One of the worst circumstances is dealing with bodywork repairs. The actual repairing part isn’t the problem. The anger and frustration of seeing deep scrapes in your car paint as a result of vandals is the problem.

Granted, this isn’t nearly as awful as finding your vehicle smashed by a hit-and-run driver, but the feelings are similar.

So how can you prevent damage to your car in these instances?

It’s always better to be proactive than defensive. Waiting for bad things to happen is foolish, so take the necessary steps to prevent or limit the harm.

As much as we’d all like to believe in the best of people, the truth is not everyone will be honest and responsible when it comes to damaging another person’s car.

In my case, I was working late one night when I came upon the damage done to my new car. It looked like a key had done an angry dance across the entire driver side.

Because I had parked in the back of the lot and it was so dark, the cameras couldn’t get a clear image, except for the fact that there was more than one person behind the crime.

True, I was angry, but more than that I promised myself I’d do something about it to prevent this from happening again.

For one thing, I stopped parking in the back area, even though my boss told me to do so. After I asked if he’d pay for the repairs to my car, he stopped hounding me on it. I looked for brightly lit areas as well.

In a perfect world, all parking spaces would come with their own light, or perhaps cars could come with a solar light that surrounded your car; it would turn on with the push of a button.

So, after being more aware of where I parked, I also installed cameras in my car so that if anyone tried to commit any crimes around my car I’d have evidence.

Simply taking those steps made me feel like less of a victim. You never know when troubles may come your way, but if you can do something about it, you’ll be better off than pretending everything is fine or ignoring the problem.

But even though I took care of those preventative measures, I still had to deal with the repair to my car. I certainly could’ve ignored these scratches, but I didn’t like the reminder of the act.

If you’ve ever dealt with this type of damage to your car, you know that getting your car fixed can get pricy. If possible, try to find a shop that does great work at a great price.

A shop like Rowley Auto LTD comes to mind. Check them out if you’re located in that area.

One thing to note: if you have a friend who knows someone who does this kind of work, be leery of an extremely low price. The first person I trusted to take care of my car quoted a fantastic deal. When my car was returned to me, it looked fine, but after a week of letting the new paint dry and cure, I noticed the spots that the person had missed.

If you’re not picky like I am, this is a decent option, but if you want your paint to look brand new it’s best to take it to the professionals. Learn from my mistakes because in the end it will cost you more in trying to take short cuts.

But at the end of the day, I learned to accept that my car was simply that, a car. I had scrimped and saved for my dream car, but I could do it again if I needed to.

It’s just that I wanted the vandals to be punished. I hoped that they would reap what they sow. It’s not that I wished them ill, but that I wanted them to experience the consequences of their actions.

Now that my car is in almost new condition, I appreciate it all the more. I do my best to maintain and keep it washed and clean. And I always remember that there’s always a chance that unconscionable people will destroy the hard work and effort I’ve put into this car.

It’s something I can’t ever forget, but it’s helped me be more aware of my surroundings and not to be as trusting as before. I’m also more mindful when I’m around other cars because I don’t want to cause damage. It’s funny how things like this stay with you.