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6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
National Top 10 Thefts by Vehicle
Source.
Name/Model

Rank / Vehicle  / Model Year Stolen / Totals
1 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 2006 38,938
2 Honda Civic 2000 33,220
3 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full 2004 32,583
4 Honda Accord 1997 30,745
5 Toyota Camry 2007 15,656
6 Nissan Altima 2015 13,355
7 Toyota Corolla 2018 12,137
8 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size) 2001 11,292
9 GMC Pick-Up (Full Size) 2018 11,164
10 Honda CR-V 2001 10,094
 
6 days ago  
Is this a list of most popular cars in america?
 
6 days ago  

SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars


Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla
 
6 days ago  

edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla


I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


Definitely most do not. I bought an F-150 because I was buying a camper trailer. I have since remodeled two houses so I've really gotten good use out of it hauling stuff from the lumber yard.

I hate it in the winter. Skids around uselessly and I don't dare take it off road. I miss my SUVs of old.
 
6 days ago  

edmo: Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think

Definitely most do not. I bought an F-150 because I was buying a camper trailer. I have since remodeled two houses so I've really gotten good use out of it hauling stuff from the lumber yard.

I hate it in the winter. Skids around uselessly and I don't dare take it off road. I miss my SUVs of old.


I had one because I needed it to tow a 30' travel trailer.  When I sold the trailer, I sold the truck.  I do miss it sometimes, but I didn't use it enough to keep it.
 
6 days ago  

Unobtanium: National Top 10 Thefts by Vehicle
Source.
Name/Model

Rank / Vehicle  / Model Year Stolen / Totals
1 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 2006 38,938
2 Honda Civic 2000 33,220
3 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full 2004 32,583
4 Honda Accord 1997 30,745
5 Toyota Camry 2007 15,656
6 Nissan Altima 2015 13,355
7 Toyota Corolla 2018 12,137
8 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size) 2001 11,292
9 GMC Pick-Up (Full Size) 2018 11,164
10 Honda CR-V 2001 10,094


Isn't that just a list of the best selling cars?
 
6 days ago  

Unobtanium: National Top 10 Thefts by Vehicle
Source.
Name/Model

Rank / Vehicle  / Model Year Stolen / Totals
1 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 2006 38,938
2 Honda Civic 2000 33,220
3 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full 2004 32,583
4 Honda Accord 1997 30,745
5 Toyota Camry 2007 15,656
6 Nissan Altima 2015 13,355
7 Toyota Corolla 2018 12,137
8 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size) 2001 11,292
9 GMC Pick-Up (Full Size) 2018 11,164
10 Honda CR-V 2001 10,094


That's a lot of damn theivery...
 
6 days ago  
Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.
 
6 days ago  
They need to put this in perspective by looking at how many of each model are involved in accidents, and how many were purchased by people who couldn't make the payments.
 
6 days ago  
wait, I haven't visited my car in months. I wonder if it's still out there?

It is. The thieves found your battery dead when they tried to take it.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


I'll add another anecdote: I had a Mazda truck that I used to move my stuff across the country a few times.  I also loved it when it was time to pick up gardening supplies or take stuff to the dump.  As another poster noted, it sucked in the winter and would fishtail like crazy unless I engaged the 4WD.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


I don't know, but I love it.  What it means to me is that the two or three times a year I can use a pickup truck, there's no shortage of people I can borrow one from.
 
6 days ago  

bingethinker: Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.


They steal them because it's easy to do so.  The thieves aren't looking for day to day transportation.  They are parting them out, selling them on the black market, or simply going from point A to point B and dumping them.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


It's really simple:

1) big motor with lots of torque
2) plenty of interior room
3) plenty of storage
4) modern trucks drive like cars
5) more value for your dollar than cars
6) great residual value
7) better potential longevity

Frankly, the full-size pickup is the closest thing we have to the traditional body on frame sedans.

I mean, you can get a pickup with a V8, or you can get a car with a cramped back seat and a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder. Pretty obvious which is going to win if you have the space to park it.
 
6 days ago  
I'm more interested in a list that does number of car thefts divided by number of that car still registered and on the road.
 
6 days ago  

edmo: Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think

Definitely most do not. I bought an F-150 because I was buying a camper trailer. I have since remodeled two houses so I've really gotten good use out of it hauling stuff from the lumber yard.

I hate it in the winter. Skids around uselessly and I don't dare take it off road. I miss my SUVs of old.


Snow tires, plus 4wd, plus ballast.
 
6 days ago  

bingethinker: Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.


Parts is parts
 
6 days ago  

Maybe you should drive: Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think

I don't know, but I love it.  What it means to me is that the two or three times a year I can use a pickup truck, there's no shortage of people I can borrow one from.


Where I live, it looks like most pickups are either substitute trash cans, substitute can/bottle recycling drop-offs, or penis substitutes.
 
6 days ago  

gar1013: bingethinker: Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.

Parts is parts


Sometimes ease of stealing will skew the list. I don't know if that's that's actually with a 2000 Civic, but it's possible.
 
6 days ago  

gar1013: edmo: Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think

Definitely most do not. I bought an F-150 because I was buying a camper trailer. I have since remodeled two houses so I've really gotten good use out of it hauling stuff from the lumber yard.

I hate it in the winter. Skids around uselessly and I don't dare take it off road. I miss my SUVs of old.

Snow tires, plus 4wd, plus ballast.


a few hundred pounds over the rear axle makes all the difference.
 
6 days ago  

gar1013: bingethinker: Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.

Parts is parts


Okay, but who needs parts for a 1996-2000 Civic? There aren't that many left on the road.
 
6 days ago  
Parts man
 
6 days ago  

bingethinker: Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.


I had a Cutlass Calais that was repeatedly broken into back in the early 2000s. Turns out there was a rash of smash and grabs in older cars in the area.

As for Hondas- they're coveted mostly because they are good cars that pretty much never die, according to my mechanic. Ymmv, literally and figuratively.
 
6 days ago  
Most stolen vehicles that police recover are actaully cars purchased as gifts for the driver by a significant other, but never registered in drivers name.  Relationship breaks up and the owner reports it as stolen.  Sometimes the vehicles are not even gifts.  Boyfriend has much better credit than girlfriend, so they buy it in his name but she makes all the payments.

The most common car thefts tend to be insurance jobs.  Vehicle is stolen by joy rider who then wrecks or sets vehicle on fire but it turns out they ate three payments behind but the insurance is all paid up.
 
6 days ago  
[whew] my 98 Escort wagon is safe once again.

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Ok, no self-respecting car thief would be seen dead driving one, but that is an entirely different issue.
 
6 days ago  
I don't hate trucks or the people who buy them I just hate that they make trucks that you can't lay flat a 6' ladder in the bed.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


Raises hand.   We use ours a lot, lot, lot for our business, commercial fishing.   I had a Saab 9-3 that we both loved, and while it had a big trunk, it wouldn't hold a 70' shrimp net or several heavy, large Dungeness pots, or be able to haul a 20' foot trailer stacked with pots.   One of the reasons we have 4 WD is because of the muddy rutted country road our gear shed is at.

Or right now, as we are rebuilding the front of the house, hauling cement, lots of lumber, etc.

It's just a Toyota Tacoma.  Great truck.    We decided, because we live in a small town that we didn't need the second car.  Even as the truck is now 8 1/2 years old it just this past week passed 51K.  That includes trips to Seattle with the prop(Screw) in the bed of the truck to get it worked on...and the eastern Oregon hunting trips.

Before the Saab, I owned an '89 Camry.   Loved that car, great car, but I found out that at the time it was the most stolen car...after mine got stolen.  :)
 
6 days ago  

gar1013: edmo: Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think

Definitely most do not. I bought an F-150 because I was buying a camper trailer. I have since remodeled two houses so I've really gotten good use out of it hauling stuff from the lumber yard.

I hate it in the winter. Skids around uselessly and I don't dare take it off road. I miss my SUVs of old.

Snow tires, plus 4wd, plus ballast.


Large size tire inner tube filled with river sand.
Or
Salvage yard, look for 1/2" steel plate.

Both weigh down the back end just the right amount.
 
6 days ago  
What does that work out to in "thefts per 100,000 registrations"?  That's the meaningful statistic here.
 
6 days ago  
Back in the 90's auction yards were full of theft recovery Nissan pickup trucks. It's no surprise that not many people have bothered trying to keep those things on the road.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


why buy a car that has more than one maybe two seats?  Most of the time the other seats are empty.
 
6 days ago  
This just in.  People steal cars that are easy to steal and plentiful.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


Driving to the Wal-Mart and scratching other cars while trying to park.
 
6 days ago  
I have an F150 Super Crew Lariat.... Great for the family and hauling things....
 
6 days ago  
My cars all have had standard transmissions.

Never stolen.
 
6 days ago  

bingethinker: Why are people stealing 20 year old Civics? They were nice cars, but they're rusted to shiat by now.


They don't steal them for joyrides. They steal them so chop shops can sell parts to shady mechanics and fix their customers' cars.

On a brighter note, at least thieves are jacking American now.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


How many people ask to borrow your minivan?
 
6 days ago  

God--: I have an F150 Super Crew Lariat.... Great for the family and hauling things....


To be honest, I truly hate the newer 5-150s.   We had to take the Toyota to the bodyshop for several days (parking lots full of trucks owned by fishermen is always a crapshoot))....we got a brand new F-150 as the rental/loaner from the insurance company.  God, what the hell is that giant "console thing"...hated it, hated it hated it.   The only thing we did like was the back-up camera with the lines indicating the turn.

We had a great little F-150 4WD, an '89.  Still had the bench seat.   Lot's of fun, though a bear on the long freeway trips, teeth jarring.   But still fun to drive, it was a manual.
 
6 days ago  
Dammit, my car is still in my garage - and it's fully insured.  Someone please steal it!

I'm getting a kick out of this article because one day at work I was parked next to my boss's brand new F150.  Guess whose vehicle got stolen.
 
6 days ago  
Damn, Becky. Look at the bed on that pickup truck. I bet an inchworm has three inches on the driver.
 
6 days ago  
Subby, if you really haven't visited your car in months, you might want to go start it and drive it a bit. The battery could be dead, the tires could be flatspotted, and the gas may have gone bad.

Cars are meant to be driven. Having them sit for extended periods of time is hard on them.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


You haul stuff in them. If it fits, it ships.
 
6 days ago  

Gubbo: I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think


I bought my Tacoma for its 4-wheel drive capability, not for the pickup thing.  I may drop a shell on it it.  Haven't decided, yet.
 
6 days ago  

edmo: Gubbo: edmo: SpockYouOut: list of most popular cars

Edmunds data from 2019

National sales
1. Ford F-Series
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Ram 1500/2500/3500
4. Toyota RAV4
5. Honda CR-V
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevrolet Equinox
8. Toyota Camry
9. Honda Accord
10. Toyota Corolla

I will never understand the american fascination with pickup trucks.

What % of owners actually use them for their intended purposes do you think

Definitely most do not. I bought an F-150 because I was buying a camper trailer. I have since remodeled two houses so I've really gotten good use out of it hauling stuff from the lumber yard.

I hate it in the winter. Skids around uselessly and I don't dare take it off road. I miss my SUVs of old.


Pick three or 600 lb of sand in the back, bags of course

you can also use it to gain traction if you're stuck
 
6 days ago  
I loved my 95' F-150.  I bought it for $1,000 in 2008, put $1000 into it, and sold it in 2011 for $1,000.  I only had a 7 mile commute.  Weighted down the back with sandbags in the winter.
 
6 days ago  
Adjust for handling I may have the weights wrong 150 Might do it
 
6 days ago  
Re: Subby mentioning if it's still there:
1989: Tired of commuting and then hunting for a parking place. Sold suburban home and bought a small condo in downtown San Diego just as the rebuilding/gentrification was starting in one of the very first buildings. Just a two block walk from the then new-ish Tijuana Trolly. Only line then ran from Downtown past 32nd St Naval Station to Tijuana border crossing. Every month the Navy would issue a Rec Pass that was good for various things (canoe rentals, etc...) and it paid for my monthly Trolley Pass (good on the busses, too).

I discovered I really liked living in Downtown SD. Not only was commuting to the Base easy, coming home I could just get off one stop early, walk through Downtown to get groceries or whatever (the Rancho Market at Horton Plaza also delivered my groceries to my building lobby 3 blocks away). I used my car less and less. During the almost 7 years I lived there, I drove an average of just under 3k miles/yr. No reason to trade in the car, so no new car payments. In fact, a few times I forgot to start the car at least once/wk and the battery needed a jump. I learned to ask AAA to send the "low" truck so it could enter the underbuilding parking garage.

When I retired and finally went to college on the GI Bill, I moved away but kept the condo as a rental, the idea being to return to SD after college but plans changed. I still have the condo but have kept it rented to a series of widows who may die on me but never cause trouble. All the walking in Downtown SD kept me in pretty good shape and I really did like the way I lived then. My car was a 1985 Toyota MR2 which was a great car for commuting before I moved there and an excellent car for urban living: two small trunks (front & back) held everything I would buy or take with on weekend trips, great on gas, easy to park. I kept it until it finally burned on it's way to a garage to check on the "Check Engine" light in 2002. Still miss it. I replaced it with a 2003 Nissan Frontier  stick pickup and kept it until 2016 when I had to stop driving and we reduced to a one-car family.

Subby wrote of checking on his car and I remembered forgetting to check on mine at least once a week then having to call for a jump from AAA. So many people find it odd in CA to have someone who used their car so seldom it wouldn't start from having sat idle for too long. Just not a typical CA experience except maybe in SFO/OAK area.
 
6 days ago  

Dewey Fidalgo: We use ours a lot, lot, lot for our business, commercial fishing
...
Or right now, as we are rebuilding the front of the house, hauling cement, lots of lumber, etc.
...
Even as the truck is now 8 1/2 years old it just this past week passed 51K.


I'm guessing that's a typo? I've done more than 51k in the past 12 months.
 
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