What are the odds of finding a car that was stolen 20 years ago?

A story on NBCNews.com described the story of a man whose classic car had been recovered after 42 years. The man was fortunate to have found his car listed on Ebay, where he dealt with the dealership to verify the VIN number. The dealership was more than happy to allow him to pick up his car.

Not everyone’s story is a happy ending. Some people go to quite unexpected car adventures! According to the FBI, car thefts across the nation did decrease in 2011 in comparison with the number of cars stolen in 2010. But VINTrack Stolen Vehicle Detection says that there’s always more to the story regarding statistical reports.

“It is regularly reported that auto thefts are down across the nation, but not reported that stolen vehicle recovery is also down,” says VinTrack.

So, how do car thieves choose what types of cars they will steal?

Recovering a stolen car even after 20 years can be quite exciting! VINTrack also offers a list of about ten cars that are most targeted for theft. The top three on the list are: Honda Civic, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.

Insurance companies are well prepared for the case of auto theft. Geico insurance assures its customers that they are there in the event that you should experience auto theft, but stress that the first call you should make should be local police – as they cannot file a claim without a police report. They suggest that professional car thieves prefer a certain type of car than the average “joy-rider”. According to them, professional auto thieves prefer, “high-performance cars, as well as less exotic, more popular models whose parts are interchangeable.”

Chicago Police Department assures drivers that there is something you can do to lower your chances of car theft.

  • Always close and lock doors and windows before leaving your vehicle.
  • Never leave keys in a vehicle when it’s unattended.
  • Car keys should never be hung on key boards in the home or be visible through windows, they should be kept in a secure place.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended in a vehicle.
  • Ownership and insurance cards should ever be left in your unattended vehicle.
  • Park in well-lighted and well-traveled areas.

Just be smart, follow these simple tips to lower your chances of becoming a victim of auto theft – and there will be no need to recover your beloved car.

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