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Hot Wheels: Calif.’s Most Stolen Vehicles In 2010

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The 1991 Accord is the most stolen car in California, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s “Hot Wheels” report.

The Honda Accord also proved to be the most stolen car in America, the report found.

“People tend to take better care of them, they last longer because the weather in California certainly isn’t a factor,” Frank Scafidi of the National Insurance Crime Bureau told KNX 1070.

Here is the top ten most stolen cars in California:
1. 1991 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1994 Acura Integra
5. 1994 Nissan Sentra
6. 2003 Toyota Corolla
7. 1999 Chevrolet full-size pickup
8. 1997 Nissan Altima
9. 1995 Saturn SL
10. 1988 Toyota 4X2 pickup

The findings were apart of the annual “Hot Wheels” study conducted by the National Insurance Crime Bureau that based their findings on motor vehicle thefts reported to the National Crime Information Center by law enforcement agencies in 2010.

Officials said the older vehicles are targeted more by thieves because of the high value of their parts and lack of tracking devices, officials said.

“They are easier to steal . . . and body shops and repair places, some of them actually traffic in stolen parts. That’s what they use to do the repairs on these older vehicles,” Scafidi said. “There’s always a supply. Somebody wants something that’s less than retail, they’ll find a way to get it.”

Fresno leads the nation for stolen cars with 7,559 thefts.

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