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to ignore this note on my car?

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buildersteaplease Wed 01-Jul-15 23:50:10

I recently moved to a new house where I have a drive big enough for one car. Last week I bought a new car as my current rustbucket is finally going to scrapheap heaven. Over the past week I've been driving the new car and the old one has sat on the drive. I've been parking down the road (suburb where most of the houses have drives and theres plenty of on street parking for the few houses that don't).

Then I remembered that my insurance on the new car has that the car is parked off road when at home. So last night I swapped the cars over. Came home from work today to find a note on my old car from someone in the neighbourhood telling me not to 'take up parking on the road' but to park my old car over my drive. I hadnt done this as it blocks the pavement and would make it difficult for the house opposite to get their car off their drive. I'm not parked directly outside someone's house but on a section of the road where no houses overlook. My old car will be gone in a few days anyway (when I sort out a scrapmerchant).

Normally this wouldn't phase me but I recently became a single parent and having moved to a new area am feeling a little vulnerable living alone with my DC. Don't want to piss the locals off in case there's retribution but at the same time I dont think i've done anything wrong.

Wibu to ignore the note?

thetroubleis Wed 01-Jul-15 23:51:19

Is it a public road? If so, ignore it.

Oldraver Wed 01-Jul-15 23:52:19

Just ignore it but get the rustbucket dealt with.. Is it still insured to be parked on the road ?

amarmai Wed 01-Jul-15 23:53:25

leave a note on your windscreen saying what you just said.

Fatmomma99 Wed 01-Jul-15 23:54:52

Agree that if it's a public road you have the right to park there, even if your car is past it's perfect best.
But understand you not wanting to piss neighbours off, so do get on with finding a scrap merchant, and then stick a note on the car saying "this car will be collected on xx date and will not cause you a problem after this time".
And make double-triple sure you're not making anyone's turn onto their drive or other essential maneuver difficult.

Littlefluffyclouds81 Wed 01-Jul-15 23:55:17

Yeah bollocks to them. It's a public road, park on it.

Check out a website called rewarding recycling. Takes a few minutes to get a quote for your scrap car online, then they come to collect it at your convenience, really quickly. They gave me better money for my scrapper than any of the local yards.

Silverdaisy Wed 01-Jul-15 23:56:46

It has been only one night so far, just ignore and get rid of the car soon. Although I don't understand how this set up works for couples with a car each.

Selks Wed 01-Jul-15 23:56:53

Could you move your old car to a different nearby street?

BabyFeets Wed 01-Jul-15 23:59:06

I remember when a neighbour left an annoymous note on my car because they are to much of a coward to approach me theirselves about parking on a public road.
Some people need reminding they do not own roads.
Ignore it when they get some guts to approach you in person then you can explain what you just said,

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 01-Jul-15 23:59:26

I would get rid of the old car ASAP. Not because it might be annoying a narrow minded twat with nothing better to do than to monitor the neighbours' parking habits but because it will be one less source of stress to you.

Is the old car still taxed & insured? If not, it should not be parked on anything but private property. If it is, then ignore ignore ignore!!!

FeckTheMagicDragon Wed 01-Jul-15 23:59:53

Ignore it or leave a note on your screen saying 'NO' or 'MYOB' Or 'Fuck Off, twat' smile

You are being considerate to your neighbours. Do not give in to the fear. And I totally understand the feeling of vulnerability. But if you stand up to the fuckers they melt away like snow. It is actually quite liberating. flowers

They are cowardly busybodies or they would have knocked on your door and spoken to you, like any normal person would have. You have every right to park your car on the road.

MummySparkle Thu 02-Jul-15 00:00:14

I would ignore it if it's on a public road. Did they leave a name? If so you could go and introduce yourself and politely explain that it will be gone in a few days.

Our elderly neighbours used to leave notes on any car that parked in the lay-bys next to their drive, it looks like a good parking spot but it was actually their land.

Not to worry you, but a crazy curtain-twitching old man used to leave notes on DH's car when he parked on the shared driveway in the parking space of the house he was visiting. They were batshit crazy and used to block his car in too. They even called the police once to get him arrested shock once at the police station it was all quashed, but a bit of a nightmare at the time. That's not the phone call you want from your DH when your 8 months pregnant...

But there can't be too many note-writers that are that nuts about. Perhaps you could leave a folded note on your windscreen explaining that it isn't a permanent solution. Failing that, leave an obvious note saying it's going to scrap and wait for it to disappear...!!

buildersteaplease Thu 02-Jul-15 00:03:22

Yes its a public road and not blocking anyone's drive (the other side of the road is the same, not overlooked by a house). Its still insured to be parked on a public road and in tax etc.

I could move it to another road selks but potentially doesn't that just switch the problem to someone else?

Thanks for the rec littlefluffyclouds, I do need to get on with sending it for scrap but been caught up with other things.

Think I might go down the note reply route. Although if whoever it was saw me move the car why didnt they just talk to me?

Moreshabbythanchic Thu 02-Jul-15 00:21:32

I was left a note once. No parking at work so I used to park on a nearby residential road, it was down the side of a house which was on a corner so I wasn't blocking anyones drive iyswim. Someone left me a note telling me not to park there again, I was so annoyed as it was my last day at work and as I was moving 300 miles away I would never park there again.

I never had the opportunity to leave them a note telling them to fuck off or continue to park there and even years later it makes me so cross to think that they think it was because of their note I was too scared to park there again.

HappydaysArehere Thu 02-Jul-15 08:40:55

Just a thought! Are you insuring two cars at the moment? If not, and I might be wrong, should you not keep the old one off the road ?

dixiechick1975 Thu 02-Jul-15 08:50:39

Not the point of the thread but there is an advert on our local radio where you call, they collect car and transfer money into your account. Whole premise of advert is a girl being nagged as to why she hasn't sorted it - being frightened of scary men and dogs in scrap yards is mentioned. A quick Google should find one near you and then car can go today.

Cleo22 Thu 02-Jul-15 08:56:30

If you just want to get rid of the car and are not expecting any money for it then check out the local fire station. I passed one last week advertising for scrap cars for training.

MasterchefIwish Thu 02-Jul-15 09:14:33

Yanbu. Ignore it.

Car must be taxed to be on road, not insured if just parked, and insured if driven. Op could drive the old car anyway if she has insurance that if fully comprehensive.

ninaaa Thu 02-Jul-15 09:20:27

I remember receiving a similar note some years ago.

I was parking (in a public road, to do some work at a client over a period of a couple of weeks. After a few days, a neighbour of the client left a rude note telling me not to park in my preferred (legal, not blocking driveways) spot again, as their disabled relative needed to park near their house.

I did park elsewhere, because it was the right thing to do, (allowing the disabled relative to park nearby) but I wan't impressed by their rudeness.

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 02-Jul-15 09:22:20

pop a note on it saying

"To the person who left a cowardly note on me
This car is taxed and insured and legal to park here"

buildersteaplease Thu 02-Jul-15 09:31:31

Well I got up this morning to find someone had put a load of newspaper on the windscreen of old car so I've now moved it slightly further down the road.

Going to get on to finding a scrapmerchant today but I'm not rushing extra quick for the note placer.

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 02-Jul-15 09:32:49

ffs - how bloody rude, i'd keep it (if it wasnt costing too much)

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Thu 02-Jul-15 09:39:46

Whole premise of advert is a girl being nagged as to why she hasn't sorted it - being frightened of scary men and dogs in scrap yards is mentioned
Ugh that would put me right off using them

Op if I were you I would leave the car there as long as possible. Neighbour parking issues are the pits. We have someone on our road who keys vehicles if they don't like where they are parked. My car, XH van and 2x neighbours cars have been keyed that I know of. Fuck them.

Fatstacks Thu 02-Jul-15 09:41:34


We had MoD orders not to park near the house (there was a credible threat about a car bomb) but obviously didn't want to park outside anyone else's house so parked at the end of our own drive blocking only our drive.

We live on a small street with no through road so parking for visitors is limited.

We had two, different hand written notes hmm about how push chairs and wheelchairs couldn't pass.

Not sure where they would be going by passing us unless to our house as there is a dead end confused

ZaZathecat Thu 02-Jul-15 09:48:42

YANBU I can't stand parking vigilantes!

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