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Car Park Motor Insurance Claims On The Rise

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One in nine motorists would flee the scene if they bumped a parked car, according to a new driver survey.

Of 8,800 drivers polled by a leading car insurance company, 1,000 motorists said they’d drive away rather than owning up if they accidentally damaged a parked car. Applied across the UK, that’s nearly 4 million motorists.

The research also found that four in five drivers have had their car damaged in a car park.

The survey also revealed it had seen a 10% increase in claims for car park damage during the first six months of 2009 compared to last year – although this may not reveal the full extent of the problem.

A spokesperson for the company said: “As it would affect their no claim bonus, many people wouldn’t bother to claim for a small dink unless it was caused by someone else and they could claim against them. However often they can’t even do that because whoever caused the damage ‘did a runner’.”