Why Does the Honda Accord Have so Many Fans Among Thieves?

As reported by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), certain Accords and Honda Civics from the 1990s, along with the 1989 Toyota Camry, have held the top positions as most stolen cars in the US for the past eight years. For the sake of variety, the NICB cuts duplicates from its top-10 lists, explains Frank Scafidi public affairs director.

Also, the 1996 version of the Accord was a very popular target in 2010. But the 1994 Honda Accord was special in a certain way. That year, Honda restyled the Accord’s design and changed some technical details under the hood. Thieves are likely interested in mid-90s Accords simply because there are so many of them still on the roads. Also, demand for replacement parts might be the factor which keeps the thieves in business. “I think a lot of vehicles are stolen to tear them apart,” Chris Martin Honda Spokesman was quoted as saying by

Honda hasn’t stopped selling Accords, but managed to make them a lot harder to steal. In 1997, Honda started installing microchips into car keys. Thus, if someone tried to hot-wire a car without the key, the car wouldn’t start. Hot-wiring may be obsolete, but other methods, such as driving up with a tilt-bed tow truck, still work, explained Scafidi.

The NICB report also revealed how car thefts evolved in each US state. The study also pointed out Texas as the only state where the Chevy Tahoe makes the list and in Maryland, the 1999 Ford Crown Victoria- the iconic law enforcement car made the list as well.
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