LEAVING your car parked while shopping in the New Year sales could be risky as well as expensive, a consumer champion has warned.
According to a Whatcar.com survey, less than half of motorists who were polled would definitely confess to damaging a parked car.
And a shocking 18 per cent of drivers admitted they would hit the accelerator and drive off.
Steve Fowler, editor of What Car? magazine, said: “We’re shocked by the lack of honesty among some drivers.
“Yes, repairing some parking dings can run into hundreds of pounds, especially with more cars having painted bumpers and parking sensors. However, there are some clever repair systems that can cover up scrapes for a fraction of that cost these days.
“Either way, it’s a criminal offence not to stop and leave your details at the scene of an accident.
“You could end up with points on your licence, a large fine or a maximum penalty of six months in prison.”
Experts at Whatcar.com suggest that Buddies park in well-lit areas, don’t rely on parking sensors, keep a disposable camera in their glovebox, report any suspicious behaviour near cars and always lock the vehicle’s doors and windows, however short their stay.
Motorists are also advised never to leave expensive radios or sat-nav systems on display. These should always be taken with you when you leave your car.