You’ve worked hard for what you own and one of your prize possessions is that new shiny automobile sitting in your driveway. The monthly payment is a bit high, but what the heck, everyone needs something to validate the fruits of their labor. Then you walk out of your front door heading for work one morning and your recently re-paved driveway is empty. No shiny new car. You scratch your head in confusion before the reality of it being stolen during the night finally sets in, along with the fact that you will probably never sit behind its steering wheel again.
It may not surprise anyone that certain makes and models are higher on the “hit-list” than others, but it may be a surprise to learn which cars have targets painted on their hoods and are stolen with regularity.
- The 2008 Chevrolet Impala comes in 10th place. Sold between 2006 and 2013, this ninth generation Impala was considered a mid-sized sedan, though it was one of the largest in that class. The SS model had a 5.3-liter V8 engine that would smoke tires for miles.
9. In ninth place is the family van of all family vans, the 2002 Dodge Caravan. Almost 10,000 of these were stolen last year. It’s interesting to note that this is the only mini-van that made it into the top-ten.
8. The newest vehicle to make the list is the 2015 Nissan Altima. Well over 10,000 of these were stolen last year. These cars are fully loaded with gadgets that make it appealing for thieves, plus there is an excellent black market for them, making them easy to unload.
7. Coming in at number seven is the 2014 Toyota Corolla. Well known for its fuel economy and ease of driving, the Corolla has always been the target of car thieves. For some unknown reason, the 2014 model is considered the crème-de-la-crème with its striking good looks and well-noted reliability.
6. Though the 2001 Dodge Full-Size Pickup is not stolen as often as some other brands and models, over 11,000 of them disappeared last year.
5. The quietest, most fuel-efficient, and safest car on the market is also one of the most highly sought after. Almost 16,000 reported thefts last year bring the 2014 Toyota Camry into the number five position.
4. With a staggering 28,000 of these stolen last year, the 2004 Chevrolet Full-Size Pickup is quite popular among thieves. This year and model boasted more room and features than anything else on the market, and honest people were apparently not the only ones who read those ads.
3. The new sleeker body style of the 2006 Ford Full-Size Pickup gave it a more modern look and won it several awards. In addition to the truck being a huge seller for Ford, they also rank high on the stolen list with almost 30,000 of them driving off with some stranger behind the wheel.
2. With over 49,000 reported thefts last year, it’s no wonder why the 1998 Honda Civic comes in at second place. Despite the age of the car, they have always been known for being reliable and popular, so even today, don’t blink twice or it might be gone.
1. And now the moment you have been waiting for. With over 52,000 reported thefts last year, the 1996 Honda Accord leads the pack. According to Honda, the Accord is their top selling vehicle with 12.7 million of them having been sold.