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Cars particularly vulnerable to damage in parking lots, research says

Wednesday 02 November 2016, By Autovolo

Cars particularly vulnerable to damage in parking lots, research says

Cars particularly vulnerable to damage in parking lots, research says

Roughly two-thirds of motorists in the UK have left their car in a car park only to return and find it damaged, a new study by RAC Insurance has revealed

Of the 1,464 members quizzed in the organisation’s Opinion Panel, 35 per cent claimed their cars had been damaged at least once, while 31 per cent said their vehicle had been damaged multiple times.

From that group, 23 per cent claimed to have had their car damaged on five or more occasions.

Most of the damage occurs in supermarket car parks, with 48 per cent of respondents saying their car had been dented or scratched while shopping. Other notorious locations named in the survey were town-centre, library and leisure centre car parks.

Survey participants largely believed the damage was unintentional, with 70 per cent believing their car was damaged accidental. Of this group, 53 per cent thought the damage was caused by contact with another vehicle, while 32 per cent believed car doors being opened into their vehicle were responsible.

Unfortunately, only nine per cent of people were left a note, while 38 per cent said they “wouldn’t expect anyone to do the right thing and leave a note”.

RAC Insurance director Mark Godfrey said: “It’s frightening to think that so many motorists suffer damage to their vehicles in car parks and that the people responsible hardly ever leave a note. We all use car parks every day, so the chances of your car picking up a dent or scratch are pretty high, especially as vehicles have got wider over the years while parking spaces generally haven’t.”