Do You Know Which Vehicle Colors are Stolen Most Often?

28 Oct 2014

The color of your vehicle has more impact than you probably think, and not just how cool it makes you and your ride look. Nor is your vehicle color choice simply related to how likely you are to get pulled over by law enforcement.

Did you know there are also some colors stolen more often?

A survey conducted by CCC Information Services and reported on by Property Casualty 360, looked at car colors, and which tend to be targeted by criminals more often.

If you have a car with one of these below colors, you might want to practice more caution to prevent a theft, such as installing a security system. You also might want to look into a GPS tracking device for your car, in order to find your car quickly if in fact it is stolen.

Silver

The most commonly stolen car color is silver, with over $4.3 billion worth of thefts of silver vehicles in 2012 alone. The average loss for victims with silver cars was $6,019.

That same year, there were some states that had the least amount of thefts, which can be reassuring if you live in one of these states. They include Vermont, Wyoming, Maine, New Hampshire, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, Delaware, Alaska, and Montana.

White

Another color that was frequently stolen was white. According to statistics provided by the FBI, a white vehicle was stolen every 44 seconds in 2012. Passenger cars are definitely among the most stolen vehicles, even though you might think it was sports cars. The Honda Accord and Honda Civic were among the most stolen in 2012, at 58,596 and 47,037 thefts respectively. Near the bottom of the list were the Dodge Caravan, Acura Integra, Nissan Altima, and Nissan Maxima.

Black

In 2013, black vehicles were the most commonly stolen vehicle, according to LoJack. This included everything from small passenger cars to luxury sports cars and oversized SUVs. The least common color that year was turquoise. While black cars are stolen frequently, they are also recovered on a regular basis. The most recovered stolen vehicles are the Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Ford F250, Honda Civic, and the Toyota Tacoma.

Gold

This may seem surprising, but gold vehicles are also a very common color of vehicle to be stolen. In 2013, gold was near the top of the list, as well as the Honda Accord. That year, other commonly stolen cars were the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla and Chevy Silverado.

Green

While the CCC doesn’t mention the actual shade of green, the car is also one of the most common colors of vehicles to be stolen. Where you live, including the city, also varies based on how likely it is your green or any other colored vehicle is going to be stolen. For example, California has a bad reputation for vehicle thefts, but only in certain areas. The risky areas include Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, San Francisco, Stockton, Vallejo, San Jose, and Yuba City.

Whether or not your vehicle is white, black, green, gold or silver, you should protect it with a GPS car tracking device. While it may still get stolen, you have a better chance at recovering it.

Your other alternative is to buy a pea-soup green, tangerine orange or one of two from the yellow family: pale-as-your-winter skin yellow or puke yellow. Nobody wants those.

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Buying a yellow car saved me thousands of dollars – left lane

January 13th, 2018 at 10:24 pm

[…] When cops know to look for a bright yellow Ford Focus hatchback, they’re gonna be alert the moment they see one on the streets. A plain ole silver one might not do the trick, but the second they see a flash of yellow their minds easily drift to the last time they heard someone talking about a car that bright…and then they’ll remember it’s probably stolen. Someone took my own beautiful Ford Focus at gunpoint, but within 48 hours cops located it. After vigorously dusting the interior for fingerprints, they handed the keys back to me. And I was never more thankful for having chosen a color a little bit less popular than red, blue, or silver. […]

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