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This is most likely due to Electrostatic Charge. That being said, you generate static either by friction (sliding) or by clothing.

Very dry cloth (nylon, silks, rayons and some polys) are more prone to create static. Over drying them makes the matter worse. Some fabric sheets help reduce this problem.

If you want to avoid it, try changing your clothing material, avoid sliding off the seat when you get out (not an easy task) and by holding a small metal object (such as the car key) tightly in your hand, and allowing this metal object to make the first contact with the door or door handle so that the static charge is destroyed. You may see a tiny spark, and although you may sense something, the shocks that you have been experiencing will be avoided.

To avoid the shocks, there are also straps that can be attached to your vehicle that discharge any static electricity built up in the vehicle to ground. They are readily available at most any store that sells auto parts or accessories.

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