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MindfulMoose 06-20-2019 02:42 PM

How many of you worry about leaving the car alone in public?
 
Still on the hunt for a G that meets my criteria, the length of this search is starting to cause me to have some doubts.

I've always owned a practical car and a fun car. Typically the fun car is my daily and the practical car is only used for purposes like hauling, carrying a bunch of stuff from home depot, etc.

Today I parked at a store and in the back was a yellow F430. Not only an F430, but a group of 3 or 4 teenagers hovering around it. Made me think, if I daily drive a Gallardo, am I going to be able to park it without being paranoid?

Just wondering if anyone has any good or bad experiences if you often drive your car and leave it alone in public. These sorts of vehicles, even with their age, are not common in my town at all. I'm just not sure if the Gallardo is "dated" enough to still attract a ton of unwanted attention. I imagine back in the mid 2000's youd feel like a celebrity driving it, but whats it like these days? I dont mind indulging people who are interested, but its the negative attention I'm worried about.

2013LP550-2 06-20-2019 03:14 PM

Left mine where I could see it one time so far. I was 500 feet away and i was nervous as hell. Kids rode their bikes up to it and were taking selfies while practically leaning up against it,

MindfulMoose 06-20-2019 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by 2013LP550-2 (Post 1966320)
Left mine where I could see it one time so far. I was 500 feet away and i was nervous as hell. Kids rode their bikes up to it and were taking selfies while practically leaning up against it,

Was that recent? It seems like kids these days are mainly interested in electric vehicles. That, coupled with the fact that almost every manufacturer is going for this sharp, angular look, makes me want to assume the G wouldnt get *too* much attention these days, but maybe I'm wrong.

I guess my main concern is coming out of a store to a horde of punk kids surrounding the thing and being troublesome. I'm waiting for a car in gray to pop up. I'd like orange but I think that would just be too much. Maybe gray would blend in more.

GrayFoxMGS 06-20-2019 03:41 PM

I don't leave it anywhere unless I can see it. I feel safe at Cars and Coffee since almost everyone is an enthusiast, but I don't park in public unless I'm at a restaurant with outdoor seating and I'm parked right there. I don't want to think of what I would do if I saw some idiot sitting on it :(

MindfulMoose 06-20-2019 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by GrayFoxMGS (Post 1966330)
I don't leave it anywhere unless I can see it. I feel safe at Cars and Coffee since almost everyone is an enthusiast, but I don't park in public unless I'm at a restaurant with outdoor seating and I'm parked right there. I don't want to think of what I would do if I saw some idiot sitting on it :(

Funny, I'm a bit of the opposite with my current car. Always feel nervous walking away with the hood up at a show. Takes one dope to unscrew something or mess with the wrong thing under the hood.

2013LP550-2 06-20-2019 03:44 PM

Yes last week it happened. Where I am there are about 50+ exotics around and my 2013 LP550-2 still makes people go crazy. I've had people follow me, yell out the windows to me. It's crazy. Mine is green so it sticks out but all Lamborghinis stick out

Ozzir 06-20-2019 04:18 PM

Gallardo still gets crazy attention. I don't leave it unless I can see it or its safe somewhere. The odd time Ive stopped at Costco or somewhere for a few mins but parked far away from the main area and around a corner where its too far away for people to be bothered parking beside it but even then there is usually someone stopped to see it. Dont buy a Lambo if you are worried about attention. It can get tiring but it comes with the car.

zaxwax 06-20-2019 04:42 PM

My black gallardo spyder really doesn’t draw that much attention, it’s just a black car to most people. If they get a good look at it, people will react, but I coast by people who aren’t even looking. I can park it in the shadows and it’s just a black car unless you look twice. I have a red 71 Mach 1 that draws more attention because it pops out from traffic. It’s nice to have the best of both worlds but sometimes I wish I had stuck to my original plan of a verde Ithaca spyder. Get what you want and worry about the rest when you actually have to deal with it.

robertdean 06-20-2019 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Ozzir (Post 1966344)
Gallardo still gets crazy attention. I don't leave it unless I can see it or its safe somewhere. The odd time Ive stopped at Costco or somewhere for a few mins but parked far away from the main area and around a corner where its too far away for people to be bothered parking beside it but even then there is usually someone stopped to see it. Dont buy a Lambo if you are worried about attention. It can get tiring but it comes with the car.

Sooo true..

GrayFoxMGS 06-20-2019 05:32 PM

My black Gallardo is a neck breaker haha. I think the SL spoiler really helps it stand out with an otherwise "boring" black color compared to Verde Ithica, Arancio Borealis, Blu Cepheus, etc. But once it's parked at Cars and Coffee, it really does get more attention than the numerous Huracans. My buddy with a 458 and GT3 describes my car as "menacing" and I've also heard the look of my car described as "Vader'd out" like Darth Vader lol. He looks angry even with a santa hat on! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...aa97a557a2.jpg

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monEmakindave 06-20-2019 07:21 PM

It all depends how anal you are if it doesn’t bother you that people will lean on your car finger prints on windows and people placing their hands on your car then you will be fine

Even at cars and coffee events it’s stupid kids who just say I’ve never touched a lambo and just run their fingers front to back of the car. Yes it has happened.

There’s just no respect now a days. So just expect it!

SanjaySchulz 06-20-2019 08:32 PM

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I have a black Gallardo Coupe and since I am a big fan of the anime "Initial D" I placed a decal on each side of the car and a racing stripe all across the top.
If it wasn't for the decals it would probably get no more attention than a heavily modified Mustang or Camaro.
Since I am trying to run the car at least once a week I started to take it to the gym on Sundays when the parking lot is a lot less crowded so I can always take a peek at it from the inside.
Since the car has a 6 point roll cage I also have an action cam pointed at every direction and they record the whole time I am gone which may be a deterrent once someone sees the red blinking recording light.
So far nobody has done anything stupid to it.

12097 06-20-2019 11:18 PM

Clear bra wrap is your friend.

The H is the second car I have had fully wrapped. While it is not a completely idiot proof solution, it does prevent some minor contact damage at shows.

I also roll the windows down partially. It allows people to check out the interior without having to put their hands on the door glass to see in. I do however, keep the window up high enough that the occasional idiot with their slurpee can’t spill into my interior.

When at a show, I always lock my doors. I do this for two reasons. The first is that the mirrors fold in, preventing accidental damage as people walk by. The second is that it eliminates some self entitled sack of dung from thinking they can open the door and “try the car on for size”.

While I am better about the H than my former SL, I am still VERY protective of my Countach.

I also have two personal car show modes, “nice D” and “not so nice D”.

Respect our cars, and I am a great guy. I will answer questions about the car, socialize and in many cases, unlock the door to let someone sit in the car. I will even take pictures of them in the car with their cel phones.

Disrespect my car, or any cars in our group, (as Ozzir, Nightlife or TTbear can attest) and I am a somewhat less than pleasant to the offending individual.



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GIT54ty 06-21-2019 02:59 AM

I never leave mine unattended... never ever!

acklam 06-21-2019 04:44 AM

It depends on the location. I am worried about the scenario you've mentioned - gangs/troublesome kids.

Exotic cars are quite a common scene in where I live (Toronto). My other worry is not the attention, but all the careless people (who don't care) who just hit the car when opening their doors, etc.

acklam 06-21-2019 04:46 AM

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Originally Posted by SanjaySchulz (Post 1966380)
I have a black Gallardo Coupe and since I am a big fan of the anime "Initial D" I placed a decal on each side of the car and a racing stripe all across the top.
If it wasn't for the decals it would probably get no more attention than a heavily modified Mustang or Camaro.
Since I an trying to run the car at least once a week I started to take it to the gym on Sundays when the parking lot is a lot less crowded so I can always take a peek at it from the inside.
Since the car has a 6 point roll cage I also have an action cam pointed at every direction and they record the whole time I am gone which may be a deterrent once someone sees the red blinking recording light.
So far nobody has done anything stupid to it.

:tup: You should have wrapped the whole car in white, and put on the tofu store sign at the door.

(Probably only initial D fans can understand :)...)

Dereiter 06-21-2019 05:19 AM

I was participating many car shows since 2012 to 2018. But afterwards i decided to stop it. A majority of spectators is not diligent and neat towards exotic cars. Nobody takes care of somebody's properties the way as good as they would treat his/her ones. It is the confirmed statement. I am tired to be nervous and do feel uncomfortable when someone wants (deliberately or may be unintentionally) to touch/lean/scratch my car. No way.
Nowadays i prefer private meetups with friends. I enjoy this type of events.

EvanK 06-21-2019 08:13 AM

I also think it really depends on where the car is left. Most of the time I'll leave my black on tan 2008 Spyder out with the top down and not worry much about it. However, most of the time if I've driven the car somewhere it's probably for a nice night on the town and in a nice location, I don't daily drive the car.

I do prefer parking somewhere where I can see/watch the car though, just because I still like looking at it and the people watching is pretty fun. People taking pictures and posing with the car, etc. To me that's half the fun of owning the car.

My black car gets plenty of attention, so I can only imagine if it was bright orange. Most people in KC and probably people in general, don't really know the age of the car and just know it's exotic by the proportions and because "It's a Lambo!"

HBi_Auto 06-21-2019 08:54 AM

It is definitely a problem.. I almost drive mine daily coming from my Porsche, I never worried about it. One day I came out from the mall with two people all over it.. now I don't go anywhere unless I can see who is around.. part of the ownership.:rolling:

Ozzir 06-21-2019 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by 12097 (Post 1966392)
Clear bra wrap is your friend.

The H is the second car I have had fully wrapped. While it is not a completely idiot proof solution, it does prevent some minor contact damage at shows.

I also roll the windows down partially. It allows people to check out the interior without having to put their hands on the door glass to see in. I do however, keep the window up high enough that the occasional idiot with their slurpee can’t spill into my interior.

When at a show, I always lock my doors. I do this for two reasons. The first is that the mirrors fold in, preventing accidental damage as people walk by. The second is that it eliminates some self entitled sack of dung from thinking they can open the door and “try the car on for size”.

While I am better about the H than my former SL, I am still VERY protective of my Countach.

I also have two personal car show modes, “nice D” and “not so nice D”.

Respect our cars, and I am a great guy. I will answer questions about the car, socialize and in many cases, unlock the door to let someone sit in the car. I will even take pictures of them in the car with their cel phones.

Disrespect my car, or any cars in our group, (as Ozzir, Nightlife or TTbear can attest) and I am a somewhat less than pleasant to the offending individual.



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LMAO.. Oh ya I forgot if you're around I'm good to leave it anywhere.. :D:D:evil:

FLYINRYAN71 06-21-2019 09:22 AM

The Gallardos still get a lot of attention, especially the Orange, Green and yellow. When we have to take cars for test drives you can see people with their phones out taking video and pictures all the time. Like most guys have said, if you can park close enough to keep an eye on it that's probably the best bet. Other people don't care about your exotic car like you do, it's a shame.

Jason B 06-21-2019 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by routt73 (Post 1966444)
car shows are the worst - that is one place to NEVER leave it unattended

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Originally Posted by FLYINRYAN71 (Post 1966478)
Like most guys have said, if you can park close enough to keep an eye on it that's probably the best bet. Other people don't care about your exotic car like you do, it's a shame.

I could NOT own this car without this:

www.owlcam.com - if someone leans on it, it will text me. Also, live streaming from my phone. It's the best thing since sliced bread and it's 100% peace of mind!!! I'm trying to get setup as a reseller but it's been taking forever. It's incredible!

Joeyb997tt 06-21-2019 12:54 PM

I never leave mine out of sight, to much of a liability.

kubadat 06-21-2019 07:55 PM

My G gets a TON of attention. You don't really see a lot of Lambos around here, so it's still a very hot commodity.

Jason B 06-21-2019 09:09 PM

How many of you worry about leaving the car alone in public?
 
Oh and this cam has a super bright greeen strobe that blinks that really deters people. This picture does no justice but it’s super bright at night and people walk away when They see it. Click the animated gif I did below.

https://ibb.co/DVtN9SY

This is a poor video, but it's so bright it will light up the garage when it's dark. I think this is also why no one touches it. And this is built into the owl cam.

swift93 06-21-2019 09:16 PM

My mistake, sorry.

Tomaso 06-22-2019 11:49 AM

Lamborghini's old or new will always create allot of interest. Something you have to live with. I would never leave my car out of sight when out.

2013LP550-2 06-22-2019 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Jason B (Post 1966498)
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Originally Posted by routt73 (Post 1966444)
car shows are the worst - that is one place to NEVER leave it unattended

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLYINRYAN71 (Post 1966478)
Like most guys have said, if you can park close enough to keep an eye on it that's probably the best bet. Other people don't care about your exotic car like you do, it's a shame.

I could NOT own this car without this:

www.owm.com - if someone leans on it, it will text me. Also, live streaming from my phone. It's the best thing since sliced bread and it's 100% peace of mind!!! I'm trying to get setup as a reseller but it's been taking forever. It's incredible!

What is it.? Link is dead

Jason B 06-22-2019 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by 2013LP550-2 (Post 1966692)
What is it.? Link is dead



https://owlcam.com/

It’s the best invention ever made. Now you CAN leave you car, for once. I never could before I got this!

FL_Beachman 06-24-2019 03:26 PM

Plus and minus here. I do not drive mine daily however I live in Boca Raton, FL and there are exotics everywhere and see them daily, however i also use common sense where i park. I drive it to my business on Fridays once in while-its located in a professional building with a garage and there a few other exotics we always park together and never had an issues. Never ever leave car unlocked at car show someone will open it for sure and sit in it or have their kids sit in it. Had mine at car show, was locked came back after walking around to find two child size full hand print of chocolate on the drivers side door-blame the parents not kid. If i park in public its always where i can see it even with all the exotics here and during season (that is when the snowbirds visit from Nov to April) we get the out of town guess from iowa who have never seen these. If there nice about it i will open it let them sit it in take pics whatever usually young kids, if there an ahole and ask some dumbass questions i reply with something nice like i always get my financial advice from someone who drives a Honda or come on it's South Florida were all drug dealers lol

robertdean 06-24-2019 04:14 PM

A couple of weekends ago I was at Whiterock beach here in Vancouver. A nice lady came and asked if she could sit in the car for a few pics taken by her other lady friend. No -problem for me, I acquiesced and opened the door and showed her how to gracefully get in...after a few pics she got out. I didn't notice the heels she was wearing and also as she exited the car planted them on the sill of the doorway and left a nice dent!! arrrggg! I didn't notice it until I topped up the gas to put the Bull to bed. I'm thinking "no good deed will go unpunished" ...haha, oh well it's only a car...

spaceman1 06-26-2019 09:01 AM

Lamborghini will always get attention no matter the year, leave it somewhere to long and you will find a hand print for a selfie on it. Go to the gas station and someone will ask you a million questions. Cold start it in the neighborhood at 0600 on your way to the car show and you will be hated. Its called "Lambo Life" just enjoy the ride....

AirbusA321Pilot 06-26-2019 10:46 AM

If I park my Murcielago anywhere I am always within very close proximity and sight of it.

The downside, when I take it to car shows I never get to see the rest of the cars other than what is parked close to mine.

I wish it didn't have to be like that, but sadly some people have no respect for other peoples property, which I have seen first hand done to other peoples cars.

lamboruss 06-26-2019 11:05 AM

Looking at this thread it unfortunately seems most people will get ulcers from worrying about their car vs smiling and having fun driving like they were meant to be, I will leave parked in hotel parking lots on road trips yes.... drove on road trips to San Antonio, New Orleans, Michigan without any incidents , although I will choose to park where others wont be so inclined to park next , leaving it over night has never been a problems and my wife and I love road trips in exotics

melody88 06-26-2019 12:28 PM

Yes, these cars do attract a LOT of attention. Sometimes it is fun as for a moment you are a celebrity, but sometimes it is not fun as people do not necessarily respect you or your car and are jealous.
The Bad:
I parked my car and went to dinner. When I came out someone had rubbed their tennis shoe soles on the back of my car. I had to scrub off the rubber and polish out the scratches.
I was at the Toyota Grand Prix where our cars were on exhibition. There was a security guard but he was worthless. When I came back to our cars, two women were trying to break into my car. I yelled at them to leave my car and all the rest alone. I said these are owned by private people and said how would you like it if someone tried to get into their car. The gray Gallardo car next to mine was heavily scratched all over. It was pristine when we parked our cars. People were jumping over the sides of the cars to get into Ferrari's and a Rolls that had their top down and were parked in another area near the Lambo area.
At another show, I had a photographer have his model lean on my car. When I asked her to get her hand off my car she refused. I chewed out the photographer and the model who did not speak english and said he needed to respect our cars and also ask our permission to photograph our cars, especially for profit. I caught other women in spike heels at the same car show climbing on and in other cars. It was sheer horror!
At another car show I had to tell a young woman who was sitting on my car to get off the hood of my car. She continued to sit there and had the gall to yell back at me. That is when I yelled for security and told her if she didn't leave my car alone that I would have her arrested.

The Good:
People think you are a celebrity. I have had people drive up to see who I was. I am not a celebrity- my car is the celebrity. I have had police ride next to me and give me a thumbs up or say "nice car" and/or ask how I can keep it to the speed limit-LOL. I have been on a the freeway or other roads or at a stop light and had people yell that they love my car. I have driven disabled children for charity in my car. My car has won many awards and has been in 10+ car magazines-pretty cool. These are the good things, and I cherish them.

So, I keep an eye on my car or have a trusted friend watch it at all times. I worked so very hard for the car I love. It is the car of my dreams.

Bruce 94VT 06-26-2019 05:33 PM

I was brought up not to touch another person's car and definitely not the glass. People seem to use my Diablo as a leaning post when taking pictures.

This is what I say.
"Hey mate. Not trying to sound like a prick or anything but can I trouble you to tell me what your car is worth?" He says, "$11 or $12,000". So I say, "That's great. I bet you hate people leaning on your car?" He says "yes". I say, "Just to let you know, these cars aren't bog filled cars. If it gets a dent the panel gets replaced. See what you are leaning on there (side flank), if you dent it, the cost to just buy the panel is $18,000 and then I have to do something with it. I won't even touch your car so how about you get off mine."

Yes it is a worry leaving my car because people don't care. Kids on scooters and bikes annoy me greatly.

DiabloClyde 06-26-2019 11:11 PM

The good far outweighs the bad, however. I have had both but much more of the former.

RUNDLC 06-27-2019 10:13 AM

Prior to owning the G, I drove a Acura NSX, triple black I could not take that car ANYWHERE without someone bothering it! I cant tell you how many times I'd look and see what I felt was an intentional scratch on it, I'd get so ticked off. I'm sure the G will attract attention.

I work at a high school where kids have access to staff parking, I'll NEVER drive it to work LOL, LOL, LOL. This school is well (not kinda) it's in the hood.

itsjinx 06-27-2019 02:46 PM

Unfortunately there are a small minority of people that don't have respect for other peoples property. Even though I live in an affluent area, I have had multiple incidents as others have mentioned:
1. I went to see a movie at a theater one time and came out 2 hours later and there was multiple "spits" on my drivers side window and hood.
2. Multiple times I've had lipstick "kisses" on my window. It seems innocent but some of that crap is really hard to get off.
3. Even if spectators try to be respectful, there are times when accidents happen. More than once I have had people "peek" into the drivers window or into the engine bay(clear hood) and their BELTS scratched the car. So ridiculous to me...
4. Not really related to these incidents, but it reminded me of the very first day I got my G and drove to the gas station. As I'm getting out of the car I look to the next car over and see a girl in the passenger seat flashing me her ( o )( o ) - The best part is that her man was filling up the car as that happened. It really caught me off guard :-D

Tomaso 06-27-2019 02:56 PM

Most admire our cars and are respectful. Unfortunately there are some out there that will abuse our cars either unknowingly or with purpose. Leaving your car out of sight is probably not the best move.


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