The 20 Cars That Get the Most Traffic Tickets

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This post comes from Des Toups at partner site Insurance.com.

The top 20 ticket magnets include sports cars, SUVs, old beaters and a hybrid.

Insurance.com analyzed data submitted by more than 557,000 drivers who were comparing car insurance quotes to find the car models whose drivers had the most violations.

One in 3 drivers of the Subaru WRX had a traffic violation in the past three years, ranking the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sport compact atop the 526-model list. (See the entire Ticket Magnets rankings.)

The most-ticketed brand overall was Scion, with 27.5 percent of owners reporting a traffic conviction. The average for all vehicles was 19.9 percent.

Cars that get the most tickets, by rank, make and model, and the percentage with tickets:

  1. Subaru WRX — 33.6 percent.
  2. Pontiac GTO — 32.7 percent.
  3. Scion FR-S — 32.6 percent.
  4. Toyota Supra — 30.8 percent.
  5. Subaru Tribeca — 29.7 percent.
  6. Volkswagen Rabbit — 29.6 percent.
  7. Mercury Topaz — 28.8 percent.
  8. Scion TC — 28.8 percent.
  9. Toyota FJ Cruiser — 28.4 percent.
  10. Mazda Mazda2 — 28.1 percent.
  11. Hyundai Veloster — 28.1 percent.
  12. Volkswagen GTI — 28.1 percent.
  13. Suzuki Reno — 28.1 percent.
  14. Scion XA — 27.8 percent.
  15. Pontiac G8 — 27.7 percent.
  16. MINI Cooper S Countryman — 27.5 percent.
  17. Mitsubishi 3000 GT — 27.4 percent.
  18. Saturn Aura — 27.1 percent.
  19. Infiniti QX56/QX80 — 27.1 percent.
  20. Toyota Prius C — 27 percent.

Insurance companies pay more attention to claims than tickets when they set rates. A car whose owners have a lot of accident claims or expensive repairs will cost more to insure, even for the driver who has a spotless record.

But tickets do tend to have a dramatic effect on individual rates.

A 25-year-old male in ZIP code 94608 driving a 2013 Honda Civic with full coverage, for example, would see his monthly premiums soar with a single conviction for speeding 11 to 15 mph over the limit.

Company No tickets With ticket Increase
A $187 $310 66%
B $195 $271 39%
C $234 $281 20%
D $237 $308 30%

The driver’s cheapest option with a clean record becomes the most expensive with a single speeding ticket; shopping around after a violation would save this driver $39 a month – $468 a year.

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