Why Are Old Accords So Hot?

Got one of those press releases that comes every year, telling the most commonly stolen cars. In 2009, the most recent data, more 1992 Honda Accords were stolen in Washington than any other vehicle. My first reaction? Why?

I mean, sure, they’re reliable cars and all, but why not steal a newer one? Are the alarms a lot better now or something. These are 18-year-old cars. Even my Accord is four years newer than that, and it has 230,000 miles on it.

Strangely enough, it was stolen several years ago when it was my wife’s car. She left it at an airport parking lot at Sea-Tac. When she came back, it was gone. Fortunately, somebody abandoned it not too far away, in Renton, I think. All they too were the airbags, plus they screwed up the ignition getting it started. Can somebody explain what’s the deal with the airbags?

Some of her work buddies said it was the Russian mafia. I don’t know if that was a joke or there really is such a thing. Sounds kind of silly. The Russian mafia stealing airbags.

Here’s the top 10 list for 2009:

2. 1995 Honda Civic

3. 1990 Toyota Camry

4. 1995 Acura Integra

5. 1993 Subaru Legacy

6. 1994 Nissan Sentra

7. 1993 Dodge Caravan

8. 1998 Saturn SL

9. 1995 Ford Explorer

10. 1995 Nissan Pathfinder

So it’s not just the 1992 Accord. They’re targeting all early 1990s cars. I don’t know if it’s because they’re easy to steal, there’s lots of demand for the cars or their parts, or what. Can one of you in the know fill me in.

A few more facts form this Northwest Insurance Council press release. Yakima is ranked sixth in the nation for theft rates, down from third in 2008. Spokane jumped from 35th to 18th and the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area fell from 26th to 37th.

In Washington, 73 vehicles are stolen each day, or three per hour.

Go lock your doors.

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