Parking fears dog new car owners

Parking is the main concern for owners of new cars, according to new research.

With the new car registrations released this month, independent vehicle supply professionals OSV found that 29% of men will be more cautious when parking their new car as well as 14% of women.

With good reason; 25% of motorists have had a minor prang while parking their current cars, with bollards causing 40% of bumps. Clipping wing mirrors when driving through a tight spot or trying to squeeze into a space that was really too small were common problems.

Drivers also blamed passenger distractions 15% of the time, with 19% saying they won’t allow passengers in their new car for at least a month.

Stone chips and paint scratches are amongst new car owners worries as well with as many as 15% avoiding a newly resurfaced road in favour of having to make a longer journey, in order to keep their car in mint condition.

OSV joint-company director, Debbie Kirkley said, ‘March is an exciting time of year for many car lovers, we all dream of a shiny new car modelling the latest reg, so it’s no surprise those who do purchase them take extra care to protect their new wheels. Understandably so, as a car is probably the second most expensive purchase most of us make in a lifetime.

‘Minor prangs sometimes can’t be avoided however we’re disappointed to see the small percentage that cause damage to other motors and don’t take responsibility. But when it comes to parking prangs perhaps a few extra lessons would come in handy, after all parking sensors can’t do all of the work.’