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New Zealand's most stolen cars revealed

Newshub logoNewshub 13/03/2018 Newshub staff

AA Insurance has revealed the country's most stolen cars - and there's one car you might want to particularly avoid.

Owners of Honda Torneos have the dubious honour of being the most targeted drivers, with the remaining in the number one spot since its debut on the list in 2010.

"The Honda Torneo remains at number one and is the only Honda this year," says Amelia Macandrew, customer relations manager, AA Insurance.

"Honda Torneos were almost twice as likely to be stolen as all other vehicles on the list."

The list compiled by AA Insurance's own claims data shows the Mazda Familia in second position, followed by the Mazda Demio.

Thieves generally prefer older vehicles, the insurance company said, because they tend to have less sophisticated security features and are often easier to steal.

Ninety-six percent of theft claims for models in the top 10 list were for cars manufactured more than 10 years ago and the average value of a stolen vehicle claim from the list is $3,940, according to AA's claims data.

Ms Macandrew says whilst older cars are potential targets, new owners should not be complacent. She says ways to prevent a theft can include installing an alarm, a steering lock, or considering a visible immobiliser.

"Thieves will always go for the easiest, fastest option, so it pays to make it harder for them, so they’re not tempted," she says.

"It's in everyone's interests to make our cars as difficult to steal as we can - not only to avoid the stress and disruption of a theft, but also help keep car insurance as affordable as possible."

Top 10 Stolen Cars (Source: AA Insurance claims data 1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017)

  • Honda Torneo
  • Mazda Familia
  • Mazda Demio
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Nissan Sunny
  • Nissan Cefiro
  • Mazda Atenza
  • Subaru Forester
  • Nissan Terrano
  • Mazda Capella


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