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Old cars are stolen more than new
Here is the 2006 list of Cars Stolen Most Often according State Farm. Not surprisingly, the Civic, Accord and Camry make up the most commonly stolen. But that's a grossly misunderstood statistic because it is the model years 1995, 1991, 1989 respectively that are on the list. Apparently, it's only the old models that are frequently stolen.

In fact, the only model on the top 10 from this millennium is the 2005 Dodge Ram. Everything else is from the 90's or 80's. That refutes the idea that "I have an old car, no one will steal it." In reality, your old car is more likely to be stolen. I can think of a few reasons why:
  • Simpler (or non-existent) security systems
  • Owners less likely to lock or protect a car "because it's old and nobody would want it."
  • Greater demand for used and cheap (i.e. black market) parts to fix aging cars
  • Larger pool of cars that need parts and thus a larger pool to pick from (compared to new models that have only been on the market a couple years)
  • Less conspicuous and harder to find an old stolen car than a shiny new car
  • Less urgency from police and insurance companies to recover lower value older cars

Posted 06/04/2008 05:04 PM in Cars, News | Total Comments: (2)
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feeds and demand
Yeah, I believe the resale market was one of the most prominent reasons for the greater number of thefts (especially when the older parts go for a more lucrative price). On another note, I found this post via your RSS feed before it popped up on the filtsai.com front page. It still doesn't come up there as of this comment.
Submitted by Dan on 06/04/2008 05:51 PM

Yeah, I just added a draft mode feature so I can stage posts and I hadn't gotten to the RSS feed yet.
Submitted by filbert on 06/04/2008 07:22 PM

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