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Most-Stolen-Cars-750x420Every 44 seconds a car is stolen in the U.S. totaling an annual loss of $4 billion. In Florida the most popular car stolen is a full size Ford pick-up truck.

“Car thieves like to steal cars and car parts such as car batteries, catalytic converters and entrainment systems. Having comprehensive car insurance can help you sleep better at night because you know you are covered,” said Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau, (NICB), has come out with a list of the top new and used stolen cars in 2013. Surprisingly, they report that older cars are stolen more often than new cars for their parts. The stolen vehicles are taken to chop shops and disassembled. Their parts are then sold online or to shady auto dealers.

The 2013 top 10 list including all model years of vehicles stolen in the U.S.

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Chevrolet Silverado
  4. Ford F-150
  5. Toyota Camary
  6. Dodge Ram Pickup
  7. Dodge Caravan
  8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  9. Toyota Corolla
  10. Nissan Altima

The top 10 list of 2013 model vehicles most commonly taken during 2013 in the U.S.

  1. Nissan Altima
  2. Ford Fusion
  3. Ford F-150
  4. Toyota Corolla
  5. Chevrolet Impala
  6. Hyundai Elantra
  7. Dodge Charger
  8. Chevrolet Malibu
  9. Chevrolet Cruze
  10. Ford Focus

Stolen newer cars are sold intact with doctored paperwork. Higher end vehicles are often shipped abroad for resale. While luxury cars are not the most popular to be stolen, the ones most commonly taken include the Mercedes C Class, BMW 3 series and the Infiniti G.

The number of stolen cars has declined over the years. Officials believe it is due to tougher laws and improvements in car technology such as computer-chip-coded keys and built-in engine immobilizers making it more difficult to hotwire a car and drive away.

When it comes to protecting your car, the NICB suggests taking a layered approach to protection. Cars are often taken because owners make it easy for them, to be stolen.

  •         Lock your car, roll-up windows, close the sunroof and take your keys when you are leaving your vehicle unattended.
  •         Park in a garage instead of the driveway and keep your vehicle in a well-lit and visible area.
  •         An anti-theft device such as the “Club” will deter thieves and may get you a discount on your car insurance.
  •         Have and use a visible or audible warning device.
  •         An immobilizing device such as “kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are extremely effective.
  •         Tracking devices will emit a signal to the police, monitoring station or allow for remote monitoring when the vehicle is stolen. These devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles

Comprehensive car insurance can cover your vehicle in the event of a theft. If you are looking for peace of mind regarding your car contact GreatFlorida Insurance.

Our independent agents can help you find the right car insurance policy to cover theft and damage to your ride. Look us up online at www.greatflorida.com.

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Ellsworth Buck

Ellsworth Buck

Vice President
GreatFlorida Insurance

Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida.For more information visit: www.greatflorida.com

955 S Federal Hwy, Suite 101
Stuart, FL
34994

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