No matter how vigilant you are, there are just some vehicles that are more likely to be stolen than others. The reasons these vehicles are stolen more often than others include multiple factors, such as design, driver carelessness, cost, availability, and resale value (to name a few). Keep reading to find out which new cars are most likely to be boosted, and maybe check if your ride made the list. Some models listed may surprise you!
10. Nissan Altima
What puts the Nissan Altima above the Honda Civic on our list comes down to resale value? Although both models typically do well in the resale market, it’s actually easier to resell an Altima with minor damage. Honda Civics have long come had a reputation for being frequently stolen, so choosing a model of similar value allows thieves to slip under the radar. An Altima still possesses many of the same features that make a Civic popular for theft, without some of the extra the attention.
9. Honda Civic
Iconic in its own right, the Honda Civic unfortunately falls victim to quite a few car thefts every year. Thieves likely choose the Civic because of both its popularity and availability. If you were to count the number of Honda Civics in any one block of a large city, they would likely outnumber any other model. Though the Civic has evolved over the years, models of the same design tend to have universal parts. That’s quick and easy money for chop shops all across the nation.
8. Ford F-150
Like the Civic and the Altima, the Ford F-Series trucks are prime targets for car thieves. Since most car thefts involve some sort of plot in which a disposable car is necessary, Ford trucks not only offer a large vehicle but a truck bed as well. You’re more likely to see a Ford pickup of various model years on the road, too. That means new stolen Fords can be chopped up and resold as parts fairly easily, unfortunately.
7. Chevrolet Silverado
Much like the Ford pickups, the Chevy Silverado lineup suffers from theft for similar reasons. Pickup trucks are a great way to haul around all kinds of equipment, both legal and illegal. They also cost more than a standard sedan or compact car, which drives the need for unsavory people to steal them. The Silverado is a more basic platform of the GMC Sierra (which we’ve also listed below) but they both easily find their way into criminal hands. Silverado pickups share a lot in common with other Chevy vehicles and who doesn’t need another truck?
6. Ford Fusion
A four-door family sedan similar to the Taurus, the Fusion rounds out the top five most stolen cars on our list. Though many brands have invested in anti-theft devices and ways of deterring chop shops from mixing and matching parts, it’s easier to re-title a Ford Fusion than it is a vehicle of higher quality. Most of the vehicles on our list aren’t exactly luxurious rides and many have the security systems to match, but determined thieves don’t seem to care.
5. Honda Accord
The reason the Honda Accord isn’t as likely to be stolen as the Civic lies in the fact that the nameplate isn’t as popular. There aren’t as many people looking for parts to their Accord as there are Civic owners looking for spare parts. However, the Accord still sells plenty of units every year, so there’s a higher chance a thief will steal an Accord than something like a Mazda 3. Beyond that, it could be that many Accord owners are the type to leave their vehicles open to the opportunity of theft, but we wouldn’t want to generalize.
4. Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai, much like Mazda and Mitsubishi, isn’t quite the automotive giant that Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Dodge are. However, the Elantra still seems to be a popular model to steal. We’d guess that the model’s low entry pricing and relatively standardized features make it an easy target, especially considering the anti-theft systems may not be the most sophisticated. Add to that an increasing resale value and you’ve got the perfect mark for a chop-shop owning car thief.
3. Toyota Corolla
For every Honda Civic on the road, there is also a Toyota Corolla. At least, that’s what Toyota salespeople shoot for when they market the iconic and utilitarian model. Due to the popularity of Corolla parts (and the lucrative black market for them), this model is likely chosen more often by thieves than those we’ve listed below—along with the models we haven’t listed at all. There are plenty of white, silver, gray, and black Toyota Corollas driving around, so what’s one more. Or one less. Unless it’s being chased by a police cruiser, of course.
2. Dodge Ram 1500
The Dodge Ram is a popular platform, second only to perhaps the Ford F-Series. Though we mentioned the F-Series earlier in our list, the Ram gets as much attention from thieves as the trucks with the little blue oval does. Ram trucks aren’t exactly few and far between and they offer a powerful get-away car when things get particularly hairy. Ram parts, while widely available online for decent prices, fetch quite a lot of money in chop shops too. There are likely more than a few Rams carting around with stolen parts, honestly.
1. GMC Sierra
If a Dodge Ram isn’t delivering stolen parts, it’s probably a GMC Sierra. The Sierra is an upscale version of the Silverado, which made our list for similar reasons. The Sierra model shares a lot of the same underpinnings as the Chevy alternative, especially when it comes to anti-theft devices. Though it may be higher-priced than other 4×4 trucks on this list, the Sierra doesn’t necessarily have the high-tech features that luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche do.
Play it Safe
Car theft happens daily but there are a few things you can do to make sure your car stays safer. Always lock your vehicle after you exit it and never leave the keys in plain sight. Don’t park in unlit areas or leave valuables visible in the car. Park beneath a streetlamp or an area visible from your place of residence. These are just a few practices you can put into place to keep you and your vehicle safer.