...
 

ldoodle

Distinguished Member
Why do they do it? Simple; jealousy.

My parents came over last night to talk with the photographer about wedding photos. No joke they must have left about 9.50pm and my dad discovered the trim on his window had been peeled back. No other car damage up the road, which is well lighted and was right in front of our dining room window.

My dad left his sat nav stuck on the window so it was obviously a chancer just walking by.

The only solution is to stop building houses with no off-road parking or introduce proper punishment if caught, but that will never happen :thumbsdow

What angers me the most though is when people try to make things more secure, such as the x-ray scanner in Manchester airport, people start claiming it invades privacy. Well I am afraid that's the environment we live in.

Sometimes I wonder if the 'no-good' agencies are in fact made up of and run by criminals!
 
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Iccz

Member
:rolleyes:

Common sense, surely.
I stay in an officially low risk area, one of the lowest insurance risk areas in Britain.
I still wouldn't invite trouble by doing this.
Agreed the solution there isn't off-road parking or greater punishments, but to not leave valuable items on show in your car. My satnav sometimes leaves a little ring on the inside of my windscreen, I wipe this off after taking the satnav off just so anyone who sees it doesn't think it's kept in the glove box or something (so many satnav owners do and leave the holder on the window - or even the cable from the lighter to the glove box :D)
 

ldoodle

Distinguished Member
:rolleyes:

Common sense, surely.
I stay in an officially low risk area, one of the lowest insurance risk areas in Britain.
I still wouldn't invite trouble by doing this.
Fair enough I suppose, but the fact that it was so early and in front of a windows is complete idiocy on the criminals part.

If your plasma was in view from outside a window would you take it down or put it away everynight?
 

Iccz

Member
Fair enough I suppose, but the fact that it was so early and in front of a windows is complete idiocy on the criminals part.

If your plasma was in view from outside a window would you take it down or put it away everynight?
Different scenario, an opportunist will not see the plasma, break in and run off with it, to steal a plasma or other large items from a house it's going to require some planning.
An opportunist who breaks in will take small valuables like wallets, phones, keys, jewellery etc.
Car break-ins are a lot easier for the opportunist.
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
Sorry to hear about this, it makes my blood boil that scum could even think of doing something like this.
When I took my car in for repairs the other week I saw a brand new car which a a 2 inch line all the way around every panel, across the bonnet and the roof. It was down to the bare metal and someone had poured paint stripper on every panel. According to the bloke there it was probably going to be a write-off.
 

Hakagure

Banned
:rolleyes:

Common sense, surely.
I stay in an officially low risk area, one of the lowest insurance risk areas in Britain.
I still wouldn't invite trouble by doing this.
Not a criticism of you personally, I understand and the comment but I find the fact that you said "I still wouldnt invite trouble by doing this" interesting. It just shows that decent people now feel that leaving valuables on show "invites" trouble. And it shows that the scum who would steal from and damage other peoples property are out of control and to some degree dictating our actions. The lunatics are taking over the asylum.

A teenage scrote damaged my motorbike once, he walked away from court grinning. Got an ASBO of all things. He hinted that he would do it again. I got a grip of him on a dark night a few weeks later, put my hand round his throat and told him if he even thought about it I would cure of him of his oxygen stealing habit. Then I would go looking for people he cared about, no one would be off limits if I couldnt get to him. It worked, he wont look me in the eye now. Not my proudest moment but it worked. You have to speak to these people in a language they understand.
 

EarthRod

Distinguished Member
Hi Sianba

Getting back on topic, why should anyone scratch a brand-new car? Envy or revenge.

The chances are it was done by someone in your road, you probably know the person(s) by sight. It could be you upset someone through an arguement or telling-off a teenager.

In other words - it could be revenge.

Alan
 

Dony

Distinguished Member
Not a criticism of you personally, I understand and the comment but I find the fact that you said "I still wouldnt invite trouble by doing this" interesting. It just shows that decent people now feel that leaving valuables on show "invites" trouble. And it shows that the scum who would steal from and damage other peoples property are out of control and to some degree dictating our actions. The lunatics are taking over the asylum.


Sign of the times unfortunately.

I recently bought a new plasma that's still sitting in it's box. Yesterday, our window cleaner called. He's been cleaning our windows for the last 5 yrs and is a decent guy.
But when he left, I got paranoid that him seeing a boxed plasma may be too much of a temptation so I moved it out of sight last night.
 
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7ofnine

Well-known Member
Sign of the times unfortunately.

I recently bought a new plasma that's still sitting in it's box. Yesterday, our window cleaner called. He's been cleaning our windows for the last 5 yrs and is a decent guy.
But when he left, I got paranoid that him seeing a boxed plasma may be too much of a temptation so I moved it out of sight last night.
It's got to the stage now where putting that plasma box out for rubbish collection is a bad idea - it only advertises the fact that you have an expensive item to steal.
 

Iccz

Member
It's got to the stage now where putting that plasma box out for rubbish collection is a bad idea - it only advertises the fact that you have an expensive item to steal.
I always bring boxes and the polystyrene like that to work and throw it in the huge skip type thing here :thumbsup:
 

eric pisch

Novice Member
I remember waking up a few years back to find that every car parked in our street (24 of them) had all had each 4 tires slashed.

This is the world we live in today. Full of scum.

EDIT: oh your from Coventry, say no more, so am I...
When ever I get a new car I know expect to have it vandalised, its just a matter of time, 2 months in the case of my current car, someone backed into it in a pay and display car park doing £1200 of damage. A month back I lost my parking space at work and was given a business street parking permit. I bet someone a £10 it would get vandalised. 3 days latter someone lobbed half a brick at it trashing the bonnet.

The results of 10 years of a government that has eroded personal responsibility and enforced a legal system where young people know that no matter what they do there is no punishment I am afraid.

Getting another car in March, and I know that will get done as well....

And alas its not the world, Mostly just this country.
 

Hakagure

Banned
It's got to the stage now where putting that plasma box out for rubbish collection is a bad idea - it only advertises the fact that you have an expensive item to steal.
And as true as is this its a mindest we need to get away from. We need to make thieves scared to steal rather then decent folk afraid to have their property stolen or damaged.

In a world where damage to the OP's car would go largely unpunished the "why" is not as important as the "what are we going to do about it", I really feel for the OP, a hard working person screwed over for what ??, the mindless actions of a brain donor.
 

Iccz

Member
When ever I get a new car I know expect to have it vandalised, its just a matter of time, 2 months in the case of my current car, someone backed into it in a pay and display car park doing £1200 of damage. A month back I lost my parking space at work and was given a business street parking permit. I bet someone a £10 it would get vandalised. 3 days latter someone lobbed half a brick at it trashing the bonnet.

The results of 10 years of a government that has eroded personal responsibility and enforced a legal system where young people know that no matter what they do there is no punishment I am afraid.

Getting another car in March, and I know that will get done as well....

And alas its not the world, Mostly just this country.
Probably a number of people you've upset while driving hunting your car down :smashin:

But seriously sorry to hear that it happens so much, I never realised so many people had problems with new cars, luckily, touch wood, neither me or my family have had any problems like this.
 

eric pisch

Novice Member
Probably a number of people you've upset while driving hunting your car down :smashin:

But seriously sorry to hear that it happens so much, I never realised so many people had problems with new cars, luckily, touch wood, neither me or my family have had any problems like this.
They can never keep up!

Getting backed into in car parks and the driver just leaving is becoming very common :mad:
 
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Member 116841

Distinguished Member
I remember waking up a few years back to find that every car parked in our street (24 of them) had all had each 4 tires slashed.

This is the world we live in today. Full of scum.

EDIT: oh your from Coventry, say no more, so am I...
:rotfl:

Because these underachievers are never going to own a new car for themselves, I think they get pleasure in vandalising new cars due to jealousy. Maybe they can't drive themselves and see people with nice cars and want to teach them some sort of lesson. I'm not a driver, but I wouldn't dream of doing that to somebody elses car as I know how much it cost, and know how I'd feel if it happened to me.

As already mentioned, we're pampering too much to wreckless kids like this, and they know nothing or very little will happen to them for doing it. There's just no respect for other people's property anymore, or indeed any respect for other people. To tackle this sort of behaviour, and just general public behaviour, is going to be a long uphill struggle, which I can't see being successful. I'm not looking forward to being a pensioner in this country. Luckily I have 20 years to do something about it.
 

Jay

Banned
Sorry to hear about your car.

It could be someone petty that's jealous, or it could simply young kids doing it for fun :rolleyes:

Either way whoever done it is a C***
 

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