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Car compactor

Make those SUVs in "compact" spaces really compact!
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Compact spaces are marked for a reason -- it's because they're smaller. However, SUV owners, not being content to pollute the world and take up more than a lane of traffic with their hunks of metal, often blithely park in a compact space, even though their cars are clearly hanging over the painted lines. If you get two or three in a row like this, the person at the other end probably couldn't park a motorcycle in the space remaining, and the other cars are subject to scratches,dings, etc. The solution is a car compactor, a traveling gadget that could be mounted on the back of a pickup rather like a tow truck mechanism. It has two hunks of metal that slide on either side of the car and >>>>SQUEEZE<<<< it until it fits in the space allotted.
arghblah, Nov 26 2000

Parking Space Increaser http://www.halfbake...20Space_20Increaser
Related idea. The people are clamouring for a device of this kind. [Monkfish, Nov 26 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]

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       Unfortunately, the car compacter+pickup assembly would probably take up an excess of one parking space, rendering its user a hypocrite.
gastronaut, Jul 02 2002
  

       Or you could clamp them. Either way.
NickTheGreat, Jul 03 2002
  

       Rather than huge amounts of steel, you could have a set of high tensile winches, that you'd wrap around said vehicle and squeeze it at various points along it until it was the right width/length. These could be carried in a small, compact sized 2-seater van, and powered via a pto and hydraulic pump.
Skrewloose, Apr 02 2009
  
      
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