Walsall, Preston and Stockport named Britain’s unluckiest places for new cars

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Author: | Updated: 25 Sep 2019 10:51

Driving a new car? Watch out if you live in Walsall. It’s statistically the unluckiest place in the country for drivers being hit in the first three months of getting their new set of wheels. The West Midlands town is way ahead of nearest rivals Preston and Stockport.

A new study has found that almost 40% of motorists’ unfortunate enough to be hit by another vehicle have had their car for less than a year, with motorists also 50% more likely to suffer an incident in their second month of ownership than in the 12th, according to AX, a provider of vehicle protection technologies.

AX analysed over 68,000 accidents to identify the trend and also found that 11% of drivers involved in a non fault-accident have had the vehicle for less than 90 days.

Rear end car accident

Although London features by far the highest number of accidents within the first 90 days, it is not included in the top 20 unluckiest towns and cities because of its proportionately high vehicle population.


Unlucky Index  

Walsall 10
Preston 7.7
Stockport 6.7
Cambridge 6.1
Blackburn 5.3
Brentwood 5.1
Lincoln 5.1
Harlow 5.0
Chelmsford 4.9
Manchester 4.8
Colchester 4.7
Birmingham 4.7
Bedford 4.5
Nottingham 4.3
Dudley 4.2
Wolverhampton 4.0
Watford 3.9
Doncaster 3.8
Worcester 3.7
Wakefield 3.7

“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.” commented Scott Hamilton-Cooper, director of sales and operations at AX.

“When you’ve only owned that vehicle for weeks or months, it’s painful, frustrating and much, much more.”

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