“The majority of drivers we questioned blamed their scratches and repair costs on inconsiderate drivers parking too close to them but our research shows that the size of parking spaces is leaving them little choice.”
He added: “Even the smallest scratch can be very annoying and reduce the value of a vehicle by hundreds of pounds.
“But with car park operators looking to maximise visitor volumes and revenue, there is little incentive for them to exceed the recommended minimum size requirements.”
The AA has previously reported that at least 20 percent of all car insurance claims come from car park accidents.
However, analysis from the AA revealed one fifth of motorists involved in a car park accident would just drive off, especially if they thought no one had noticed.