Other minor prangs in the top five most common are knocks on alloy wheels, chipped glass, dents in doors and scratched boot lids.
The survey, which analysed thousands of vehicles, has shown that parking and manoeuvring accounts for most of the damage with the average cost of repairing a minor bump notching up at £200. Spread across a large fleet, this can run into thousands of pounds.
Clive Forsythe, managing director of Arval PHH's business customer division, the group which completed the survey, said: 'Three of this top five come from minor impacts caused by tight manoeuvring, so it's clear that motorists need to brush up on their parking skills.
'Because the damage is not critical it often gets ignored. However, even negligible problems can grow into much more expensive ones if left unrepaired.'
Wear and tear on vehicles can have a detrimental effect at disposal time and Forsythe says fleets need to be vigilant with drivers. Even fleets leasing vehicles can incur penalties at the end of the vehicle's contract if wear and tear damage is unacceptable.
Forsythe said: 'When the time comes to sell vehicles, be they private or company cars, excessive minor damage will severely impact their second-hand value.'
'Vehicle owners need to take these costs more seriously and make sure the damage is repaired before there is further deterioration.
Forsythe added: 'Traffic congestion is on the increase, with more vehicles on the road leading to an increased likelihood of minor impacts. Motorists need to take as much care when parking and manoeuvring as they do when driving along the motorway. It could save employers a lot of money in the long run.'
Most common wear and tear