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MoneyHub Reveals New Zealand’s Most Stolen Cars


The desire for a stolen Toyota Hilux, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Impreza shows no signs of diminishing, with at least two reported stolen every day around New Zealand. Comprehensive analysis of Police data by financial comparison website MoneyHub.co.nz confirms Canterbury is the stolen car hotspot of the country, with over 800 vehicles reported stolen in the last six months of 2018.

MoneyHub published the findings on its car insurance comparison guide to inform New Zealanders of the extra insurance costs that are often associated with owning a car more likely to be stolen. MoneyHub obtained stolen car data from the New Zealand Police to reveal the 25 most stolen cars and which areas of New Zealand are prone to more theft, among other facts.


MoneyHub’s senior research Christopher Walsh says:

“Thieves had different preferences around the region. Auckland thieves lusted after the Mazda Familia more than any other car. But in Waikato, the Ford Falcon was the most stolen car, and in Southland and Otago thieves preferred the Honda Civic. In Wellington, Mitsubishi Lancer was most favoured, while the Toyota Hilux was popular with thieves all over the country, especially those in Canterbury, Bay of Plenty and Northland”.

“We’ve seen some interesting data points. Despite over half of all the reported thefts of Subaru Legacy models being from within Canterbury, thieves there still preferred the Toyota Hilux, with 68 stolen there in a mere 6 months”.

“If you own a Toyota Hilux, Subaru Impreza or Subaru Legacy, you could pay a lot more for car insurance than for less 'in demand' models by thieves. But many models continue to be in demand by thieves, and until now, there wasn’t a definite list of which models were most susceptible to being stolen”.

“When it came to stolen cars as a ratio of a region’s population, Otago and Southland reported the lowest number, while Canterbury, Northland and Counties/Manakau posed the most risk to car owners.

“Our guide to car insurance is helping thousands of New Zealanders every month save money and get the best policy. Whether or not your car model is a target by thieves may not be an obvious question to ask, but it’s certainly helpful to know, and MoneyHub is focused on getting the word out there”.

“MoneyHub will continue to analyse Police data every six months, with the aim of informing New Zealanders by making the latest stolen car data accessible”.

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New Zealand's Most Stolen Cars: June - December 2018

#Car ModelMakeNumber StolenAverage Stolen Per WeekMost likely to be stolen in?
1HiluxToyota1626Canterbury
2LegacySubaru1175Canterbury
3ImprezaSubaru934Canterbury
4Commodore (all variants)Holden914Canterbury
5HiAceToyota592Canterbury
6CourierFord532Canterbury
7AccordHonda522Counties/Manukau
8PrimeraNissan512Canterbury
9CorollaToyota502Counties/Manukau
10LancerHolden502Counties/Manukau
11NavaraNissan482Counties/Manukau
12TerranoNissan442Canterbury
13PulsarNissan412Canterbury
14CivicHonda402Counties/Manukau
15FalconFord402Waikato
16SkylineHolden341Canterbury + Counties/Manukau
17FamiliaMazda331Auckland + Canterbury
18OdysseyHonda321Counties/Manukau
19SafariNissan291Canterbury
20DemioMazda281Counties/Manukau
21LandcruiserToyota271Canterbury
22SwiftHolden271Counties/Manukau
23TiidaNissan251Counties/Manukau
24Al TezzaToyota231Canterbury
25ForesterSubaru231Auckland City

Most Stolen Car by Region: June to December 2018

RegionVehicle most likely to be stolenMake
Auckland CityFamiliaMazda
Bay of PlentyHiluxToyota
CanterburyHiluxToyota
CentralImprezaSubaru
Counties/ManukauImprezaSubaru
EasternLegacySubaru
NorthlandHiluxToyota
SouthernCivicHonda
Tasman(Insufficient Data)n/a
WaikatoFalconFord
WaitemataCommodoreHolden
WellingtonLancerMitsubishi

Stolen Cars per Region as a Ratio of Population: June to December 2018

RegionNumber of Cars StolenEstimated PopulationStolen Cars per 10,000 People
Canterbury831624,00013
Northland187151,69212
Counties/Manukau575534,75011
Bay of Plenty312305,70010
Auckland City391481,7408
Central254354,1007
Eastern154215,0007
Waitemata312597,5105
Wellington263521,5005
Waikato233468,8005
Tasman51104,0005
Southern79319,2002
Total3,6424,677,992-

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