Most of us are livid when our car is scratched but simply pass it off as mindless act carried out by a jealous passer by or a careless shopper. But a recent survey has revealed that you may well know the culprit.
From ‘friendly’ neighbours to ‘close friends’, a recent survey by parkat.co.uk has found that 57 per cent of Britons have admitted to scratching the car of someone they know, be that a colleague, neighbour or acquaintance. The majority also added it was due to jealousy.
Josh Harper, of Parkat.co.uk said: “What’s surprising is the number of people admitting to damaging a neighbour’s car. It seems people really do have less respect for one another, the whole “love thy neighbour” attitude truly is fading away.”
Matthew, co-founder of airport parking website Parkat.co.uk, said: “Car parking bays are getting smaller and smaller so parking too closely can be an easy mistake to make. It’s concerning that 11 per cent of respondents have admitted to scratching a car due to this.”
And the next time you park your car at home, those twitching nets could quite possibly be your neighbour planning their next attack, fuelled by nothing more than what you have and they don’t; be that your shiny new car or even something as innocent as your well pruned roses.
Part of the survey is shown below:
Q1) Have you ever scratched a colleague’s vehicle?
57% Yes - Due to jealousy
11% Yes - They parked too closely
9% Yes - Due to other reasons
Q2) Have you ever scratched a neighbour’s vehicle?
47% Yes - Due to jealousy
11% Yes - Envious of their garden
15% Yes - Due to other reasons
17% Yes - They are making too much noise
Q3) Have you ever scratched a friend’s vehicle?
37% Yes - Due to jealousy
11% Yes - Due to a better career
20% Yes - Due to other reasons
12% Yes, due to relationship trouble
Q4) Have you ever scratched a random vehicle?
33% Yes - Jealous of the vehicle
11% Yes - Parking too closely to me
10% Yes, Due to other reasons
16% Yes, I disliked how the person looked