Why Thieves Love Crappy Old Cars - Toyota Parts Blog
You might think that the most stolen car is the 2012 Toyota Camry because it’s the best selling car in America.
The reality is that you have to go back a few decades to find the most stolen car in America. According to Forbes, here are the top 10 most stolen vehicles in 2011.
- 1994 Honda Accord midsize
- 1998 Honda Civic compact
- 2006 Ford F-150 pickup
- 1991 Toyota Camry midsize
- 2000 Dodge Caravan minivan
- 1994 Acura Integra compact
- 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
- 2004 Dodge Ram pickup
- 2002 Ford Explorer SUV
- 1994 Nissan Sentra compact
So why do thieves like cars from the Clinton administration? The answer it simple… parts.
As vehicles get older, it sometimes gets harder to find parts for them. Thieves can make some nice money by stealing older cars, tearing them apart and selling the parts.
If you have an older vehicle, follow these tips to protect it.
- Lock your doors – Just because your car is old doesn’t mean it’s not a target. Keep your doors locked.
- Get a security system – If your vehicle came with a security system, make sure it’s in good working order. If you don’t have one, you might want to invest in a wheel lock. You can find out more by reading our post Anti-Theft Systems: A Great Safety Feature or Just Hype?
- Park in visible areas – Park your car in high-traffic, well-lighted areas to prevent people from stealing your vehicle.
These are just a few ways to protect your vehicle. If you’re having trouble finding parts, consider an online seller like Toyota Parts Center. We specialize in selling Toyota OEM parts for models going back to the 1990s. Find out more at Parts.olathetoyota.com.