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Scratched my car getting out of public parking

On sunday I was at Laussane and scratched my car getting our the parking. It was super narrow even by CH standards.
Checked with my insurance company and they will cover the damage.
I have 02 questions:
Would it make better sense to get this repaired on my own or have the costs (partially) covered by Insurance company.
Also does any know of good, reasonable garages in Basel who could do this? Else any ones in Germany or France who could repair the scratches.
Many thanks for your help in advance.
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It depends!!

If it costs you a few hundred to get repaired here or Germany you may find that it is not worth claiming.
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Agree. And Thank you.
Do you know of any good garages in Basel/Rheinfelden who speak English.
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Shit happens. Last time, I didn't claim the damage which would have set me back an excess of CHF1000 from my current insurance. Instead of, I went for a repair in Germany which cost me CHF425. This way I saved more than double the amount. If you're interested, I can PM you details of the garage in Waldshut-Tiengen.


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I use these guys over the border in Germany -- they do good work at reasonable prices:

http://www.gb-autoservice-schopfheim.de/

Mr. Geisz speaks some English.

Alternatively, if the damage is minor, I've used ATU's Smart Repair system:

http://www.atu.de/pages/meisterwerks...rt-repair.html

They perform the work at the ATU in Weil-am-Rhein.
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Re: Scratched my car getting out of public parking

Forgive me for the (slight) tangent, but is there any explanation why narrow garage entrances are so incredibly prevalent in Switzerland? There is a very high concentration of big, expensive cars, but at the same time I often get the feeling that whoever designs garage entrances drives a Peel P50 and is a miserable, ungrateful and spineless git who wishes that anyone with more than 50 rappen on their bank account suffers from scraped bumpers.

I particularly don't get the tendency to introduce sharp bends and very high kerbs in already very tight corridors. Garages in Zurich are particularly fond of this, to the point where I simply don't use them because I detest playing tetris with my car.

The only explanation I can come up with is expense, which can account for the tight spaces, but not for the inexplicable kerbs and sharp corners.
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Old 31.03.2016, 14:28
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Forgive me for the (slight) tangent, but is there any explanation why narrow garage entrances are so incredibly prevalent in Switzerland? There is a very high concentration of big, expensive cars, but at the same time I often get the feeling that whoever designs garage entrances drives a Peel P50 and is a miserable, ungrateful and spineless git who wishes that anyone with more than 50 rappen on their bank account suffers from scraped bumpers.

I particularly don't get the tendency to introduce sharp bends and very high kerbs in already very tight corridors. Garages in Zurich are particularly fond of this, to the point where I simply don't use them because I detest playing tetris with my car.

The only explanation I can come up with is expense, which can account for the tight spaces, but not for the inexplicable kerbs and sharp corners.
Promotion of parking sensors.
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Forgive me for the (slight) tangent, but is there any explanation why narrow garage entrances are so incredibly prevalent in Switzerland?
Because people know how to handle a car.
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Promotion of parking sensors.




There is no way to get my car through the Jelmoli parking without the sensors being on solid red... that's not helpful. (And I simply technically cannot fit it into the one at Pfingstweidstrasse.)


I guess the bottom line is that most parking places in Zurich are old. They have been upgraded and updated at times, but the structure remains the same. Cars got much bigger over the last 20-30 years and this shows it. In other cities do you occasionally tear down a car park and build it up new... here you simply don't as they are on the one hand build with a concrete quality fit for some centuries and on the other hand prohibitively high labour costs...
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Because people know how to handle a car.
The fact that the sidewalls and barriers are coated in car paint in almost every single garage in Zurich would indicate otherwise
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There is no way to get my car through the Jelmoli parking without the sensors being on solid red... that's not helpful. (And I simply technically cannot fit it into the one at Pfingstweidstrasse.)


I guess the bottom line is that most parking places in Zurich are old. They have been upgraded and updated at times, but the structure remains the same. Cars got much bigger over the last 20-30 years and this shows it. In other cities do you occasionally tear down a car park and build it up new... here you simply don't as they are on the one hand build with a concrete quality fit for some centuries and on the other hand prohibitively high labour costs...
That pretty much covers it! (Although I can't work out whether you are attempting to willy wave or make yourself a target for anti-SUV rhetoric).

The worst kerbed corners in the world are those going onto the top level of a a carriage on the Eurotunnel.
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That pretty much covers it! (Although I can't work out whether you are attempting to willy wave or make yourself a target for anti-SUV rhetoric).
I actually dont drive a SUV (but the parking is still very tight.) ... but on this forum do you make yourself a target for idiots all the time. When I said "please don't drive unpredictably" am I told off to be some agressive driver, clearly tailgating and probably killing children. In this case am I probably also responsible for the deaths of kittens and puppies at the same time...
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In this case am I probably also responsible for the deaths of kittens and puppies at the same time...
You didn't ask for the puppies and kittens to be born did you??

When I was back in London I had an old Volvo 760 - which featured the PRV V6 - an epically bad engine whose one redeeming feature was its lovely sound. At the time Prius' were becoming popular in London and since the PRV dated back to a time where pollution simply didn't exist its exhaust emissions weren't exactly what you would call "environmentally friendly". This lead to me gaining much enjoyment from cutting up Prius drivers (remember you are never in the wrong lane in a 20+ year old Volvo) - and then revving the engine when stopped ahead of them!! "You're saving the world for me - you mug!!!!"

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I actually dont drive a SUV (but the parking is still very tight.) ... but on this forum do you make yourself a target for idiots all the time. When I said "please don't drive unpredictably" am I told off to be some agressive driver, clearly tailgating and probably killing children. In this case am I probably also responsible for the deaths of kittens and puppies at the same time...

I thought you got off pretty lightly.

The parking garage where I live is small and tight. The marked spaces are only big enough for a compact sized car. When I took the space the guy showing me said that they don't offer them to women because the one's who have taken a place in the past have all scratched their car and then cancelled the contract. If someone parks next to me then it takes me a while to get out. I don't have any scratches from me parking but instead a series of notches on the door from the guy who parks next to me not caring about how he opens his door. I have a magnetic protector strip now. ...with dents in it.
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The fact that the sidewalls and barriers are coated in car paint in almost every single garage in Zurich would indicate otherwise
it is expat graffiti
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On sunday I was at Laussane and scratched my car getting our the parking. It was super narrow even by CH standards.
Checked with my insurance company and they will cover the damage.
I have 02 questions:
Would it make better sense to get this repaired on my own or have the costs (partially) covered by Insurance company.
Also does any know of good, reasonable garages in Basel who could do this? Else any ones in Germany or France who could repair the scratches.
Many thanks for your help in advance.
Are the scratches deep? It's amazing how much stuff you can do yourself for very little cash and a couple of hours elbow grease. Have a look on Youtube at repairing car scratches. I know some people have enough money and don't care but for others DIY is always an alternative.
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Forgive me for the (slight) tangent, but is there any explanation why narrow garage entrances are so incredibly prevalent in Switzerland?
Like this?

Day one of my CH experience, driving into "my" parking space under the temporary apt. I very easily could have wedged it in there. Turn too soon and the roof gets it. Turn too late, and the front end won't clear the cars parked at the end of the ramp. Sweet spot turned out to be a 6-7 point turn to get the alignment just right. (think Austin Powers buggy scene)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGiQOCX9UbM

I did get it in and then proceeded to scrape the bumper the next morning at the exit (similar challenge, requiring even more maneuvering)

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Alternatively, if the damage is minor, I've used ATU's Smart Repair system:

http://www.atu.de/pages/meisterwerks...rt-repair.html

They perform the work at the ATU in Weil-am-Rhein.
Anybody here who has tried ATU Smart Repair?
There is an ATU in Hinwil, is there a Swiss-premium applied or same price as the DE branches?
Mine is mainly paint transfer and a very small chip, no scratch/dent so Iím hopeful that this smart repair would work. Tried to buff/polish by hand but it seems will need a machine.
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Anybody here who has tried ATU Smart Repair?
There is an ATU in Hinwil, is there a Swiss-premium applied or same price as the DE branches?
Mine is mainly paint transfer and a very small chip, no scratch/dent so Iím hopeful that this smart repair would work. Tried to buff/polish by hand but it seems will need a machine.
They have a website

And a "Tiefstpreis Garantie" - if you get a lower offer they match it!
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Because people know how to handle a car.
I accept that our big car, an xc90 would be a bit tight in some spaces.. But virtually all car parks I use I need to drive around to find an end of row space or similar .. Ok it's fairly big but it's hardly an F-150.

The spaces here are small, they just are.. And as xynth says, we're not exactly in a small car country! I don't get why the spaces are so small either.
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