The FBI just released statistics for 2009 most stolen luxury cars. That year about 800,000 high end vehicles were stolen, costing the nation approximately 5.2 billion dollars. Read on
The one person who loves your luxury vehicle as much as you is not your spouse, your kids or your dogs. Itâ€™s your local car thief. He loves it so much that heâ€™s willing to steal it from you and sell it off piece-by-piece for twice what you paid.
According to the latest FBI statistics, car thieves stole more than 800,000 vehicles in 2009 for a total sum of $5.2 billion in losses for owners.
A luxury car is defined as a vehicle that costs more than $45,000 new. Here, then, are the 10 most stolen luxury vehicles for 2009.
Anyone who buys this pretty baby takes the auto insurance agent along to ride shotgun. Audi manufactured only 227 of this luxury sedan, but thieves love its relative rarity, making it the No. 1 stolen luxury car. With its Lamborghini V-10 motor, auto thieves can zip this car across the border before you butter the kidâ€™s toast.
What thiefÂ wouldn’tÂ love to drive this BMW to an awaiting shipping container at a port? With its V-10 engine and the easy-response steering, the M5 is a dream come true when that new Middle East oilfield means that Adullah can afford the best. Even al-Queda operatives like to look smart and sophisticated when targeted by a CIA drone, and this stolen BMW fills the bill.
Your stolen Chrysler 300 offers thieves dozens of options to customize other stolen Chrysler 300s. A racing stripe here and different motor there, and a thief has a customized Chrysler to sell to another buyer looking for that customized car. Thefts of this car are greatly reduced by carving your three-foot long initials in the hood.
Nissan Infiniti M35/45
Thieves love the Infinitiâ€™s mix of high-performance, top-notch technology and Yakuza luxury. Fashioning yourself as a Samurai swordsman cuts down on car jackings at stop lights.
General Motors Cadillac STS
Seeing as how GM has discontinued this model in 2011, drivers who canâ€™t buy it anymore will be subjected to fewer thefts of this model.
This beauty makes a stylish statement whether parked in front of a Manhattan gustation restaurant or in a chop shop. Thieves find both the V-8 or V-12 option appealing, and its nimble performance allows thieves to ditch pursuing police.
Chrysler Sebring Convertible
What thief could possible resist lowering the retractable hardtop and allowing the wind to blow through his hair on the way to Bennyâ€™s Midnight car lot?
Bashful thieves can hunker down in the comfortable driverâ€™s seat and not be seen on the way to Bennyâ€™s Midnight car lot.
Not as smooth and sophisticated as its big brother, the A8 has just enough luxurious features to include it at No. 9.
Coexist bumper stickers are not enough hippy love magic to spare this car from thieves. Try â€œProtected by Smith & Wesson.â€
Regardless of which luxury car you drive, thereâ€™s a thief out there who would love to drive it away for a substantial payday. Either stuff the car with geese when unattended, or buy a GPS tracking unit.