Top 20 hire car hotspots revealed

A survey of the top 20 worldwide holiday hotspots for travellers damaging their hire cars has revealed that Chile and Ireland are the worst two destinations.

Car rental broker CarDelMar claims that Chile is where the highest number of hire vehicles are returned bumped and bashed at 7.7%, more than 25 times the number of vehicles than in the USA, which has the lowest at 0.3%.

Ireland ranks second, with 5.8% of cars returned damaged, followed by Costa Rica at 5.7% and Mexico at 5.6%. Great Britain ranks 13th in the survey with only 1% of cars returned damaged.

Carsten Greiner, managing director of CarDelMar, said: "Drivers are always very quick to blame the driving conditions of another country or the habits of another nationality - and perhaps our survey proves that some countries are worse to drive in than others."

Returned cars in Spain are largely scratch-free with 99.5% of cars returned in immaculate condition, giving the country 19th place.

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(RAC Car insurance)