Car insurance: 'Fender benders' lurk in supermarkets

Thursday, 02 November 2006

New research shows that so-called dent-and-run drivers cost British car drivers around £5 billion every year.

A report from eBayMotors.co.uk found that 22 million motorists have found their cars damaged by mischievous drivers who drove off before leaving a note. The average repair bill for these "fender bender" crimes totalled £340.

Londoners are the worst offenders and are twice as likely as the national average to dent and run.

Beware supermarket car parks where the majority of dodgy driving took place. Some 74 per cent of drivers were hit there compared to 38 per cent who suffered dents on the high street.

Women are far more likely to keep their cheap car insurance premiums intact by causing less damage to other cars. Ten per cent of the fairer sex caused harm when parking compared to 17 per cent of men.

Damage ranges from nicks and scratches to more grave errors like breaking a tail light or smashing a wing mirror.

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