I used to park at the airport but lately, I’ve been using Uber since it’s cheaper than parking. However, it still costs $40 one way from my house to the airport. I eventually found a spot that’s mid-way between the airport and my house to make the rides $20 one-way. I could have probably looked further to see if I could get even closer to the airport, but the part of town by Seatac airport isn’t the best. So I was content parking mid-way.
This parking spot is by a ‘park-n-ride,’ which is a parking lot that you park during the day while taking the bus to work. The spot I found was on the street, in front of the park-n-ride. I park on the street because the park-n-ride has rules against parking your car overnight, especially over many nights. So that’s why I parked on the street. This area of town isn’t the best nor is it the worst. It’s across from an apartment complex that looks decent. Anyway, I had parked there 2 times before on extended weekends just fine. So when I went to Chicago last month, I parked there on a Thursday night and picked it up on Sunday night.
I came back on Sunday night and saw this:
The back window actually didn’t have a hole; it was just cracked ALL OVER. I didn’t think it was vandalism (baseball bat) since I figured that would leave a hole or one spot where it’s more cracked than other spots. Anyway, when I started to drive, that’s when the glass caved in and the hole formed. I had to pull over and remove as much glass as I could.
The next day, I was able to call around and get the glass replaced for $300 all in. I asked the guy if it was possibly heat and he said no way since it’s tempered glass. I asked him if it was vandalism, and he said possibly that or a rock flying from a lawn mower. I don’t remember the grass being cut where I parked, so I think it’s safe to say it’s vandalism. I checked my rear dashcam later and the glass was fine as of Sunday afternoon, so it must have happened on Sunday night before I picked up the car. Maybe someone was mad that I was still parked there after 3 days.
Parking at this spot saves me $40 per trip, so it would have taken 8 trips before I broke even. Clearly I didn’t make it that far. I knew it was always a risk, but I was willing to take it. Am I going to park there again? NO! Clearly someone has a vendetta about me parking there. I’ll just pay the extra money for Uber and call it a day. I did also learn how cheap the back windshield was; I figured that was going to cost me nearly $1,000. I was fine with paying $300 out of pocket instead of letting insurance handle it. I gambled and lost.