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Suggestions and Guidelines From Tesla Owners When Parking Your Tesla in Parking Lots

Tesla Model S has the amazing self-parking mode which you can use for autopilot parking, but when if you are parking your Model S or other Tesla models in a parking lot? Here is what some Tesla owners recommend.

Practice Manually Before using Perpendicular Parking

"Practice parking in distant parking spaces at first until you get used to pulling into perpendicular stalls. Check to see how straight you can pull in on the first try. My sweetie had trouble parking straight for a bit and he thinks it is because the back end is wider than the front. Maybe you'll have better luck if you know that ahead of time," recommends Joy from Tesla Model S Owners Club on Facebook.

He also ads that for wheels, he has used the alloy gators until he had the tires replaced and "I keep meaning to get another set. We don't have parking sensors - 2012 model. Valets are no issue in our area, but we're on the west coast and Teslas are everywhere," he writes.

Trust Your Sensors and Take Corners Wide

Another Tesla Model S owner Jeremy says trust the sensor array. "It is very helpful finding your distance. also try to back into spots as the rear camera helps a lot getting between the lines, my current issue when parking," Jeremy writes.

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"Take your time. Drive slow. Don't let bad drivers behind you or across from you rush you. Take corners wide. Model S is a very wide car and it's easy to scuff rear wheels. Park in the back of parking lots. I get nervous using a valet, but honestly they probably drive/park better than most of us Tesla owners as they are professional parkers," recommends a forum user named DWReck.

Another user, named Bhargav, says it's not a hard thing to park a Tesla. "Don't be the guy who parks a continent away. if you get some curb rash, any decent wheel repair shop will have them looking like new for about $50 a wheel. just be mindful of your surroundings and enjoy yourself," he writes.

Other Tesla owners say that for some of them wheel rash is the biggest issue for me. If you have the 21s you should expect it at some point. Otherwise just be careful, is their suggestion. Some suggestions recommend trying self-parking mode. They say it works pretty well.

Reasons to Park Away

If you are very concerned, park far away and look into some bumper protectors for when you park at the street. Yet, others recommend rim protectors ( let's say alloy gators). They will pay for themselves in protecting you from curb rash.

"Park away from most of the crowd. If possible, do not park downhill from other cars at a market. That's to avoid runaway shopping carts," suggest a Tesla owner named Dennis.

"My car is 3 years old and not a single door ding. I have a tendency to park in end spots Or way out where nobody else parks. Plus I get a little exercise while doing it," writes Renee.

Insurance Considerations

Call your automobile insurance company and look at the deductible on your policy. "You may lower it (depending on cost) so that if or when something happens you are in a position to get it fixed without too much money out of pocket," writes Timothy.

But to this disagrees Joey, who says this. "I generally disagree. I suggest raising the deductible as high as possible and pocketing the premium savings." Now, that might be "cheaper" but it won't create a behavior pattern that allows the user to get the car repaired when damaged.

Be Realistic

"Honestly, you cannot protect your car. I tried that with my first Tesla and it still got dented in the stupidest way possible (lady let go of her shopping cart while I was driving by the front of a grocery store, I ended up paying $1200 in repairs because it was not an auto related damage, it falls under civil litigation) Just enjoy your car! Shit will happen, no point in worrying about it at this moment," writes a Tesla owner Apoorv.

What about you? How do you park and where do you park your Tesla?


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