Stolen Mercedes-Benz SUVs Are Hard to Recover

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We already know that car thieves in certain parts of the US are rather explicably drawn to quite a lot of Mercedes-Benz models, but an even more worrying report has been recently released about this specific subject.
According to an analysis made by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has the highest percentage of unrecovered stolen cars from all unrecovered SUV and crossover thefts in the United States, with no less than 37 percent of all stolen GL-Class models never coming back to their original owners.

Such a high percentage would probably worry most American Mercedes-Benz SUV owners, but they should probably realize that most vehicles aren't taken by joyriders but by organized theft rings, which dismantle stolen cars for parts, switch the VIN numbers to resell them or downright export entire vehicles to other countries.

Compared with the 30 percent of unrecovered Cadillac Escalades, the 37 percent of unrecovered stolen GL-Class models is obviously higher, but keep in mind that most thieves steal large Mercedes-Benz SUVs to export them overseas.

The states where the highest numbers of unrecovered SUVs are New Jersey and New York, both of which combine for about 25 percent of the unrecovered thefts in the entire US. As both also have access to large ports, this alone makes us think that most SUVs stolen there are then shipped to other parts of the world, hence the large percentage of unrecovered thefts there.

Despite this, Mercedes-Benz SUVs aren't the most stolen model in their lineup, with that prize going to the C-Class, followed closely by the E-Class and the S-Class, in that order. You can check out the entire analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau in the attached pdf below.
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About the author: Alex Oagana
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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