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If You Own A Honda Civic Watch Your Back, It’s Targeted Most By Car Thieves

Be extra careful if you drive an older Honda Civic or Accord.


Do you drive a Honda Civic or Honda Accord? You better be careful where you park and use a CLUB lock on your steering wheel. The Honda Civic and Honda Accord are the top-two most stolen cars in America according to a report from Insurify. They say the 1998 Honda Civic is stolen more often than any vehicle in America at a rate 6 per 1,000 vetches and 45,062 were stolen last year.

Honda Civic

The 1997 Honda Accord is number two on the list with a theft rate of 5 per 1,000 vehicles and 43,764 were stolen last year in the U.S. The next closest vehicle is the Ford F-150 pickup with 35,105 trucks stolen last year.

Why Honda?

Hondas are targeted most because they hold their resale value. Plus, thieves can profit by stripping them and selling the parts to repair shops and junkyards. Older cars are also easier to steal because they usually lack the advanced anti-theft protection that newer cars have. The 1997 model year was the last year the Accord didn’t come with an immobilizer and car thieves know it. The sixth-generation Honda Civic hatch is also a popular car that tuners want to modify.

Top stolen colors

If you own a silver Honda Civic or Accord you better be doubly careful. According to CCC Information Services, silver is the top color car thieves pick followed by white, black, gold and dark green. Besides the Honda Civic and Accord, check out which cars are stolen most.

Honda CivicTop ten most stolen car list

1. 1998 Honda Civic
2. 1997 Honda Accord
3. 2006 Ford Pickup
4. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup
5. 2017 Toyota Camry
6. 2016 Nissan Altima
7. 2016 Toyota Corolla
8. 2001 Dodge Pickup
9. 2017 GMC Pickup
10.2008 Chevrolet Impala

An interesting Honda Accord car theft happened recently in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. The Oakland Press reported a woman walked into Page Honda, asked to test-drive a new 2019 Honda Accord and never returned it. What’s interesting, the dealer let her drive the car off the lot alone on the test drive. The woman and the new Honda have not been seen since.

So lock up your older Honda Civic and Accord and use some sort of security lock on the steering wheel. You are being targeted most by car thieves.

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Brook (not verified)    September 22, 2021 - 8:07AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

my beloved ‘97 Civic was stolen yesterday in Minneapolis. bought that car when I was 16 and was planning on driving it till it died. I feel so heartbroken and angry. I don’t want to give up hope cuz odds are it’s being trashed as I type this :,(

Martin (not verified)    October 31, 2021 - 9:57PM

In reply to by Brook (not verified)

I’m sorry to hear that. My daughters car got stolen today as well and she payed cash for it. It was on video and the thieves stole it under 7 minutes on broad daylight. I was home and did not notice anything till my wife asked my daughter where her car was. I think if the “club” was on it would have slowed the thieves down a little… :(

Donald parks (not verified)    March 28, 2022 - 12:07AM

In reply to by Brook (not verified)

Sori for your loss..I feel for you coz my honda was stolen twice..yes, I got it back but stripped many parts..I got most of it back together and runnin..had alarm on it second time, still got a club& alarm, still not satisfied in leavin it outside.

ladonna sullivan (not verified)    March 14, 2022 - 12:18PM

i had a 2020 civic leased that the police found wrecked . the ins is dragging their feet on fixing it . under special investigations . i love that car , ins stating it’s impossible to steal the 2020 civic so idk what’s going to happen next the repairs are 10,000. which i definitely don’t have and i’m only 1 year into a three year lease. welcome any thoughts as to how the thief got my car.