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
Model Make Number Stolen Average
Stolen Per Week Most likely to be stolen
in? 1 Hilux Toyota 162 6 Canterbury 2 Legacy Subaru 117 5 Canterbury 3 Impreza Subaru 93 4 Canterbury 4 Commodore
variants) Holden 91 4 Canterbury 5 HiAce Toyota 59 2 Canterbury 6 Courier Ford 53 2 Canterbury 7 Accord Honda 52 2 Counties/Manukau 8 Primera Nissan 51 2 Canterbury 9 Corolla Toyota 50 2 Counties/Manukau 10 Lancer Holden 50 2 Counties/Manukau 11 Navara Nissan 48 2 Counties/Manukau 12 Terrano Nissan 44 2 Canterbury 13 Pulsar Nissan 41 2 Canterbury 14 Civic Honda 40 2 Counties/Manukau 15 Falcon Ford 40 2 Waikato 16 Skyline Holden 34 1 Canterbury
Counties/Manukau 17 Familia Mazda 33 1 Auckland
Canterbury 18 Odyssey Honda 32 1 Counties/Manukau 19 Safari Nissan 29 1 Canterbury 20 Demio Mazda 28 1 Counties/Manukau 21 Landcruiser Toyota 27 1 Canterbury 22 Swift Holden 27 1 Counties/Manukau 23 Tiida Nissan 25 1 Counties/Manukau 24 Al
Tezza Toyota 23 1 Canterbury 25 Forester Subaru 23 1 Auckland
Most Stolen Car by
Region: June to December 2018
Region Vehicle most likely to be
stolen Make Auckland
City Familia Mazda Bay of
Plenty Hilux Toyota Canterbury Hilux Toyota Central Impreza Subaru Counties/Manukau Impreza Subaru Eastern Legacy Subaru Northland Hilux Toyota Southern Civic Honda Tasman (Insufficient
Data) n/a Waikato Falcon Ford Waitemata Commodore Holden Wellington Lancer Mitsubishi
Cars per Region as a Ratio of Population: June to December
Region Number of Cars
Stolen Estimated Population Stolen Cars per
People Canterbury 831 624,000 13 Northland 187 151,692 12 Counties/Manukau 575 534,750 11 Bay
Plenty 312 305,700 10 Auckland
City 391 481,740 8 Central 254 354,100 7 Eastern 154 215,000 7 Waitemata 312 597,510 5 Wellington 263 521,500 5 Waikato 233 468,800 5 Tasman 51 104,000 5 Southern 79 319,200 2 Total 3,642 4,677,992 -