The dreaded speeding ticket–it happens to everyone–but if you think it happens to some people more than others, you’re right. In a study analyzing auto insurance claims, researchers found that the model of your car may be a factor when police decide to pull you over.
The car that gets the most speeding tickets is the Mercedes-Benz SL class. Whether it’s out of curiosity on the part of the police officer wanting to take a closer look, or the driver who can’t help but to enjoy the car’s 382 horsepower, V-8 engine on a car with a purchase price of approximately $100,000…drivers of these cars get four times as many tickets as everyone else.
These other cars are also more likely to earn their owners a ticket:
- Toyota Camry-Solara
- Scion TC
- Hummer H3 or H2
- Scion XB
- Mercedes-Benz CLS
- Acura Integra
- Pontiac Grand Prix
- Mercedes-Benz CLK
- Volkswagen GTI
One note-worthy aspect of this list – only two of these cars are made in Detroit and both have been discontinued!
The least-ticketed cars include SUVs and more economically-friendly cars, such as the Buick Lacrosse, Mazda Tribute, Hyundai Tucson, and Oldsmobile Silhouette.
This was the second annual study done Quality Planning, a Verisk Analytics company that validates policyholder information for auto insurers. The study looks at vehicle types, their driver profiles, and the frequency of traffic violations.