Britain's vandals are picking on one of the smaller cars on the road for their mindless actions. Acc...
Sign of hard times? Fiat 500 most likely to be vandalised
The UK's most vandalised car is the Fiat 500 - knocking the Lexus IS from pole position, new figures show.
Britain's vandals are picking on one of the smaller cars on the road for their mindless actions. According to car insurer swiftcover.com's 2011/12 Vehicle Vandalism index, the Fiat 500 is the most vandalised car in the UK, replacing the previous "winner" the Lexus IS.
However, the Fiat 500 was the exception as most of the top vandalised cars were big, expensive models. After the Fiat in the list come the BMW Z4, Peugeot 207, BMW X5 and Range Rover, meaning three out of the top five most vandalised were "prestige" cars.
While the Fiat 500's vandalism rating is 3.62 - meaning one has a 3.62% chance of being vandalised – Britain's best-selling car, the Ford Focus, has a score of 0.58. The Fiat's score easily beat that of the second-placed BMW Z4 at 2.97.
Swiftcover says its average vandalism claim was £972.75, but its largest, for repair to a vandalised BMW 125, was £5,604.31.
Its chief claims officer Robin Reames said: "Our analysis shows that although luxury cars are still more likely to be targeted by vandals, owners of everyday vehicles shouldn't consider themselves immune."
Easy ways to prevent vandalism include putting a car in a garage if possible, or consider fitting motion-activated lights on your drive to deter thieves and vandals.