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Using FOI requests to 50 UK councils, Rivervale Leasing has investigated 21,106 vehicles reported abandoned during 2021 to find out the most common and where it is happening most frequently. There are a number of reasons a car might be abandoned, from it having been stolen and dumped to it reaching a state where the owner can’t afford to shell out for repairs or towing costs.

According to the UK Government website – a car can be considered abandoned if it meets any of the following criteria:

  • There is no registered owner in the DVLA database and is untaxed

  • It has been left stationary for a significant period

  • There are clear signs of damage i.e., missing components, flat tyres or broken windows

  • It has been burned out

  • There is no number plate

The Ford Transit had the highest total abandoned vehicle reports in 2021

The trusty Ford Transit topped the list of most commonly abandoned vehicles in 2021 in terms of individual reports. With 610 instances across the 50 council jurisdictions asked, that’s the equivalent of 12 of them being abandoned every week.

THE UK’S MOST COMMONLY ABANDONED VEHICLES: TOTAL NO. OF REPORTS

#

Vehicles

Total Abandoned (2021)

1

Ford Transit

610

2

Vauxhall Astra

367

3

Ford Focus

363

4

Vauxhall Corsa

301

5

Volkswagen Golf

293

6

Ford Fiesta

276

7

Volkswagen Polo

164

8

BMW 3-Series

145

9

Renault Clio

141

10

Ford Mondeo

120

The Suzuki Vitara is the most commonly abandoned car per licensed vehicles on the road

The Ford Transit may have the higher total number of abandonment reports, however, when looked at proportionately against the number of licensed models in the UK, the Suzuki Vitara was the most likely vehicle to be reported abandoned in 2021, followed closely by the Peugeot 206.

THE UK’S MOST COMMONLY ABANDONED VEHICLES: PER 1,000 LICENSED

#

Most Abandoned Models

No. Reported Abandoned

Licensed Q3 2021

Abandoned
(Per 1000 Licensed)

1

Suzuki Vitara

92

95,162

1

2

Peugeot 206

83

87,386

1

3

Fiat Punto

90

103,794

0.9

4

Ford Transit

610

1,029,817

0.6

5

Vauxhall Astra

367

782,551

0.5

6

Ford Mondeo

120

253,705

0.5

7

VW Passat

112

248,826

0.5

8

Renault Clio

141

387,579

0.4

9

Vauxhall Zafira

108

269,455

0.4

10

Ford Focus

363

1,126,074

0.3

11

Vauxhall Corsa

301

1,033,974

0.3

12

VW Golf

293

1,038,935

0.3

13

BMW 3-Series

145

569,683

0.3

14

Honda Civic

111

332,028

0.3

15

Audi A4

102

301,636

0.3

The UK’s most commonly abandoned car brands

Ford may be the UK’s fourth best-selling car brand as of 2021, but it tops the charts by quite a wide margin when it comes to the amount reported abandoned by the councils in the study with 2,216 in total. The rest of the top three is rounded out by British mainstay Vauxhall in second place, with 1,508 reports, and the current UK best-selling brand Volkswagen in third, with 1,149 abandoned across the year.

THE UK’S MOST COMMONLY ABANDONED CAR BRANDS

#

Brands

No. Reported Abandoned (2021)

1

Ford

2,216

2

Vauxhall

1,508

3

Volkswagen

1,149

4

Mercedes-Benz

861

5

BMW

748

6

Renault

649

7

Peugeot

625

8

Toyota

601

9

Audi

565

10

Citroen

428

11

Nissan

406

12

Honda

392

13

Fiat

328

14

Suzuki

203

15

Land Rover

189

Bradford had the most reported abandoned cars of the 50 councils in the study

Of the 50 councils that responded, Bradford in West Yorkshire reported the most abandoned cars within its jurisdiction. It passed along a list totalling 3,561 vehicles across 2021. To put this in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 10 cars abandoned per day.

Significantly lower than the top spot, second and third place Milton Keynes (1,869) and Barnet (1,846) were closer in reported figures – with more than 1,800 vehicles reported abandoned in the space of a year – that’s around 150 per month.

  1. Bradford: 3,561

  2. Milton Keynes: 1,869

  3. Barnet: 1,846

  4. Sheffield: 1,746

  5. Croydon: 1,548

  6. Leicester: 1,434

  7. Newham: 1,106

  8. Southampton: 1,074

  9. Portsmouth: 1,034

  10. Sunderland: 876

What happens if you abandon a car in the UK?

Abandoning a vehicle is a crime (Section 2 of the Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978) and could land you with a £2,500 fine as well as three months of prison time. If you abandon a vehicle, you’ll also be liable for storage costs or disposal and can even be disqualified from driving.

To top it off, once a vehicle has come to the end of its useful life, it can be classified as ‘hazardous waste’, so abandoning it could mean you’re breaching Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which has a maximum five-year sentence and an unlimited fine.

How to report an abandoned car?

If you live in England or Wales and suspect a car has been abandoned, the best place to go is the UK Government’s abandoned cars reporting page.

From here you’ll be directed to enter your postcode and be given relevant council website details where you can inform the proper authorities and they can investigate.



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