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Aug 12

Car Parking Clangs

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According to a recent survey conducted by the AA, car park incidents and claims sky rocket seasonally, notably in summer and the run up to Christmas, when car parks are jam packed.

Over the past 12 months, just over half of all motorists have been involved in a car park incident, whether they were present at the time of the accident or not. However a large number of these prangs and clangs are deemed to be so minor that they do not warrant any further action in terms of insurance.

Interesting statistics show that:

66% of the people asked in the survey would be prepared to notify the owner of the other vehicle if they accidentally hit or damaged their car.

BUT 8% of drivers asked admitted that they would drive away from the scene of the crime, especially if they hadn’t been spotted by anyone else.  And perhaps even more shockingly, 1 in 8 of these would leave a note, but would leave false contact information!

It seems like car owners could soon be fighting a losing battle as cars continue to grow in size, yet the majority of car parking spaces have not expanded with the average size of today’s modern car.

It has been suggested that some drivers are just not aware of causing any damage, or that they deem it not significant enough to warrant an insurance claim. But that can leave the car owner seriously out of pocket. If they DID want to repair damage caused by a negligent driver, but had no further information about how it was caused, THEY could end up paying for it and/or losing their no claims bonus. Also, of course, it is actually illegal to cause damage to another’s property and leave without leaving any details.

If you see a car park prang, you can do your bit to help!

  • Make a note of the other car’s details – make, model, colour and registration number
  • Make a note of the date and time of the incident
  • Leave a note on the windscreen of the car that was hit, or wait for the owner to get back
  • Leave a copy of the note with the management of the car park or shopping complex for their records.

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