Second-hand car buyers be warned – the Jaguar XKR is the model with the highest chance of having been involved in an accident in the UK.
That’s according to automotive data experts Cazana, who claim to have analysed every car advert to appear online in the last decade and identified whether it has been in a prang.
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Most-crashed cars: Automotive data expert Cazana has analysed used vehicle adverts over the last decade to identify which models are most likely to have been crash repaired
The 174mph Jaguar XKR – built from 2006 to 2014 – is the model most like to have been fixed after having a crash, the research highlighted.
And it’s not the only Jag to feature in the most-repaired motor list.
The less powerful XK, which had a top speed of 158mph appeared second in the list, while the more reserved XJ was ranked at number seven.
The top 10 revealsa a mix of popular mainstream favourites and high-performance models.
The top 10 cars most likely to have been accident damaged
1. Jaguar XKR (2006-2014)
2. Jaguar XK (2006-2014)
3. Volkswagen Golf (2003-2008)
4. Nissan 350 Z (2002-2009)
5. Renault Megane (2002-2009)
6. Jaguar XJ (2003-2009)
7. Subaru Impreza (2000-2007)
8. BMW M3 Coupe (2000-2006)
9. Mazda MX-5 (1989-1997)
10. Ford Fiesta (2008-2017)
For instance, the extremely popular Volkswagen Golf and Renault Megane family hatchbacks were both placed in the top five models being sold having suffered crash damage.
And the car at number 10 was the immensely common Ford Fiesta – the nation’s most-bought new model each year for the last decade.
High-powered cars made up the rest of the table, including the Nissan 350Z sports car, Subaru’s rally-bred Impreza and the E46 generation BMW M3.
Also featuring in the standings was the first-generation Mazda MX-5 – the best-selling two-seat convertible ever on the global market – in ninth place.
The data used to compile the top 10 most-crashed list was gathered by Cazana after analysing UK car sales information and pictures over the past decade.
The XJR (pictured) and less potent XK topped the list, according to the data
The highly popular mkV VW Golf (left), built between 2003 and 2008 ranked third in the list (left). It was closely followed by the 2002 to 2009 Renault Megane (right)
Cazana said previous generation Ford Fiestas, especially the facelifted from 2015 examples, had the 10th highest rate of being crash damaged
The data was adjusted to reflect how long the models have been on UK roads and the risk of an accident.
To identify crashed cars, Cazana’s data scientists and ‘machine-learning based algorithms’ look at the images and descriptions of vehicles to identify accident damage.
It then takes into account the number of these models on the road, as well as adjusting for the age of the car so the results aren’t skewed by how long a car has been sold for, or how popular a particular model is.
The Nissan 350Z – available as a roadster (left) and coupe (right) made an appearance in the standings
The E46-generation BMW M3 and mark one Mazda MX-5, both of which are still hugely sought after, were also ranked in the top 10
The rally-bred Subuaru Impreza – a favourite among performance car fans – made an unsurprising appearance in the list of likely-to-have-been-crashed cars
Tom Wood, CEO at Cazana, said: ‘We were interested by the results that this analysis produced. Whilst some models on the list may not surprise you, thanks to their horse-power and superior acceleration, other entrants were less expected.
‘The Volkswagen Golf is known as a reliable family hatchback, so it was surprising to see it in the top five.
‘Whilst ultimately damage is caused by a multitude of factors including road and weather conditions and the driver themselves, it’s interesting to see these clear trends in the data.
‘This list should also be useful to potential purchasers of these cars giving them the heads-up to check them carefully before buying and drive them carefully once they’ve purchased.’
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