Washington car thieves can’t shake their devotion to Japanese autos.
A list of the ten most-stolen cars in the state last year is topped by the 1992 Honda Accord and includes just three domestic makes, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
All of the cars and trucks are older than the 2004 model year. Older cars and trucks are favored by thieves because they’re easier to steal and part out, according to a news release from the insurance-industry organization.
“Newer and more expensive vehicles often have more sophisticated alarms and anti-theft systems and frequently are stolen to be resold intact or shipped overseas,” the release said.
Washington is a hotbed for car thieves, with Spokane ranking fourth in the nation for auto theft rates, according to the NICB. Yakima ranks fifth in the nation, while the greater Seattle area is 12th.
Here are the top 10 most-stolen cars in Washington last year:
1. 1992 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1995 Acura Integra
4. 1990 Toyota Camry
5. 1996 Subaru Legacy
6. 1992 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
7. 1994 Nissan Sentra
8. 1995 Saturn SI
9. 1991 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Small Size)
10. 2003 Toyota Corolla