You wouldn't suspect that your fifteen year old car would be a hot commodity, but older used cars were the most stolen last year. If it was a popular brand and make, and older than ten years old, chances are good they were ripped from used car lots and driveways alike.
You might think that new cars for sale would be more attractive to car thieves. Brand new and shiny no miles on it yes its worth more. But those new cars for sale are often more difficult to steal, and more take some degree of skill and updated knowledge to steal.
No the popular cars stolen are popular used cars that are easy to steal. Cheap cars that people might leave the keys in or the doors unlocked. Cars that won't complain with a few crossed wires and a little elbow grease. Like a 94 Accord, 95 Civic, or 91 Camry.
Those maybe the top three stolen cars, but you would be surprised at how many cheap used trucks made the list. The 99 Silverado, 99 Sierra, 97 F150, 04 Ram all made the list as well. Their age is a bit of a surprise as well, all ranges you might find on a used car search engine.
One wonders where you can find such a bevy of old cars to even steal at those ages. Used car lots can only hold so many cheap cars that might interest thieves after all, where do they get the rest? At some point finding the car should overcome the ease of stealing it you would think.
Maybe thieves troll the used car search engine for the same reasons we do. To find all the cheap used trucks. But if that beat up car or truck in your driveway is older than ten years old and was mentioned in this list, think twice before you leave the key in the visor. One mans trash is still another mans treasure. Especially if it's free for the taking.