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(Yahoo)   The top 10 stolen automobiles....you will wonder why the top one would want to be stolen so much   (autos.yahoo.com) divider line 102
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2012-08-21 04:20:01 PM
I don't. It's that type of thinking which led that car to be in the #1 spot.

I don't need to lock or install a security system in my 1994 Honda Accord. No one in their right mind would steal this car!"
 
2012-08-21 04:24:33 PM
One word: parts

Stealing intact auto-mobile is way too risky and no where near as profitable as stealing a car and parting it out. Since Honda's were once the best selling car in the world it makes sense there are a lot of them needing replacement parts.
 
2012-08-21 04:30:38 PM

Magorn: One word: parts



Bingo! My parents' '88 Accord was almost stolen from an airport parking lot back when I was in high school.

/Looked like a grizzly had ripped apart the steering column.
//Cool story bro.
 
2012-08-21 04:48:11 PM
Glad to see the thread is complete last one out turn off the lights. really all you need to do is just put anything pre-2005ish on any of those cars and list would still be the same.
 
2012-08-21 04:48:12 PM
I have a 2001 Honda Civic I picked up as an extra car for $1500. The key to keeping it out of the hands of thieves is to really let it look like shiat. This thing has dents, scratches and what looks like bullet holes (rivet holes where they pulled out a dent.) 

I even have it so it burns through oil like crazy and the Check Engine light is always on.
 
2012-08-21 04:57:30 PM
 
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2012-08-21 05:16:53 PM
I know what airbags are often theft targets, since they're apparently pretty expensive.
 
2012-08-21 05:22:55 PM

Magorn: One word: parts



Yep.  These are all ultra-reliable cars that are quite a bit old.  Probably hard to find parts for the car, but they're cars that are worth fixing because they'll live for decades.
 
2012-08-21 05:46:54 PM
I had a 1994 Accord, and yes, it was stolen twice.
 
2012-08-21 05:54:50 PM
We're not on the list of common people problems.
 
2012-08-21 05:56:44 PM
I have a 1992 Accord and it has never been stolen, also it looks like shiat.
 
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2012-08-21 05:57:55 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I have a 2001 Honda Civic I picked up as an extra car for $1500. The key to keeping it out of the hands of thieves is to really let it look like shiat. This thing has dents, scratches and what looks like bullet holes (rivet holes where they pulled out a dent.) 

I even have it so it burns through oil like crazy and the Check Engine light is always on.


QFT
 
2012-08-21 05:59:11 PM
So no one wants my Yugo?
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2012-08-21 05:59:17 PM
#3 on the list woo...oh.
 
2012-08-21 05:59:55 PM
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Tata Nano.

The least stolen car.
 
2012-08-21 06:00:11 PM
I keep my 1997 Geo Prizm unwashed and messy.

It's to prevent theft.

Yes, that's the only reason.
 
2012-08-21 06:00:25 PM

cig-mkr: So no one wants my Yugo?
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well, i'm sure i can find some guys who'll use it for target practice
 
2012-08-21 06:00:49 PM
Funny, I am texting this message from a stolen '94 Accord right now.
 
2012-08-21 06:02:37 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I have a 2001 Honda Civic I picked up as an extra car for $1500. The key to keeping it out of the hands of thieves is to really let it look like shiat. This thing has dents, scratches and what looks like bullet holes (rivet holes where they pulled out a dent.) 

I even have it so it burns through oil like crazy and the Check Engine light is always on.


Those are standard features on Ford products.
 
2012-08-21 06:03:18 PM
They're stolen because its easy to do so or they have a high resale value or parts that are valuable or hard to find. Chrysler cars were so easy to steal, the dealership should have just given out screwdrivers instead of keys to start them.
 
2012-08-21 06:04:46 PM
A lot of trucks, somebody must be moving.
 
2012-08-21 06:05:41 PM
The Accord, if I'm not mistaken, is one of those cars that is popular among street racers for "tricking out". I'm guessing that has something to do with it.


Now it's time for CSB:
A bunch of years ago, my buddy had his Lexus stolen (for the 2nd time). About a week or so after this happened, I got a collect phone call from prison, from a guy whose last name was extremely close to mine. I knew the guy. So I accepted the charges, thinking a friend was in trouble.

The guy proceeds to ask to speak to my wife... It was then that all the pieces of the puzzle fell together.
This was no random call. My buddy left his Palm Pilot in the glove box when his car was stolen. The guy who stole the car, still had the Pilot. The names he was reading from the address book were right on top of each other in alphabetical order.

I still curse my buddy for not securing other people's information better than that, for one thing. For another - DON'T leave shiat like that unattended in a car that had already been stolen once before - did I mention this was the second time his car was stolen?
 
2012-08-21 06:05:53 PM
sure, a car divided into parts is worth so much more money. this is true for every car pretty much ever made. but a 1994 car is old and worn out! who wants parts from a car that has 150K miles on it? this does not make sense. or i should say: i do not understand.
 
2012-08-21 06:06:52 PM

NutznGum: They're stolen because its easy to do so or they have a high resale value or parts that are valuable or hard to find. Chrysler cars were so easy to steal, the dealership should have just given out screwdrivers instead of keys to start them.


I've only had one car stolen and it was an older Volvo that was hideous but had original parts and hubcaps. I'm sure a certain wrecking yard would have been happy for an early morning delivery.
 
2012-08-21 06:07:15 PM

KrispyKritter: sure, a car divided into parts is worth so much more money. this is true for every car pretty much ever made. but a 1994 car is old and worn out! who wants parts from a car that has 150K miles on it? this does not make sense. or i should say: i do not understand.


They're not reselling the ball joints. :/
 
2012-08-21 06:07:24 PM
3. 2006 Ford F-150

I guess I'll have to check when I get home to see if it has been stolen today.
 
2012-08-21 06:09:06 PM

durbnpoisn: The Accord, if I'm not mistaken, is one of those cars that is popular among street racers for "tricking out". I'm guessing that has something to do with it.


Now it's time for CSB:
A bunch of years ago, my buddy had his Lexus stolen (for the 2nd time). About a week or so after this happened, I got a collect phone call from prison, from a guy whose last name was extremely close to mine. I knew the guy. So I accepted the charges, thinking a friend was in trouble.

The guy proceeds to ask to speak to my wife... It was then that all the pieces of the puzzle fell together.
This was no random call. My buddy left his Palm Pilot in the glove box when his car was stolen. The guy who stole the car, still had the Pilot. The names he was reading from the address book were right on top of each other in alphabetical order.

I still curse my buddy for not securing other people's information better than that, for one thing. For another - DON'T leave shiat like that unattended in a car that had already been stolen once before - did I mention this was the second time his car was stolen?


How did he get a palm pilot in prison? Did he store it up his ass?
 
2012-08-21 06:10:02 PM
And don't forget Antique Bondo in these cars. The bondo is carefully removed, refurbishing according to a secret formula, and ends up in blow-up, life sized sex dolls.
 
2012-08-21 06:11:16 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I have a 2001 Honda Civic I picked up as an extra car for $1500. The key to keeping it out of the hands of thieves is to really let it look like shiat. This thing has dents, scratches and what looks like bullet holes (rivet holes where they pulled out a dent.) 

I even have it so it burns through oil like crazy and the Check Engine light is always on.


I have a 1990 Camry, purchased from a good friend of the family, which is well loved but has plenty of dents and scratches and, yes, rust. I never did bother to paint over the primer on the hood. Those spots are getting rusty again, too. She is not what you would call a "pretty" car. On your advice, guess I'll keep not doing what I'm not doing, i.e., keeping her working but not worrying about the body.

And yeah, she eats oil. Yay?
 
2012-08-21 06:11:39 PM
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2012-08-21 06:13:10 PM

loonatic112358: cig-mkr: So no one wants my Yugo?
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well, i'm sure i can find some guys who'll use it for target practice


But I just doubled the value of the Yugo, I filled the gas tank.
 
2012-08-21 06:16:08 PM
Nothing European . . . Hmmmm.

Must be something to that Japanese junk.

/easy to steal maybe.
 
2012-08-21 06:16:15 PM

cig-mkr: loonatic112358: cig-mkr: So no one wants my Yugo?
[images.amazon.com image 320x213]

well, i'm sure i can find some guys who'll use it for target practice

But I just doubled the value of the Yugo, I filled the gas tank.


Does it have one of those little tree air fresheners?
 
2012-08-21 06:17:44 PM
Speaking of easy to steal ... I have noticed that in new Chrysler Corp. four-doors, the lock button for the back door is at the rear of the door, quite visible right next to a small fixed piece of glass. This would seem to be a serious design flaw, as it would be quick & easy to pop out that fixed glass and lift the button - certainly easier than if the lock were on the side door panel or something. Comments, Mr. Chrysler???

BTW, I'm happy to see my 1996 Stratus appears to be unwanted.
 
2012-08-21 06:18:38 PM

KrispyKritter: sure, a car divided into parts is worth so much more money. this is true for every car pretty much ever made. but a 1994 car is old and worn out! who wants parts from a car that has 150K miles on it? this does not make sense. or i should say: i do not understand.



Well, like I said... its a very reliable car.  So presumably there are a lot of them still out there.  And its an old car, so parts are probably hard to find.  Put those things together and it makes sense.
 
Also, not every part of the car wears down.  In fact, most of the car doesn't wear down really.  There are only so many "points of failure".
 
I'm sure the quarter panels, for example, are worth tons.  How many of them are legitimately in stock?
 
Hub caps, seat belt connectors, the list goes on...
 
 
 
 
 
2012-08-21 06:22:17 PM
I own an example of #7.
It has 170K+ miles, rusted rocker panels, the A/C compressor hasn't worked for a couple years, it slowly burns oil and slowly drips antifreeze.
I did some stupid stuff with it and I worked it hard.
The driver's seat is the most comfortable I have ever sat in.
A few more years of payments on my wife's CR-V and I'll shed a tear when I replace that truck.
 
2012-08-21 06:26:46 PM
I don't think this list includes rental cars - people will rent cars, usually SUV's, with stolen credit cards and fake ID's and then ship them overseas to places like Nigeria.
 
2012-08-21 06:29:47 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: cig-mkr: loonatic112358: cig-mkr: So no one wants my Yugo?
[images.amazon.com image 320x213]

well, i'm sure i can find some guys who'll use it for target practice

But I just doubled the value of the Yugo, I filled the gas tank.

Does it have one of those little tree air fresheners?


How you know dat?
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2012-08-21 06:31:33 PM
I understand why Accords -- being really common -- are commonly stolen. But why the 1994 Accord specifically? I notice that 1995 and 1993 aren't represented on the list. What's up with that year?
 
2012-08-21 06:31:52 PM
On the way home from purchasing my new 2001 Civic, I bought a super-deluxe Club for the steering wheel. 11 years later I still use it every time I park. If anything, that Club is more useful now than when the car was new.
 
2012-08-21 06:31:52 PM

KrispyKritter: sure, a car divided into parts is worth so much more money. this is true for every car pretty much ever made. but a 1994 car is old and worn out! who wants parts from a car that has 150K miles on it? this does not make sense. or i should say: i do not understand.


Believe me, some of those parts with 150,000 cars have far better parts than the parts they replace in the 300,000+ cars. My son's 1996 Accord had about 386,000 on it (that's Km, not miles) and he bought parts stripped from 150,000 cars all the time. Cheap, and depending on the part, relatively low mileage. Also, easy to replace broken gloveboxes, broken consoles, sometimes seats ... doors, quarter panels, all kinds of stuff.

I understand the mid '90s Hondas are really easy to steal, and that they are also stolen frequently as throw away cars for the commissions of other crimes. (Best to keep your real car in the garage!!).
 
2012-08-21 06:35:38 PM

MonkeyAngst: I understand why Accords -- being really common -- are commonly stolen. But why the 1994 Accord specifically? I notice that 1995 and 1993 aren't represented on the list. What's up with that year?


Yeah, that's what I want to know too.
 
2012-08-21 06:37:20 PM
YES!!! two cars in the top 10. Accord and a 2006 F150!
 
2012-08-21 06:38:04 PM
Let me guess... Civic, Accord, or Camry. {checks link}

Wow, three of the top four. It's because car thieves are looking to offload the car so it can be dismantled and the parts sold on the black market. They aren't keeping it to drive around, they're doing it for money. The parts in these cars are very common, not only because the cars are big sellers, but because other cars use the same parts, so there's a high demand for them. Also, a Camry doesn't turn heads like a Lotus, so you won't have a huge trail of witnesses to help guide police.
 
2012-08-21 06:39:45 PM

Chinchillazilla: MonkeyAngst: I understand why Accords -- being really common -- are commonly stolen. But why the 1994 Accord specifically? I notice that 1995 and 1993 aren't represented on the list. What's up with that year?

Yeah, that's what I want to know too.


Doing some speculating here. The one fact is that 1994 was the first year of the 5th generation. Maybe there were more 5th generation cars than previous, especially during the first year of the run, and the newer generations may still be too new to have lots of failing parts.
 
2012-08-21 06:43:02 PM
Heh - #5 is 2000 Dodge Caravan. I wish someone would steal ours . . .
 
2012-08-21 06:44:55 PM
With all the advances in car alarms and locks, why has the rate of stolen cars hardly dropped?
 
2012-08-21 06:49:34 PM
Somehow I'm happy to see the '98 civic in number 2. I bought mine new and still drive it today, just hit 227,000 miles last week. It has never broken down.
 
2012-08-21 06:51:10 PM
The best thing about the new security systems is that it stops the local yobbos from touching the dog's arse.
 
2012-08-21 06:51:32 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: The key to keeping it out of the hands of thieves is to really let it look like shiat. This thing has dents, scratches and what looks like bullet holes (rivet holes where they pulled out a dent.)  only buy cars with manual transmissions because thieves don't know how to drive them.


FTFY
 
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