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National Insurance Crime Bureau

NICB Hot Wheels Report Names 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

The NICB recently released its Hot Wheels report for 2010. Hot Wheels identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the nation and in each state using data provided by law enforcement and contained in the FBI's National Crime Information Center.

As the report clearly shows, the most stolen vehicles are not always the sparkling-new "glamobiles" piloted by paparazzi-dodging celebrities. Make no mistake, their class of ride gets jacked too, but not nearly in the numbers experienced by older Hondas, Toyotas and domestic brands.

So what's up with that?

Year after year, Hondas and Toyotas have dominated our Hot Wheels report. In a way, that's a backhanded compliment. These are very popular vehicles and there are

millions of them on the road—a testament to their durability and their owners' satisfaction.

So what if they get banged up in an accident?

Insurance may cover the repair costs within your policy limits. You take it to a few places and get estimates then leave it with the shop that is mutually agreeable to you and your insurance company. But some repair facilities are shady and obtain replacement parts from older or stolen vehicles.

That's fraud and that drives up the cost of insurance for all of us.

How can you protect yourself from these kinds of scams? Use reputable business owners. Most repair shops are staffed with decent, hard-working and honest employees. But some are not. If you are uncomfortable with a repair facility, look for another.

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Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to combatting and preventing insurance crime through Intelligence, Analytics, and Operations; Education and Crime Prevention; and Strategy, Policy, and Advocacy. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $530 billion in insurance premiums in 2020, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($236 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit www.nicb.org.