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Sporty cars top of vandal hit list

Added: (Fri Oct 30 2009)

Pressbox (Press Release) - New research reveals which vehicles are most likely to be targeted by vandals, and it’s bad news for owners of high spec vehicles and convertibles as these dominate the list of the top ten models most likely to be vandalised.

Car insurance specialist elephant.co.uk looked at data from over 25,000 malicious damage claims over the last five years to see which cars are the most likely to experience this type of claim. The top ten is dominated by expensive convertibles and luxury cars, with the BMW Z3 in the number one spot. It is followed by the Chrysler Crossfire in second place and Porsche Cayenne in third.

elephant.co.uk’s research shows that some models of car are three times more likely to be maliciously damaged than average. According to its data 0.9% of BMW Z3, Chrysler Crossfire and Porsche Cayenne owners have claimed for vandalism to their car, compared with an average of 0.3% for all vehicles.

Brian Martin, managing director at elephant.co.uk, said, “It would appear that certain models are more likely to be vandalised than others, our research shows the top ten is made up entirely of expensive luxury cars and soft tops. It could be that luxury cars are targeted because of old-fashioned envy; sadly some people are jealous of those who drive expensive cars. While in the case of convertibles, they are an easy target, it’s relatively simple to slash a fabric roof or PVC window.

“But we don’t want to worry car owners with these types of cars, thankfully this sort of car crime is still relatively rare.”

When looking at which general makes of car are most likely to be vandalised the list is again dominated by high end luxury brands. Number one is Porsche, with BMW, Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes and Aston Martin all in the top ten.

elephant.co.uk also looked at which postcode areas have the highest percentage of vandalism claims. London dominates the list, with eight of the top ten postcode areas in the capital and the other two in Scotland. London’s WC, EC and W postcode areas fill the top three spots. The first non-London postcode is Edinburgh (EH) in fifth place; the only other area outside of London in the top ten is Glasgow (G) at ninth place.

Brian Martin, continued, “London is definitely the UK hotspot for car vandalism, particularly central London. It’s obviously a busy place with the highest concentration of cars in the country, but there is never an excuse for vandalising someone else’s property. Not only is it distressing, it can also cause a lot of inconvenience and aggravation.”

Top 10 makes and models of car by percentage making a malicious damage claim
Position Make & Model
1st BMW Z3
2nd Chrysler Crossfire
3rd Porsche Cayenne
4th Porsche Boxster
5th BMW Z4
6th Ford Streetka
7th Honda S2000
8th Smart Forfour
9th Audi TT
10th MG MGF

Top 10 makes of car by percentage making a malicious damage claim
Position Make & Model
1st Porsche
2nd Mini
3rd MG
4th BMW
5th Chrysler
6th Jaguar
7th Audi
8th Mercedes
9th Mazda
10th Aston Martin

Top 10 postcodes by percentage making a malicious damage claim
Position Make & Model
1st WC – West Central London
2nd EC – East Central London
3rd W – West London
4th SW – South West London
5th EH – Edinburgh
6th N – North London
7th NW – North West London
8th E – East London
9th G – Glasgow
10th SE – South East London

Editor’s notes
1. elephant.co.uk was launched in August 2000 and has over 500,000 customers. elephant.co.uk is a trading name of EUI Limited and is part of the Admiral Group plc.
2. 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.
3. 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
4. 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: 29th October 2009

For more information please contact: Justin Beddows on 029 2043 4224 or email justin.beddows@aisl.uk.com.

Submitted by:Justin Beddows
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