Top 10 Cars Most Likely to Have Been in an Accident

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Top 10 Cars Most Likely to Have Been in an Accident

If you’re shopping for a used car, this list might come in handy.

A recent study has found the top 10 cars most likely to have been in an accident, which is something you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a used car. WikiLender examined more than 2.4 million vehicles from the model year 2009 and up, in both wholesale and retail markets to find which cars had the highest percentage of repaired accidents.

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In order to determine if a vehicle had a reported accident, WikiLender used Experian Autocheck. To determine vehicles in an unreported accident, it used auction condition reports that showed more than one metal body panel with signs of paintwork in cases where the Autocheck report did not show an accident.

Here are the top 10 cars most likely to have been in an accident.

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10. Infiniti QX60

2017 infiniti qx60

According to the study, 8 percent of Infiniti QX60 SUVs have been in reported accidents, while another 5.5 percent have been in unreported accidents.


9. Lexus CT 200h

2017 lexus ct 200h f sport

Approximately 8.7 percent of Lexus CT 200h models have been involved in reported accidents, while another 5 percent have been in unreported accidents.


8. Cadillac ATS

2017 cadillac ats

The Cadillac ATS sees 8.5 percent of its vehicles involved in reported accidents, along with an additional 5.6 percent in unreported accidents.


7. Audi A5

2018 audi a5 coupe

Audi’s popular and sporty coupe is involved in its fair share of accidents, with 9.5 percent in reported accidents and another 4.7 percent in unreported accidents.


6. Lexus RX 350

2016 lexus rx 350

There are plenty of Lexus RX 350 crossovers in today’s roadways, so it’s no surprise it’s on the list. The study found that 10.5 percent of them have been in reported accidents, while another 3.8 percent have been in unreported accidents.


5. Infiniti JX

2013 infiniti jx35

The Infiniti JX no longer exists, having been replaced by the QX60, but older models are still showing up on accident reports. Data shows 9.3 percent have been in reported accidents, while another 5.4 percent have been in unreported accidents.


4. Jaguar XJ

2016 jaguar xj

The only British car on the list is the Jaguar XJ, with 8.2 percent in reported accidents and another 7.5 percent in unreported accidents.


3. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2018 land rover range rover evoque

Luxury crossovers and SUVs are popular on this list, with the Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover making an appearance thanks to 10.9 percent of them being involved in reported accidents and an additional 5.6 percent in unreported accidents.


2. BMW X1

2016 bmw x1

BMW’s compact crossover, the X1, finishes second on the list with 12.7 percent in reported accidents and 5.3 percent in unreported accidents.


1. BMW 4 Series

2017 bmw 4 series coupe

And the top car most likely to have been in an accident is the BMW 4 Series, with 11.5 percent of them in reported accidents and 7.0 percent in unreported accidents.

  • NewGuy

    So many questions…

    Wonder why these cars in particular are more likely to have been in an accident and why the higher likelihood of an unreported accident?

    Interesting that they’re all luxury brands and the majority of the vehicles listed above aren’t typically ones you’d think that anyone was going to drive recklessly though I do see a lot of young kids driving BMW’s.

  • Kamaka

    Why they’re all luxury brands is interesting. A couple ideas came to mind:
    1. Maybe luxury owners are more likely to get every scratch and ding repaired.
    2. Maybe luxury drivers really are worse drivers than average.
    3. Most likely because over half of luxury cars are leased they’ll be repaired at the end of their lease by leasee or by the dealer.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    To me, the Lexus RX350 and Lexus CT200h right off the production line look like a RAV4 and a Corolla iM that have been in an accident.

  • MP

    Most people driving these cars think they own the roads and expect everyone around them to bend to their will. Happens when you have more money than brains. A Physics class would do them well.

  • Dusty McDust

    But… But the internet said mustangs eats all tha peoples. ???

  • kaffekup

    What amuses me are cars that have dents that correspond to the driver’s habits. Cars that are driven aggressively with dents in the front bumper; cars that are braked suddenly with dents in the back; and cars that take turns too closely dented on the sides.

  • Paul

    This is probably because owners of these drive aggressively like they own the road or something huh.

  • Malik

    The more speed, the higher chance for likely car accident. Be careful what you wish for.

  • wcjeep

    This list seems to indicate vehicles most likely driven by older people. Buick no longer has the market share to make the list. I don’t think it’s a male/female thing. Older people have slower reflexes but more money on average.

  • Fitzdiggers

    Jason Siu – you note the Jaguar XJ as “the only British car on the list”. Then the very next car is the Range Rover Evoque.
    Erm – excuse me, Jason, but not only is the Range Rover British, but it is from the same Jaguar Land Rover group.
    Please take a little bit of care with your journalism!
    Also, a little bit more depth of analysis would help here, as the comments below indicate. Surely it would not have taken much effort to establish the demographic of the buyers of each of these cars or even where the crashes took place. Is there a geographic aspect to this?. You could even be more scientific and consider which has the most or least effective cruise control and other driver aids and see if there is any correlation there. So you basic premise is interesting, but you could have done much more with this topic.