Does Your Vehicle Make the 2011 Most Stolen Cars List?

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There are a lot of “top 10” lists people would like to be a part of, but one list no one wants to be a part of is the most stolen cars list. Unfortunately, if you own certain older-model vehicles, you are indeed part of the club.

Unfortunately, having your vehicle stolen can not only leave you without transportation, but it can have a huge impact on your ability to obtain low cost auto insurance. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of auto theft ever occurring.

2011 Most Stolen Cars List Released

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its most stolen cars list for 2011, also known as the “Hot Wheels” report, on Monday. Here’s the full list of top vehicles stolen last year:

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
  4. 1991 Toyota Camry
  5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  6. 1994 Acura Integra
  7. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
  8. 2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1994 Nissan Sentra

According to the report, the ease of breaking into these vehicles is a huge part of the incentive for stealing them. Also, thieves are enticed by the possibility of using them as transportation or selling them for parts.

Protect Your Car to Get Low Cost Auto Insurance

Many people don’t realize that having their vehicle stolen can result in losing low cost auto insurance coverage. But each time you file an auto insurance claim with your company, it is likely to increase your auto insurance rates because the company is paying out money to settle the claim, and now views your vehicle as high-risk.

So for your benefit, it’s a good idea to take as many steps as possible to avoid having your car stolen:

  • Purchase anti-theft protection: A great way to protect your vehicle from theft is to purchase an anti-theft device. You can buy an alarm that sounds when someone approaches your car, a kill switch that shuts a part of your engine off if started without a key, or a steering wheel locking device like “The Club” that prevents thieves from driving the car.
  • Park in well-lit areas: Always park your car in open parking lots, or near sidewalks and walkways, as opposed to near dumpsters or large trucks, to deter thieves from approaching your car.
  • Lock your doors and hide your goods: Many thieves assume car owners leave their doors unlocked and pull handles to be sure. While it may seem obvious, always be sure to lock your doors and roll up your windows. Also, be sure to hide enticing items that could encourage a thief to attempt a break-in.

Of course, there is no surefire way to avoid having your car stolen, especially if it is one that is often targeted on most stolen cars list by thieves. But if you take the above steps, you can certainly decrease the likelihood of this illegal act occurring and hopefully hold onto low cost auto insurance moving forward.

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