Very few own up to carpark scrapes

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

SIXTY-SIX per cent of driv­ers have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of find­ing their car scratched or dam­aged in a pub­lic car park, ac­cord­ing to the AA.

And in only four per cent of cases did the guilty party leave a note or come for­ward to own up.

In 96% of cases the mo­torist is left to pay for the dam­age them­selves or make a claim against their own in­sur­ance. The find­ings are con­tained in an AA on­line poll of 800 mo­torists coun­try­wide.

‘Many peo­ple do not want to claim for a small dink on their own in­sur­ance be­cause they worry about their no claims bonus, so in ef­fect they are left with a healthy bill be­cause the per­son that did the dam­age does not own up,’ said Di­rec­tor of Pol­icy Conor Faugh­nan.

‘If they have sim­ply ‘done a run­ner’ you can be left high and dry.’

Car park­ing is a haz­ardous driv­ing ac­tiv­ity and in­for­ma­tion from AA In­sur­ance shows that hit­ting or be­ing hit by an­other ve­hi­cle is by far the most com­mon car-park claim, fol­lowed by ‘door to panel’ col­li­sions with walls, pil­lars, trol­ley shelters or bar­ri­ers.

This can oc­cur due to lim­ited space be­tween cars or rev­ers­ing into tight spa­ces with of­ten poor vis­i­bil­ity. There are also reg­u­lar claims for dam­age from rogue shop­ping trol­leys. While mo­torists will feel rightly an­noyed when their own car is dam­aged, not all are angels when they cause the scrape them­selves. Only 47% of driv­ers said that they did in fact leave a note or con­tact de­tails.

‘It is not sim­ply peo­ple be­ing dis­hon­est,’ said Faugh­nan, ‘there is a fear that the third party might take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion, and there is also em­bar­rass­ment. It is very tempt­ing to sim­ply slip away.’

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