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The Fiat 500 has received an avalanche of accolades since its re-launch back in 2007.

But this week, the city car was awarded with a prize the manufacturer will be less keen to celebrate.

According to research by, drivers of the popular 500 are likely to be left scouting for Fiat spare parts to replace damaged components as the vehicle is the UK's most vandalised car.

Based on analysis of more than 1,500 car insurance claims for vandalism, awarded the Fiat 500 a 'Vehicle Vandalism Index' rating - based on the percentage chance that the car would be vandalised in a one year period from February 2011 to February 2012 - of 3.62, higher than any other car on the UK roads.

Another small car - the Peugeot 207 - also made the top five, coming in third with a score of 2.39.

However, the rest of the list was largely comprised of vehicles that could be placed in the 'high-end' of 'luxury' bracket.

These included the BMW Z4 in second place, with a score of 2.97, the BMW X5 (2.37) and the Land Rover Range Rover (2.15).

Robin Reames, chief claims officer at, said the study shows that "although luxury cars are still more likely to be targeted by vandals, owners of everyday vehicles shouldn't consider themselves immune".

He added that while vandalism is difficult to prevent, there are steps motorists can take to minimise the chances of their vehicle being targeted.

Mr Reames recommended using sheets to cover your car while it's parked to make it less prominent to passers-by and installing a motion-activated light in your driveway to deter would-be thieves and vandals.

Meanwhile those with garages at home should make sure they use them to store their car over night or when not being used for a significant period of time.