One of the key considerations the next time you’re considering buying a new car or used car should probably be how likely you are to find that some lowlife has decided to steal it from you. The insurance giant, the AA has released a list of cars that are most often stolen and it makes for harrowing reading if you happen to own one of the models featuring in the dubious top ten.
The Honda Torneo takes the top spot, followed very closely by Subaru and Nissan; with the second top spot taken by the Subaru Impreza. There are also a number of more recent models that have made the list including the MPV and Atenza from Mazda.
So what makes it more likely that your car will be stolen? It seems that the older the car is, the more likely it is that it will be easier to steal and therefore appeal to the car thieves. For example, if your car is over thirteen years old then it is over twice as likely to be taken without your consent.
The AA goes on to give further advice in that the addition of security features such as alarms, immobilisers and the like will further decrease your chances of waking up to find your wheels gone. This follows the simple premise that if a thief finds it more difficult to steal your car, he is likely to try and find an easier target.
Also where you live and where you keep your car parked are risk factors. In New Zealand your car is more likely to go missing if you live in the major cities; Auckland coming in at the top spot closely followed by other cities such as Wellington and Christchurch.
Sensible advice about where to park your car also features, including making sure it is in a well lit area and if parking in a car park, keeping it as close to an attended station as possible.