Having your car ‘keyed’ or paint scratched was the most common form of car vandalism in Queensland last year, according to RACQ.
Research found nearly one in five Queensland motorists experienced malicious damage to their car.
RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said most acts were random and the offenders rarely identified.
“The most common form of car vandalism is when vehicles are ‘keyed’ or have paint scratched (42 percent), followed by car windscreens and windows being damaged (18.6 percent) and panels kicked in (8.1 percent),” Mr Sopinski said.
“It can be very frustrating for victims of malicious damage as the offenders are often not found.
“Although in some cases, given the nature of damage to the car, it can indicate a personal connection. Jilted ex-lovers or someone holding a vendetta can also be to blame.”
Mr Sopinski said while there were many similar types of vandalism reported, the study found some more bizarre incidents.
“There were some very strange incidents, including sugar being placed in a fuel tank, a car driven down a boat ramp, paint stripper being poured over a car, and even one car being reversed over by a larger vehicle,” he said.
RACQ research identified other malicious damage to cars including:
Tyres slashed (6.2 percent)
Tyres let down (4.2 percent).
Parts stolen, including wheels (4 percent)
Badges stolen (3.4 percent)
Egged (2.8 percent)
Graffiti (1.7 percent)
Set on fire (1.1 percent)