The Most Stolen Cars in America

Stolen Car Trends

Drivers and car buyers beware: Some of the hottest and most popular vehicles are also the most commonly stolen. Certain cars and SUV models are about five times more likely to be stolen than the average for all vehicles, according to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and owners of those models will have to pay more to insure those vehicles, according to Russ Rader, an IIHS spokesman. In general, trucks and SUVs have become especially hot commodities in the used-car market in the past six months, says auto analyst Art Spinella at CNW Marketing Research. “It appears, also, that because of the demand and because more Americans are keeping their SUVs rather than trading for a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle, repair and replacement parts are in greater demand,” he adds. Owners may want to be especially protective if they drive any of the cars on this list, and buyers may want to steer clear of them if they’re concerned about theft. And Americans who own these cars and live in or near major cities or along the U.S. border with Mexico, for instance, will likely have to pay more for car insurance as well, Rader says. The IIHS bases its reports, which use data based on the number of thefts per 1,000 cars insured, on insurance claims due to the thefts of cars that are one to three years old. We also take a look at the Kelley Blue Book value for each of the cars on this list, which estimates the price based on actual sales data, listing 2009 model year values for comparison’s sake. Photo Credit: Nissan