Older cars stolen more easily

Older cars stolen more easily

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AA Insurance has announced the 10 most stolen cars, based on its own claims data, and the Honda Torneo has again made it to the top after debuting on the list in 2010.

This is the third consecutive yearn which the Torneo has topped the top ten most stolen cars list.

The Subaru Impreza also continues to be a target, retaining its second place spot since last year. However other Subaru models, Forester and Legacy, have been jostled down the list by new Mazda entries, Premacy and Familia, while the Atenza climbed four places into sixth position. Nissan models also prove a favourite with thieves, with the Cefiro and Sunny making the list once again however, the Nissan Skyline and Honda Integra were both pushed off.

Top 10 Stolen Cars (Source: AA Insurance claims data 1 May 2010 – 30 April 2014)
1. Honda Torneo
2. Subaru Impreza
3. Mazda Premacy
4. Mazda Familia
5. Subaru Forester
6. Mazda Atenza
7. Subaru Legacy
8. Mazda MPV
9. Nissan Sunny
10. Nissan Cefiro

The average value of a stolen vehicle claim from the top 10 list is $4,977.

Owners of newer models of cars on the list should not be unnecessarily alarmed, as thieves prefer older vehicles because they tend to have less sophisticated security features and are often easier to steal.

AA Insurance has found that 92% of theft claims for models in the top 10 list were for cars manufactured more than 10 years ago.

According to AA Insurance claims data, a car manufactured before 2000 is over four times as likely to be stolen as a car manufactured from 2005 onwards.

“New Zealand has a large number of ageing, imported cars, and our claims show that older models, which have less-advanced or no security features than newer vehicles, are easy targets for thieves,” says Head of Customer Relations, AA Insurance Suzanne Wolton.

“Whether your car is an older import or not, there are some simple things you can do to make your car less attractive to thieves,” says Wolton. “Install an alarm, a steering lock or consider an immobiliser and make sure it’s in view.”

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