We put a lot of thought into purchasing a new vehicle. It's easy to consider the obvious things like gas mileage and cost of ownership. We also look at resale value and how much our new ride will cost to insure.
What's the Risk of Your Vehicle Being Stolen in Arizona?
One thing worth considering is the risk your new vehicle could be stolen in Arizona. GetJerry.com reports Arizona is ranked 11th for most automobile thefts in the nation. That's a daunting fact when you consider how much we rely on our cars.
A car or truck doesn't have to be fresh off the lot in order to be a target for thieves. In fact, in many cases, a vehicle can make the most stolen list simply because it's easy to steal. That's the case with some of the automobiles on our list: for thieves, these cars and trucks are easy pickings.
Why These Vehicles are Targeted by Theives
Motorbiscuit.com says that many older vehicles lack theft deterrents like smart key technology or immobilizing devices that prevent the engine from starting without the key fob. And some are a cinch to hotwire.
The 2004 Chevy Silverado, for example, is a hot ticket for thieves since it lacks a lot of modern security features and it's easy to hotwire.
Thieves love to go after older trucks because their parts are still valuable for resale, sometimes more than the vehicle as a whole.
Stolen trucks are quickly taken to “chop shops” where the more expensive parts, like wheels and tailgates are stripped off and resold, frequently on websites like eBay and Amazon. These vehicles may be older, but they're all hot tickets for car theives.
These are the Top 5 Most Stolen Vehicles in Arizona