Around two-thirds (62%) of van drivers have had their wing mirrors clipped when driving along narrow streets or when parked, leading to overall lifetime costs of £655 million.
The research of 1,000 drivers by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also found one-third of respondents had said it had happened multiple times.
The figures show the most common cause on wing mirror damage is driving down a narrow street (62%), followed by on-street parking (21%( and public car parks (15%).
Replacement wing mirrors are the most common repair that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles technicians handle each year, with glass and mirrors accounting for 10 times more repairs than any other part.
James Allitt, head of aftersales for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “As one of the most common repair jobs, we know that a broken wing mirror is all too common for van drivers and leads to frustrating downtime.
“The impact of wing mirror damage on finances and business operations shows how important it is to manually fold in wing mirrors, and how cost-effective automatic folding mirrors can be to van drivers and fleet managers.”
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has recently seen a number of changes in senior management positions.
Head of fleet Claire English is leaving to become head of fleet at Audi UK, while David Hanna leaves his role of head of aftersales to replace James Douglas as head of sales operations.