According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), older car models are hot commodities for car thieves because they can get good money for the stolen vehicle parts. That contributes to the $8.2 billion worth of cars that are stolen each year in the United States, which translates to a car being stolen every 26 seconds. In spite of this, car theft is on the decline. Yet, to be safe, you may be wondering, “Does my car appeal to thieves?” To find out, check out the following list of the 10 most frequently stolen cars in the U.S.
TOP STOLEN CARS:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
- Accords have an easy ignition mechanism to bypass, so they are easy to steal.
- Body style is attractive to young people, especially when the factory engine is replaced with a bigger one. It becomes a street racing champion.
2. 1995 Honda Civic
- Civics are stolen often because of the value of their parts. Car thieves can pull in $30,000 worth of parts from a $20,000 vehicle.
- Honda manufactures interchangeable parts for all model years, so the black market profit on parts is high.
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
Camry (and Honda Accord) are the highest-selling cars in the U.S., and therefore are among the most stolen because their per capita sales rate is the highest.
4. 1999 full-sized Chevy pickups
5. 1997 Ford F-150 pickup
6. 2004 Dodge Ram
7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
8. 1995 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 1999 Ford Taurus
If you drive of one of the top stolen vehicles on this list (or any vehicle for that matter), consider installing an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock or fuel cut-off switch or an alarm for your vehicle to deter thieves.
Many wonder why newer, more expensive cars aren’t more appealing to thieves. Experts say it’s because of the value of used car parts, which can be much more than the car itself would fetch on the used car market. Also, newer models are tougher to steal due to more sophisticated anti-theft technology.
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