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America’s Most Ticketed, Again

Posted in Acura, auto industry, Car Buying, Cars, Hummer, Legal, Mercedes Benz, Pontiac, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | October 19th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Just a few weeks back we gave you a report on the most ticketed vehicles in America, based on data from ISO Quality Planning. Now, The Truth About Cars gives us a new list, this time from QPC, a division of Verisk Analytics. There are a lot of similarities between the lists, but the QPC data does include a few vehicles that the ISO Quality Planning list omitted. Do you drive a “spirited vehicle” (QPC’s term for a high risk car)? Read on to find out:

1. Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster

2009 Mercedes Benz SL Roadster
Ticketed: 404% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: No

2. Toyota Camry Solara

Toyota Camry Solara
Ticketed: 349% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: Yes

3. Scion TC

2005 Scion TC
Ticketed: 343% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: Yes

4. Hummer H2/H3

Hummer H3
Ticketed: 292% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: Yes

5. Scion XB

2009 Scion XB
Ticketed: 270% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: Yes

6. Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG

2009 Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG
Ticketed: 264% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: Yes

7. Acura Integra

Acura Integra
Ticketed: 185% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: No

8. Pontiac Grand Prix

Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
Ticketed: 182% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: No

9. Mercedes-Benz CLK-63 AMG

Mercedes Benz CLK 63 AMG Black
Ticketed: 179% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: Yes

10. Volkswagen GTI

2006 VW GTI
Ticketed: 178% of average, per 100K miles driven
On ISO Quality Planning Top 10?: No

So what does this actually mean? I’m not sure, since it factors in mileage but doesn’t correct for time. How long will it take the owner of a Mercedes Benz SL roadster to hit 100k miles? Probably a lot longer than it takes the owner of a Scion TC, which means that a Mercedes Benz SL driver can go years between tickets, whereas a Scion driver may be racking up one ticket per month.

This is an insurance company sponsored survey, so chances are good it won’t work out in your favor regardless of what the real numbers are. My advice? If your car made both lists, you may want to think about trading it in on a new ride unless the cost of tickets and insurance rate hikes don’t worry you.

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5 Responses

  1. 98dsmgs says:

    yayyy no eclipse! lol

  2. DaveMofo says:

    Solara, huh? I would think those LESS likely to break the law would drive those. And as far as Mercedes goes, they get ticketed because the drivers are probably perceived as a) able to afford it and b) ass hats/attorneys (or both) by most cops.

  3. Kurt says:

    Dave, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Solara driving AT the speed limit down here, let alone above it.

  4. Trystan says:

    If you look at most of the cars on this list they’re cars that are generally driven by males in their twenty’s. Maybe that has something to do with how often they’re ticketed.

    Kurt: It’s just the most ticketed drivers, not necessarily speeding tickets.

  5. Kurt says:

    Trystan, I don’t know too many 20 something males driving AMG Mercedes, Hummer H3s or Toyota Camry Solaras. I agree on the GTI, Scions and Acura, though.

    You’re correct that the list is the most ticketed, but I believe it only looked at traffic offenses with associated points. Speeding, reckless driving, disregard of stop sign, careless driving, failure to yield, etc. all fall into that category; parking tickets, toll evasion, seat belt tickets, etc. usually don’t.