Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Revealed - Britain's most vandalised cars

 Prestige cars aren't attractive only to their owners - they seem to be arousing the interest of vandals too, new figures suggest.

The Lexus IS is the most vandalised car in Britain, according to new figures.

Second most attacked car is the BMW Z4, followed by the MINI One, in what insurer Swiftcover calls its "Vehicle Vandalism Index".

The majority of vehicles in the "top 10" are prestige cars, with the Mercedes CLK taking fourth place, followed by the Audi TT.

"Our analysis shows that luxury cars are more likely to be targeted by vandals, however, it's interesting to see the Mini ONE in the top three," said Robin Reames, claims director at insurer swiftcover.com. "The majority of vehicles in the top ten are what we call 'executive cars', likely to be driven by high earners who see their car as a status symbol, with just one 4x4 making up the top ten."

Taking up position number five is the Mazda MX-5, followed by the BMW X5, the Skoda Octavia - proving that there are exceptions to the "executive" rule - the BMW 525 and the BMW 530. According to the survey, "everyday" cars such as Fords were vandalised less frequently.

"Vandalism is difficult to prevent but motorists can take some measures to protect their cars as best possible," added Mr Reames. "The most obvious one is not to leave your car on the street; if you're lucky enough to have a garage, use it to keep your car out of harm's way. Installing extra security features such as motion-activated lights or security cameras will reduce your risk, as will a physical car cover to hide your car from view. We hope that the index gives some insight for those considering their next car."

The statistics were compiled by analysing approximately 2,000 claims and adjusting the figures to take account of the number of vehicles on the road.

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