They're rarely enjoyable experiences, whether it be jostling for scarce spaces or forking out a fortune for accidentally going over by a few minutes.
And then there's just the outright bizarre behaviour of other motorists that might make you wish you walked to the shops.
In an odd photo shared to a Melbourne Facebook group dedicated to suspect parking, one sedan driver can be seen parked in the middle of the not-too-busy car park, yet strangely not in a space.
The driver appears to have confused the directional arrow marking as the boundary of an additional space, and therefore blocking the flow of traffic.
The bizarre incident happened in the car park of Bunnings in the southeast suburb of Cranbourne, next to the Guzman Y Gomez restaurant.
"Frightening to think they actually drive in our roads," one person said responding to the photo.
One person branded the parking as "dangerous", while another said it was "frustrating".
"Saw a line. Parked there. Arrowhead optional," another user added.
"Just another day in a Bunnings carpark!" one comment read.
And while the photo provided a laugh for many, other sympathised with the driver, saying it's not the first time it's happened there.
"People park there quite frequently. I'm not sure why as the lines are very clear," one person said.
"Not the first time. One time i was right behind a guy parking there. Took a couple of beeps before he realised it wasn't a park.
Questionable parks are nothing new in Australia, with a ute driver being shamed last month for taking up four spaces in Tasmania.
A month earlier, one Sydney Honda driver was also accused of parking "right in the middle of the road".
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