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Old 09-27-2014, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I recently bought a condo. I just tried parking my car at the assigned parking space in the garage and found that it was impossible to park all the way in due to the protruding structure into my assigned space (see attached photo).

I had to leave several feet in front of my car. As a result, the rear portion of my car was in the way of the car at 90 degrees (to the right). It was difficult for me to get in and get out.

Shall I ask the driver of the red car to move his/her car to the left in order to leave more room for my car? Or shall I talk to the condominium management about the possibility of redefining my assigned space to start from the side of the protruding structure and move to the left a little?
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:35 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Wow, how long is your car? That concrete support post takes what, 1 or 2 feet of lengthwise space? I'd park with the nose of the car even with the post and just let your rear end stick out by however much. No one will blame you for that, seeing where your space is. Whoever has the space to the right of yours I'm sure is already doing that.

Definitely I would advise against asking the guy next to you to move; he's parked well within the lines and doing nothing wrong.
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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Find someone in your building with a Smart Car, Mini Cooper, or Fiat and see if you can get your assigned spaces switched.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:01 AM
 
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Find someone in your building with a Smart Car, Mini Cooper, or Fiat and see if you can get your assigned spaces switched.
From what I can see, I think a regular sedan or coupe--or even a small SUV--should fit there just fine. If you look at the red car, there appears to be at least a foot (maybe two) of extra space behind it. So if she parks with her front bumper a foot or so sternward compared with the red car, she should still be within her space or just barely protruding.

And protruding in her case should be OK--because who would need to get by her car on that side? Just the guy on her right--whose space is also truncated by the cement pillar. So he'll be sticking out too.

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Old 09-28-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Does it help to back in and pull out?
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Talk to the management. It can't hurt.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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And protruding in her case should be OK--because who would need to get by her car on that side? Just the guy on her right--whose space is also truncated by the cement pillar. So he'll be sticking out too.
Thanks for your comment!

To clarify, there is no car on my right. Hidden behind the pillar on the right is the entrance to the building.

When I tried to squeeze in that space, I wasn't able to open my door enough to get out.

When I settle in the condo in a day or two, I'll post more photos to illustrate the surroundings.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Whoever has the space to the right of yours I'm sure is already doing that.

Definitely I would advise against asking the guy next to you to move; he's parked well within the lines and doing nothing wrong.
Thanks for you comment!

FYI, there is no car to the right, because it's a doorway to the building. I'll post photos showing that side in a day or two. I'll also provide measurements.

As advised, I will not ask the guy on the left to move, because he's within his lines.
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Old 09-29-2014, 04:38 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Since there's no one on your right, will they let you park directly in front of the concrete pillar, stradding the line between your space and the unused one on your right? More room for you and for the guy on your left.

Reminds me of a song.
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:20 PM
 
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Since there's no one on your right, will they let you park directly in front of the concrete pillar, stradding the line between your space and the unused one on your right? More room for you and for the guy on your left.
I doubt they will allow that because then he would be blocking quick/easy access to the fire extinguisher. Unnecessary liability issues unless they are willing to relocate the fire extinguisher.
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