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No luck for new car owners

No luck for new car owners

Nearly two in five (39%) motorists' unfortunate enough to be hit by another vehicle have owned their car for less than a year.

Data from AX showed that 11% of driver hit have had the vehicle for less than 90 days.

Motorists are also 50% more likely to suffer an incident in their second month of ownership than in the 12th.

AX analysed over 68,000 non-fault accidents from car park prangs to roundabout bumps to identify the trend.

By comparing car ownership and the population of UK towns and cities with the number of non-fault accidents, it found that West Midlands town, Walsall, is statistically the unluckiest place in the country for such incidents. It was closely followed by Preston and Stockport.

"However big or small, damage to your car when it's not your fault is upsetting. When you've only owned that vehicle for weeks or months, it's painful, frustrating and much, much more," said Scott Hamilton-Cooper, director of sales and operations.

"There's no rhyme nor reason for so many newer owners to be on the wrong end of a bump. You can't even suggest it's down to familiarity of the vehicle as they're the innocent party. It is purely just a question of bad luck."

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