If you want to avoid vandals, avoid Fiat, Porsche and BMW!
Car insurance should always be a last resort when it comes to protecting your car, yet owners of certain brands of vehicle have found that they may have to contact their cover provider on a more regular basis than others. That’s because a recent survey has named the most-targeted cars by vandals, dividing its results into make and model. Swift-cover revealed that Porsche was the most targeted car brand on the road in the UK in the year to February 2012, beating second-placed Saab by quite a large margin. The company’s figures suggested that Porsches were, on average, five times more likely to be vandalised by malicious passers-by than so-called “everyday” vehicles like Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus. In fact, the likelihood percentage of one being hit was 3.46 per cent – more than double the desecration chance of a Saab (1.68 per cent).
- Land Rover
Land Rover was third with 1.65 per cent. However, this is not necessarily because the brand is upmarket; when it came down to the most targeted model of vehicle, it was the much more unassuming Fiat 500 that attracted the most unwanted attention. Figures went on to outline how the 500 has a whopping 3.62 per cent chance of being attacked by onlookers, eclipsing the second-placed BMW Z4 (2.97 per cent) and Peugeot 207 (2.39 per cent, third place).
- Vauxhall Astra
Robin Reames, speaking on behalf of Swiftcover, said: “Our analysis shows that although luxury cars are still more likely to be targeted by vandals, owners of everyday vehicles shouldn’t consider themselves immune. “The majority of vehicles in the top ten are what we call ‘executive cars’ such as the BMW Z4 and Audi TT,” he continued, “likely to be driven by high earners who see their car as a status symbol, and it probably won’t surprise many to learn that there are two 4x4s in the top ten.”
- BMW Z4
So, whatever you do, make sure that you know what to expect from your car before you buy it – after all, you could find yourself having to put forward that extra bit of cash to cover something that’s perceived to be an insurance burden!