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An Italian job for car thieves

Added: (Thu Jul 02 2009)

Pressbox (Press Release) - New research by online car insurance expert, elephant.co.uk has revealed that Italian cars are the favourite target of car thieves.

The study of more than 45,000 theft claims showed that Italian cars, such as Alfa Romeos and Fiats top the list of nationality of cars most likely to be stolen.

Closely following Italian vehicles are German cars which include Audis, BMWs and Volkswagen, with British cars like Fords, Minis and Vauxhalls in third place.

Brian Martin, managing director of elephant.co.uk, said, “We usually associate cars from different countries with different qualities - for example that German cars tend to be well engineered, Italian cars are stylish and British cars classic. We wanted to see if there were any trends when it came down to the nationality of cars being stolen.”

The research also revealed that it’s the owners of Spanish Seats that are the least likely to suffer the heartbreak of their car being stolen, along with those who drive Czech Skodas and Swedish Saabs and Volvos.

Brian Martin said, “There are many reasons why some cars are more popular with car thieves than others. It could be they are more desirable for professional thieves, or maybe their security systems aren’t so good and of course, in many cases it’s just that they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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Editors Notes

1.
Rank Nationality
1. Italy
2. Germany
3. UK
4. USA
5. France
6. Japan
7. Korea
9. Sweden
10. Czech Republic
11. Spain

2. elephant.co.uk was launched in August 2000 and has over 485,000 customers. elephant.co.uk is a trading name of EUI Limited and is part of the Admiral Group plc.

3. elephant.co.uk specialises in providing car insurance on the Internet. It not only offers quotes and sales online, but can handle some aspects of after-sales services and claims through its website. The site targets 20-35 year-olds living in cities, who traditionally pay higher premiums for car insurance.

4. elephant.co.uk writes its motor insurance business to a consortium of insurers, these being:
a. Admiral Insurance Company Ltd
b. Admiral Insurance (Gibraltar) Limited
c. Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) plc

5. elephant.co.uk’s salesline is 0800 118 1644 - open from 8am to 10pm on weekdays, from 9 am to 5pm on Saturdays, and on a Sunday between 10am and 4pm

Issued by: elephant.co.uk, Capital Tower, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AZ.
Date: 2 July 2009


For more information please contact: Natalie Grimshare on 029 2043 4231 or email natalie.grimshare@aisl.uk.com

Submitted by:Natalie Grimshare
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