Perhaps it’s safe to say that our local car community thrives from events that allow them to get together. Much unlike your average party-going 20-something, the average car enthusiast enjoys a late evening by simply hanging out in a car park with likeminded friends talking shop about the latest parts or trends. That said, car meets happen fairly frequently – each having their own different theme, time, or venue to follow. There’s a certain variety to the meets you can attend to, but while all of these meets are laid back and very casual they require that you follow certain rules if you’d want to make friends along the way. We lay down a few of these rules so you can orient yourself properly during car meets:

Etiquette series: your guide to car meets

The Golden Rule of not touching what is not yours 

This applies to anything in life well beyond the scope of cars: If it isn’t yours, don’t touch it. The car enthusiast’s biggest pet peeve is when someone touches their pride and joy without proper permission. Hands and nails can properly scratch paint, and this is something people fail to realize when at the end of the day the owner will be the one spending on trying to remove it. Remember that for every single car at the meet there is a person who worked countless hours to build it as his or her project. Due respect for all vehicles present is something every attendee of the meet should keep in mind, and this rule alone should be enough if you just want to walk around and have a look.

Speaking of looking, there’s no stopping you from peeking into cars and parts. Just make sure to keep your hands at your back to let the owner know that you have no intention of touching the car.

Etiquette series: your guide to car meets

Sticking to theme

Every meet will adhere to a certain kind of car or style, and if you want to blend in you’d best bring a car that is suited for that event. Whether it’s classics from the 60’s or 70’s, japanese 90’s imports, a one-make meet, or for stanced vehicles, you’d best make sure your car meets the criteria of the meet before you attend.

Don’t have a suitable car? You can still visit of course, but the organizers and attendees would probably appreciate if you park away from where the meet is happening.

Etiquette series: your guide to car meets

No Hooning or Showboating

It’s already bad enough that car enthusiasts get stereotyped as irresponsible drivers – let alone living up to it. What you have to understand is meet organizers will be the ones owning up to the behavior of attendees to the lot owners or the governing authority in the area. It’s not exactly a good look, and any stupidity may ban any meets from happening in that venue completely. Don’t be that spoil-sport that ruins it for everyone just because you think you’re cool when you rip a skid.

Etiquette Series: Your Guide to Car Meets

Nobody likes a showoff

Aside from antics like showboating, you’ll need to keep your mouth in check when you socialize with people as well. Bragging about your latest parts or your latest kill on the highway won’t interest anyone – and it will just make you look like a douche. Stay grounded and listen instead to what people have to say, surely you will learn a lot from people at meets if you talk nicely.

Etiquette series: your guide to car meets

Ask and you shall receive

Curious about one of the cars you’ve found at the meet? More likely than not, the owner is very close by and he or she would be more than glad to show you around the car. Introduce yourself properly and ask questions about the car, surely it will have a story behind it if it’s piqued your interest. Most people you will encounter at meets are very enthusiastic to talk about their pride and joy, so if you really want to get up close and personal with the car it’s definitely best to approach the owner first. Being shy will get you nowhere afterall. 

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These five simple rules will help you get along your way when attending the meets around the metro. Follow them and surely you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.