These were the most stolen vehicles in Canada last year
|driving.ca 03 Dec 2019 at 10:49|
The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) announced early December which models made up the most stolen vehicles in Canada in 2018, a list populated, as usual, by old heavy-duty Fords.
More important than raw numbers, though, is the theft ratio IBC also measures, comparing the number of a certain make, model and year stolen versus the number insured in Canada.
(A minimum 271 units have to be insured to figure into the list.)
Some 86,132 vehicles were reported stolen in 2018, says Statistics Canada, an increase of 1.2 per cent versus 2017.
Or if you prefer that in dollars: Auto theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion every year, says IBC, half of which is paid by insurers fixing or replacing stolen vehicles. The balance goes to police, health care and court system costs.
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And since the theft ratio also helps set your insurance rate, you might want to know about it before buying a new – or used – vehicle.
Yes, used. Because again this year, you’re in for a lot of stress if a Ford F-250 or F-350 older than 2008 is parked in your driveway. That’s because the American pickup par excellence – the most purchased vehicle in North America – is also its most stolen, Fords chocking up the first six spots of 2018’s top 10.