Came in last night and parked the car on the drive and to my horror 45 minutes later i heard the car alarm going off looked out of the window and the car has rolled across the street into my neighbours car:aarg h:. Now i know the handbrake was on and this was confirmed when i got out to the car i made sure my neighbour witnessed that for me as no one will ever belive me.
My car came off best with bumber damage but my neighbours car has a dent in the wing and door which i have had to put though my insurance GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Now i know the stealer will just give me the old "well sir did you correctly apply the parking brake" and wash their hands of it.
So i have woken up to one strike on the protected no claims and damaged to my MCSC . Any ideas on a what to do on the handbrake and on the damage
Not the first or last time this has been reported on here, it's not that uncommon really. And it's not a MINI issue really, just the nature of hand/parking brakes that use the brake disks to lock on to.
The way to help prevent this is covered in the highway code:
226: Parking on hills. If you park on a hill you should
park close to the kerb and apply the handbrake firmly
select a forward gear and turn your steering wheel away from the kerb when facing uphill
select reverse gear and turn your steering wheel towards the kerb when facing downhill
Unfortunately as others have said this does happen, and whenever you park on a hill it's best to leave your MINI in gear.
You'll need a new rear bumper, if you can find one on eBay, they're a simple DIY (PM me if you like as I've done my own before). If you're sourcing new parts though, the Aero rear bumper is usually cheaper than the standard one
Yes, grunty little starter motors too. You sometimes wonder where the money goes in these cars until you look at the design and build quality of parts like the starter motor - tiny compared to other cars but heaps of torque.
Anyway, back on topic it's a problem that affects other cars (eg my girlfriend's Opel Corsa). She was parked on a slope closing a gate on her own when it rolled into a fence / gate across the road. Very lucky to get away with some minor scratches (on the car - she was unhurt).
A friend told me once never rely on a single point of failure. Applies to so many things. If you're parked, use the handbrake and something else (in gear / park or wheels turned to the kerb), when two people are working on a car get both to check the wheel nuts in case one forgets, when hanging a picture use two hooks, in racing you need two independent securing devices on the bonnet etc etc.
Thanks for your kind words, rest assured i will always leave the car in gear even on the flat and i recommend to anyone who only leaves their car on the handbrake on any slope DONT DO IT!!!! Minicabrio i will pm you if i decided to do this myself.
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