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top 10 most commonly stolen cars

Asking questions is key to car shopping — how is its mileage? How does it drive? What's the resale? But here's one question prospective car buyers could ask more often: How likely is it to get stolen?

Listmania: most popular stolen cars by year

To get a snapshot of the car-theft landscape, let's see which cars have ranked in the top 10 of the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual report.

2012: most stolen vehicles

  1. 1996 Honda Accord
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 2006 Ford Pickup (full-size)
  4. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (full-size)
  5. 1991 Toyota Camry
  6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  7. 2004 Dodge Pickup (full-size)
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 1997 Nissan Altima
  10. 1996 Nissan Maxima

Almost every car on this list (with the exception of one) is at least a decade old, much like the most stolen cars of 2011. These cars still appeal to thieves because of their obsolete anti-theft technology, so they're typically easier to steal.

2011: most stolen vehicles

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 2006 Ford Pickup (full-size)
  4. 1991 Toyota Camry
  5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  6. 1994 Acura Integra
  7. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (full-size)
  8. 2004 Dodge Pickup (full-size)
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1994 Nissan Sentra

Almost all of the cars on this list, with the exception of one, are at least a decade old. One reason these cars can attract thieves is their outdated anti-theft technology, which makes them easier to steal. Although most of the vehicles on this list are a return to the models from last year's list, the newest addition is the 1994 Nissan Sentra.

2010: most stolen vehicles

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1991 Toyota Camry
  4. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (full-size)
  5. 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup
  6. 2004 Dodge Ram
  7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1999 Ford Taurus

2010's most-stolen cars were largely American-made — except at the very top. Hondas and Toyotas, both foreign models, were often the wrong ones to own if you hoped to avoid car theft (a common theme in prior years, as well). Smaller sedans rather than wagons, trucks, or SUVs also dominated the list.

2009: most stolen vehicles

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1991 Toyota Camry
  4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
  5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (full-size)
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 2009 Toyota Corolla

2009 saw the same pattern of small-model Hondas and Toyotas getting nabbed more than any other cars. Newer models tend to have more sophisticated anti-theft equipment, which tends to repel potential thieves.

2008: most stolen vehicles

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1989 Toyota Camry
  4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
  5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 1999 Ford Taurus
  10. 2002 Ford Explorer

In 2008, there was an influx of large-vehicle thefts. Half of the top 10 was made up of trucks, SUVs, vans, or Jeeps. This was also the worst year of late to own a Ford, as 3 of its models attracted thieves on a frequent basis.

Where to find the latest annual stats in your neck of the woods

Visit the National Insurance Crime Bureau to see the top 10 stolen cars in your state.

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