The Most Stolen Vehicles ~ Why?

April 30, 2012

Across the county cars are stolen every day. As some would think, that sleek little Mercedes convertible that costs so much to buy is not the car that people are stealing! In the US last year the number one stolen car was the 1994 Honda Accord, followed by the 1995 Honda Civic, and the 1991 Toyota Camry. These cars are stolen for a number of reasons. And like most people think the reason these cars are stolen is not because they are so nice people want to drive them.

Being that so many of these types of vehicles were made and so many are still on the road today, parts are in high demand. People are making a lot of money stealing these vehicles and stripping them for parts. This is a high revenue and very illegal business. These older cars are not only stolen because of a high demand for parts, but also because they are easy to steal. They have less anti-theft features then new models. These cars are also not likely to have after -market security devices such as warning and tracking devices and disabling devices.  Being that these cars are easier to steal it is more likely that they will be stolen.

If you are thinking about purchasing a vehicle, I would take a look at the list of the most stolen vehicles in the country. If the car is on this list you could be facing higher insurance premiums. Also remember if you car is stolen it is only covered by your insurance company if you carry full coverage on the vehicle, not just liability. Remembering liability coverage is most common among older vehicles, think long and hard about your purchase decision.

Here is a list of the most common stolen cars in 2009 in the US.

The most stolen vehicles 

1. 1994 Honda Accord

2. 1995 Honda Civic

3. 1991 Toyota Camry

4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup

5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup

6. 2000 Dodge Caravan

7. 1994 Chevrolet pickup (full size)

8. 1994 Acura Integra

9. 2002 Ford Explorer

10. 2009 Toyota Corolla

Source: NICB, based on car thefts in 2009

Does anyone drive one of these cars? What do you think, is you car a target for thieves?