Anyone who has ever had their car stolen knows that it is a nightmare. Few, if any, stolen cars are ever recovered and the ensuing hassle with insurance companies can be awful. Yet car theft is a real problem in the United States and Canada, and highly organized car theft rings exist on both sides of the border. But people would be surprised to see which cars are the most stolen ones each year. Car theft in real life is not like in the movies. Contrary to movies such as Gone In 60 Seconds and The Fast and Furious, few car thieves get their hands on a Porsche or Ferrari. In most cases, car thieves steal a minivan or a family station wagon. Here is a list of the cars that are most often stolen in the U.S. and Canada, based on information from insurance bureaus in both countries.
10. Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is a popular mid-sized family sedan known for its fuel economy and durability. The resale value of this five seat car is very high, which largely explains why nearly 9,000 of them were reported stolen in the U.S. last year. Thieves like to steal these cars and then resell them to used car dealerships. The lower the mileage on them, the more attractive they are to car thieves. Many Nissan Altima cars also come with luxury interiors that include leather seats and built-in entertainment systems, which also makes them attractive for theft. Owning one of these vehicles may result in higher insurance premiums given the frequency with which they’re stolen.