What Would you do if someone Keyed your Car?

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What Would you do if someone Keyed your Car?

Over the past two weeks my car has been in the Shop for extensive repairs and a 100K miles Service B Tune up. After driving it now for a day, I am starting to feel back to normal...with one exception of course, a 5-inch gash right above the wheel well on the passenger side. 

I was at a loss for word, when I saw it.  I felt so violated...I have been trying to figure out what coward would have done something like this.  What would I have done had I seen someone destroying my property...it would not have been a pretty sight.  

Today, I had an interesting conversation with my friend, Ginger, she said, "Lloyd, they are Jealous of you" Look at the car you drive?"  They can't afford it so they hate to see someone like you who has it." Nothing that she said, sat well with me.  Nothing justifies this action.  

I would like to hear from other real estate professionals about their experience with people scratching their vehicles.  What do you do to mitigate the situation.  As REALTORS, our vehicles are an extension of our business.

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Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Can't believe some people.....simply crazy.

May 26, 2011 04:36 PM #1
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Never had it happen.... but that would be aweful.  Hope you have better luck soon.

May 26, 2011 04:37 PM #2
Tony Morganti
RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
CRS, ABR - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow

It is a mighty small person that would do something like that.  I think if I saw them in the act I would first capture the act with my cell camera and then immediately call the police.  If they fled by car I would get the plate number.  As for the person who did it....I believe in karma...they will get their due.

At least no one got hurt.

May 26, 2011 04:40 PM #3
Trang Beuschlein
Homes for Sale in Campbell CA- Broker-BKR Realty - Campbell, CA
Campbell CA Real Estate - Campbell CA Homes for Sa

Lloyd, it's happened to my husband before.  Like Tony said, kharma will get them eventually.

May 26, 2011 04:42 PM #4
Rose King
UTR, Texas Realtors - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

It happened to me when I was a teacher...

May 26, 2011 04:43 PM #5
Cheryl Campbell
Jack White Real Estate - Wasilla, AK
Wasilla Alaska Realtor

It might be jealousy, or it might just being in the wrong place at the wrong time when some low life happened by.  Either way it is maddening!  I have not had that happen to me and I don't know any way to avoid it if it is my turn.

May 26, 2011 04:46 PM #6
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Lloyd, I am so sorry.  One of my friends had his mirror taken off and a long white stripe left on his burgundy car in a parking lot.  Not a note....nothing.  And this was in a church lot.  So much for responsibility.  But, a keying, is a whole nother matter.  That is so very intentional. 

May 26, 2011 04:49 PM #7
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I have never had this happen to my car, but I definitely know people who have experienced an incident similar to yours.

May 26, 2011 04:52 PM #8
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Lloyd~ As Rose said, I did have my car vandalized when I was a teacher. Keying is vandalism, pure and simple. Since I've been in real estate, my car has been broken into three times. At least THAT makes a little sense, as they were looking for something to steal. It is still a horrible feeling of violation.

May 26, 2011 04:57 PM #9
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Thank you forall your comments.  Tony, I really believe that they will get their just reward.  In the meantime I am more motivated to double my efforts to grow my business.  

May 26, 2011 04:59 PM #10
Allen 2222
Austin, TX

Lloyd - I am so sorry this happened to you. In all likelihood, they were either jealous, or just punks. Or both.

May 26, 2011 05:50 PM #11
Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry that someone did that to you (and your car) - I've never gotten keyed - I HAVE however gotten broken into - and that didn't feel very good either. :(

Lloyd - mean people just suck!

May 26, 2011 06:29 PM #12
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Lloyd.

I feel you pain...Over the years I had similar incidents...

Wishing you the best.

May 26, 2011 11:32 PM #13
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning C Lloyd, in many cases it is the result of someone else having a bad day and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time OR the right place at the right time.  Never take it personal, the chances they know you are remote.

May 27, 2011 01:36 AM #14
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

That's just spiteful for someone to do that - and I agree with Dan, that it is probably just a small-minded person that had a moment of stupidity and vented on your vehicle!

May 27, 2011 06:02 AM #15
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Thanks for all the kind comments everyone.  Have a great afternoon 

May 27, 2011 02:27 PM #16
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