The Most Stolen New And Used Cars

Better make sure your car insurance is paid up, and consider buying that car alarm if you own a 1997 Honda accord, as it was the most stolen car in America last year, according to the annual “Hot Wheels” list compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in Des Plaines, Ill.

The Most Stolen New And Used Cars

The Most Stolen New And Used Cars

Many of the most purloined rides are older models, mainly family sedans and pickup trucks, that had yet to include so-called “smart key” technology that prevents a car’s engine from starting unless it recognizes a computer chip embedded within a key or a keyless-start key fob.

And yet, the NICB reports, while the technology is effectively curbing vehicle thefts among later model cars, auto thefts have risen the last two years, in part because too many owners carelessly leave their vehicles parked unlocked – and with the keys or key fobs inside.

As it is, older high-volume cars like the above Accord, the Honda Civic and both Ford and Chevrolet pickup trucks, are taken more often than brand-new ones because they’re worth more than the sum of their parts, so to speak.