Car thief wish list insurance answer

Which vehicle is first choice of a car thief?

The 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door is number one. If you own one of these vehicles, be sure to have a good anti-theft device installed. Keeping it in the garage at night is also a deterrent.

Some of the higher end vehicles in this list have caused some concern about who is stealing the vehicles. Organized crime will target the higher end vehicles, for possible resale after amending the vehicle identification number (VIN), run them through a chop shop (stripping the vehicle for the component parts), or even shipping them overseas. Your ordinary thief will steal a vehicle to use it for immediate transportation, or for transportation when committing a robbery or some such crime. Sometimes, the single thief will even strip a vehicle to sell the parts.

The top ten most popular vehicles for theft are:

1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door

2. 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4-door AWD

3. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door

4. 2006 Chevrolet/GMC Trailblazer SS 4-door 4WD

5. 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4-door AWD

6. 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4-door AWD

7. 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2-door

8. 2000 Audi S4 Quattro 4-door

9. 2006 Hummer H2 4-door AWD

10. 2005 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD

Some of the vehicles that are being stolen now, include some four-wheel drive units like the Toyota RAV4, BMW X6 and Lexus RX350. There is a big market for these stolen vehicles overseas. The Middle East, Eastern Europe and Dubai, Ghana, Lebanon and Nigeria have many ready buyers, who will not question the legality of the transaction. Since so many stolen vehicles are being shipped overseas, this affects the recovery rate overall.

If you are buying a used vehicle, then it is a good idea to check the VIN at your local registry office. If you do purchase a stolen vehicle. then eventually it should surface that your sale is not valid. You lose the vehicle. Your chance of getting any money back is slim. Buyer beware!