Welsh second city Swansea has been fingered as the UK’s motor claims capital.

“If you see signs for Swansea,” Virgin Money PR bloke Grant Bather deadpans, “take extra care because our data suggests you are more likely to have to make a car insurance claim following an incident there than in any other place in the country. That could mean being involved in an accident, having your car stolen or vandalised or being a victim of theft from within the vehicle.”

Theft from within the vehicle certainly sounds alarming! But what on earth is going on in Swansea? Virgin Money’s survey found Swansea’s SA4 postcode area generates more insurance claims per head of population than any other UK postcode area.

Leyton in London and Widnes in Cheshire, were joint second in the survey, with Warrington in Cheshire fourth and Hayes Middlesex joint fifth.

The survey also found Birmingham was the leading “major region” for car insurance claims, and, slightly randomly, that 17% of all claims were made by drivers in the South East.


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