Car insurance: SUV's 'most likely to be stolen'

Friday, 04 December 2009

Compact executive cars and 4x4s are among the most stolen vehicles according to new research, car insurance customers may be interested to know.

High-end vehicles make up nearly a quarter of all vehicles stolen in the UK, as revealed by a list of "most-stolen vehicles" in the UK produced by British firm HPI from vehicle thefts uncovered in the last 12 months.

Roadsters (two-seater soft tops) and family cars are the next most common vehicles targeted by thieves, making up a total of 16 per cent of stolen cars.

Nicola Johnson, HPI consumer services manager, added that the age of a vehicle appeared to be a big factor, with the most common age for a stolen car being between four and eight.

Brand new models, however, made up only five per cent of stolen vehicles and supercars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis accounted for only one per cent of stolen cars.

HPI has been checking cars for over 70 years and works closely with finance companies and car dealers to protect them and the car-buying public from vehicle fraud.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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