Imports top most-stolen list

Imports top most-stolen list

Used import vehicles have topped the list of the country’s most stolen vehicles.

Just three of the badges named in the list released from AA Insurance’s claim details are found on New Zealand new models.

The Honda Torneo topped the most frequently stolen list for the fourth consecutive year.

Top 10 Stolen Cars (Source: AA Insurance claims data May 2011 – April 2015)
1. Honda Torneo
2. Mazda Familia
3. Subaru Impreza
4. Mitsubishi Libero
5. Nissan Safari
6. Honda Integra
7. Subaru Forester
8. Nissan Stagea
9. Mazda Atenza
10. Mazda Premacy

“It’s not that there are more Honda Torneos on the road than any other car,” explains Amelia Macandrew, customer relations manager, AA Insurance. “It’s the probability of them being stolen that’s far greater than any other car we insure.”

The Subaru Impreza also remains a target, despite being bumped to third place by the Mazda Familia. Other Mazda models, Atenza and Premacy, clung to ninth and tenth places while the Mazda MPV didn’t feature at all this year.

Nissan models continued to jostle, with new entries Safari and Stagea pushing Cefiro and Sunny off the list altogether.

According to the company, 92% of theft claims for models in the top 10 list were for cars manufactured more than ten years ago. The average value of a stolen vehicle claim from the top 10 list is $5,120.

“If you own a newer model of car on the list though, don’t be unnecessarily alarmed,” Macandrew says. “Newer models tend to have more sophisticated security systems that help prevent theft; however owners should not be complacent.”

Despite vehicle theft remaining a concern, numbers have been relatively consistent over the past three years. New Zealand Police crime statistics report that there were 49,121 motor vehicle thefts and related offences in 2014, compared to 48,375 in 2013, 49,935 in 2012.

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