Hon­esty the rare pol­icy

South Waikato News - - OPIN­ION -

Kiwi mo­torists like to think they’re hon­est when it comes to ad­mit­ting to mi­nor park­ing dam­age, but a new sur­vey would sug­gest that the re­al­ity is far dif­fer­ent.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by AA In­surance, in­ter­viewed 1000 driv­ers on­line and found that more than 650 of them had re­turned to their parked car to find it dam­aged, and in 86 per cent of those cases, the per­son who caused the dam­age did not leave a note.

The sur­vey then asked the driv­ers how they would be­have if they dam­aged a car and no one had seen them.

‘‘While the re­al­ity is that most peo­ple don’t leave a note, only one per­son in five was pre­pared to ad­mit that they would not,’’ Amelia Macan­drew, cus­tomer re­la­tions man­ager at AA In­surance said.

‘‘Those over 60 years [12 per cent], as well as male driv­ers [18 per cent], ap­peared to be most likely to leave their de­tails.’’

The com­pany said that in the 12 months to Septem­ber 30, it han­dled al­most 7700 claims for cars dam­aged while parked, equiv­a­lent to a cost of $11.5 mil­lion.

Sourced from Stuff.co.nz

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