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by Matt Brogan

As CarAdvice staff can recently attest, leaving you car parked while shopping can be a risky and expensive exercise.

What’s even worse is that according to a UK poll by Whatcar.com, only 37 per cent of motorists polled would definitely confess to damaging a parked car.

18 per cent surveyed said they would hit the accelerator and drive away quickly, with the remaining 45 per cent saying they’d be in two minds about leaving a note – depending on how much damage they caused.

“We’re shocked by the lack of honesty among some drivers. Yes, repairing some parking dings can run into hundreds of pounds especially with more cars having painted bumpers and parking sensors,” said Steve Fowler, Editor of What Car.com

“However, there are some clever repair systems that can cover up scrapes for a fraction of that cost these days.

“Either way, it’s a criminal offence not to stop and leave your details at the scene of an accident and you could end up with points on your licence, a large fine or a maximum penalty of six months in prison!”

A few tips for safer parking:

  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Park further away from busy spaces
  • Use your mirrors and turn your head, don’t reply on parking aids
  • Keep your camera, phone camera or even a disposable camera handy
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour
  • Always lock the doors and close the windows, however short your stay
  • If your radio or sat-nav is removable, take it with you
  • Don’t leave any valuables in the car
  • Use locking wheelnuts on alloy wheels



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