Cars BMW and Ford drivers most likely to have their car stolen or written-off

18:59  07 february  2018
18:59  07 february  2018 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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The Audi A3, A4, A6, and BMW 730d were all featured among the cars most at-risk of the "relay" technique, where gangs are able to hack into keyless systems and drive off without even steal of fortune. Is YOUR car a theft target? List reveals motors most likely to be stolen . Not all white.

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BMW and Ford drivers are most likely to have their cars stolen or written-off, according to a study by Warranty Direct. The findings also show that claims for write-offs have risen by 55 percent since 2014, with some cases costing as much as £15,000.

The analysis has been carried out by the warranty company’s GAP insurance division, which can cover the shortfall that might arise from an insurer’s comprehensive policy settlement. It found that BMW and Ford each accounted for 17 percent of overall GAP claims, followed by Mercedes-Benz (11 percent), Vauxhall (11 percent) and Audi (4 percent).

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A poll complied of more than 5,000 drivers who scrapped their car found that 32 per cent of vehicles being driven too close to the car in front as being the worst and most dangerous habit - and the most likely cause of a car being written off .

But while BMW and Ford account for the highest proportion of cases, the most significant claims were made by Mercedes drivers, with an average claim value of £5,165. Meanwhile, Audi drivers claimed an average of £4,905 and BMW drivers £4,286.

015-Ford-Focus: Ford Focus © Provided by Motoring Research Ford Focus Car crime had started to decline, but criminals are finding new ways to bypass the latest security technology, with vehicle-related theft up 30 percent between 2013 and 2016 in England and Wales.

Simon Ackers, chief executive of Warranty Direct, said: “It’s clear from the recent steep rise in vehicle-related thefts and write-offs that advances in vehicle manufacturing and technology cannot always prevent irreparable damage.

“The motoring industry must continue to adapt and encourage consumers to guard against potential loss with GAP insurance and visual deterrents such as steering wheel locks and alarms, which could help protect vehicles from theft.”

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He said: "A Ford Ka is not very likely to be stolen as thieves will view them as cheap, with no power, and no street cred among thieves. "The cars that are much more likely to be targeted are the BMW 3.5, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes C Class, and the Range Rover Sport.

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How to avoid a ‘relay attack’

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One criminal uses a device to receive the key signal from inside the home, transferring the signal to a second box, placed close to the car. This tricks the car into ‘thinking’ the key is present, allowing the thieves to unlock it and drive away.

To avoid being a victim of a ‘relay attack’, motorists are advised to place the car keys in a metal box, a signal blocking wallet or a microwave oven.

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