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Jul 9, 2014 11:03AM
Could it be these are the ten most stolen, because they're the ten most driven? Just a thought...
Jul 10, 2014 9:03AM
I knew I was lucky.... I have a Honda Pilot, guess even the thieves don't like them.  :)) 
Jul 10, 2014 9:49AM
Most driven and repaired...can sell parts fast.
Who in their right mind would steal a Kia? Seriously, the thieves can't be that desperate.
Jul 10, 2014 7:11PM

As a person with insight to why cars are stolen. The majority are stolen for parts, demand dictates any market including stolen cars.

Many things dictate the market, what is stolen in LA doesn't mean that is the same for Oregon or Texas, Oregon market has subaru on it's list of most stolen because people desire them in that area, or the auto companies flood that market with that vehicle in that area.

Texas, That area has mainly trucks on their top list, no big surprise there.

For the person that thinks BMW or other top end vehicles are a better bet because of security, lol, no, a professional thief has no problem relieving you of your Beemer or any other vehicle.

Again as market will bear, there are less high end so the need to steal them is less, especially in the midwest where they are few, but the SUV are there, hell everywhere so there is a larger market.

Not to go on, but most would be surprised at how flooded the market is with stolen parts.

Chances are, if your car is repaired after an accident half the parts come from a stolen stripped vehicle.

From wrecking yards who supply the majority of replacement parts, to repair shops themselves, it's very few who turn down the lure of the easy money involved, even if they simply don't inquire where the parts came from, to those who fully know.

Simple fact; if a thief wants your ride they will find a way,


Jul 18, 2014 5:01AM
Who in the h*ll wants to steal an GM product?
Jul 17, 2014 12:43PM

top 3 models are fords.   In high demand, or are the locking systems easiest to defeat?

I would believe that one of the reasons they are most stolen is because there are more of them out there to be stolen.

So the escape is the most stolen but the most recovered at the same time. sounds like an oxymoron statement.
Jul 17, 2014 9:34AM
I have not driven a new Escape but if the turboed versions are like the v6 I had in my 2001 it will spin the tires in 1st gear and the top speed will be over 120 mph the Escape and the old Mazda Tribute are one and the same Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. The turboed 2.0 with 231 hp is basically the same as the old Mazda 3 speed with less hp. Not a Focus ST but fairly quick.
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