When you head into the car dealership to pick up your next vehicle, you might think about factors like the price, fuel efficiency, and the interior space and comfort. What most people don't think about, however, is the likelihood of their car being stolen. Believe it or not, there are some cars that are just more likely to be stolen than others. Here are some of the most commonly stolen vehicles on the road today as well as some tips for preventing car theft.
This vehicle might not seem like it should belong on the most stolen cars list today, but the fact remains that this model is a popular choice for car thieves. The reason is not because of its resale value, as these cars typically have hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer, but instead because of the value of its individual parts. Since some of these parts are no longer made by Honda, auto repair shops will pay a lot for replacement parts, prompting theft.
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular cars on the road today, and it has been for more than a decade. In this case, it seems that this car is stolen so often simply because there are such a large number of them. In addition, older cars like the Honda Civic from 1998 are not equipped with the anti-theft technology you might find on cars today.
Trucks are gaining popularity among car thieves, which is due in large part to the fact that they are often worth considerably more than vehicles with the same security measures in place. Generally speaking, trucks like the 2006 Ford can be resold immediately, or they will be chopped into parts. These parts will also sell quickly thanks to the large inventory of Ford trucks in the United States today.
1994 seems to be a popular choice for car thieves. The 1994 Acura Integra doesn't offer much in the way of anti-theft devices, which makes it a sitting duck for experienced car thieves today. The resale value of the car is very low due to its age, but the parts are hard to come by and can fetch impressive prices.
This is one of the few stolen cars that is rarely chopped for parts. Instead, it is stolen thanks to its muscular look. 2009 Dodge Chargers are often stolen for joyrides, and they are some of the most-recovered cars as they are sometimes left on the side of the road after the thief has had their excitement.
In the United States alone, an average of 700,000 vehicles are stolen each year. Some of the smart ways that you can prevent your own car from being stolen might include never leaving the car unlocked, parking in public areas and keeping valuable property out of sight inside your vehicle.
Jon Engle is a freelance blogger and avid car enthusiast living in San Diego, CA. He currently writes for the All Star Glass company providing tips on windshield repair and auto glass replacement. When not blogging, he can be found at local car shows, surfing and spending time with his family.