Audi Highly Targeted by Car Thieves

By: Rain Stockton

According to reports German luxury cars are among the vehicles that are most frequently stolen.

Audi vehicles such as the Audi S4 with its top-of-the-line was claimed to be likely stolen 123 percent as compared to any other average car, followed by BMW with 117 percent average.

Surprisingly the other German luxury brand Mercedes-Benz has only gotten 19 percent on the average which makes you wonder whether its because of Mercedes really good car security features or car thieves just don't have lots of orders for this brand.

Last year's Suncorp statistics did not provide actual numbers, type or age of vehicle but only the proportions stolen.

The other vehicles that have gotten a below average ratings were Volkswagen, Ford, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Kia, Peugeot, Daewoo, Nissan, and the least to be stolen was Daihatsu. Basing on the researched most of the frequently stolen cars are the expensive ones.

The prices of the most frequently stolen vehicles range from $60,000 to $100,000 that is despite the claims of its manufacturers that these vehicles are equipped with the best theft protection features available.

Suncorp has also revealed claims information on crash frequency which contradicts the theory that the better the car, the better the driver.

In accidents where drivers were at fault it was found out that 10 percent of those involved in such type owns cars with cost ranging from $60,000 to $100,000. The research also revealed that Alfa drivers were 58 percent more likely to make an at-fault claim as compared to an average driver.

According to Suncorp Motor Insurance General Manager Daniel Fogarty, the results of the research clearly shows that drivers of prestige motor vehicles tend to become overtly confident which caused them to become more reckless in driving.

He also added, "On the other hand, drivers of new prestige vehicles may feel slightly more nervous on the roads than if they were driving a mid-range car, which might potentially cause more accidents, as the financial implications of accidents are higher."

Meanwhile one of the most usual types of claims that Queensland drivers made was for a single-vehicle accident. On the other hand, Holden Special Vehicles drivers were 50 percent more likely to make a single-car accident claim, followed by Audi with 49 percent and Chrysler with 44 percent.

The least likely to make such a claim were drivers of Daihatsu with 30 percent less than the average. The statistics revealed also that it is not a good idea to lend new vehicles to friends or relatives since there is a 12 percent chance that they will scratch or damage it.

Frequency of thefts

1. Audi 123%
2. BMW 117%
3. Jaguar 100%
4. Alfa Romeo 89%
5. Saab 74%

Frequency of at-fault accidents

1. Alfa Romeo 58%
2. Proton 19%
3. Mazda 13%

Frequency of not at-fault accidents

1. Audi 102%
2. Alfa Romeo 94%
3. Proton 75%

Frequency of single-vehicle accidents

1. HSV 50%
2. Audi 49%
3. Chrysler 44%

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