Stolen Vehicles in Canada

Every year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) releases their list of the top 10 most stolen cars in Canada.

The list features a number of high value cars, including vehicles made by Cadillac, Audi, and Acura.

1) 2000 Honda Civic

This Honda model has a value of $4,500 – $6,575, which makes it one of the least expensive cars on the list. Its popularity among car thieves could be due to the abundance of Honda Civics on Canadian streets. The Civic is popular and for good reason. Unfortunately, it is also very popular among criminals in this country.

2) 1999 Honda Civic

Another Civic makes the list, except this time it is the 1999 model year. The blue book value of this car is anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000. The car comes with different transmission options including a 4-speed automatic, a 2-speed CVT, and a 5-speed manual transmission. It is popular among consumers and with car thieves as well.

3) 2002 Cadillac Escalade

This is a slightly more expensive vehicle. It costs anywhere from $15,000 to $16,000+. The Cadillac Escalade also made the most stolen list in the United States, as compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The US list also featured the Ford F-250, Infiniti G37 and the Dodge Charger. North Americans beware; car thieves are out to get your Escalade.

4) 2004 Cadillac Escalade

The fourth most stolen vehicle in Canada is another Cadillac Escalade. The 2004 model has a value of between $20,000 and $21,000. These aren’t easy vehicles to steal, which means organized crime is likely involved in a percentage of these thefts.

5) 2005 Acura RSX

The 2005 Acura RSX has a value of between $13,000 and $15,000. This sporty Acura comes with your choice of two different engine sizes: a 160-hp, 2.0-liter and a 210-hp, 2.0-liter. The handling is superb and the car keeps its resale value, which is another reason why it is popular car to steal in Canada.

6) 1997 Acura Integra

This Integra comes with your choice of a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. It has great handling and is quite good on gas compared to other Acura vehicles. Costing between $3,900 and $8,200, the 1997 Integra isn’t as expensive as some of the other models on this list but it’s still a car that gets stolen a lot.

7) 2000 Audi S4 Quattro

It looks like street racing might be involved when you look at some of the speedier cars on the list, such as the Audi S4. This car is valued between $8,000 and $8,600, which means it’s not quite as expensive as the Escalades on this list, but it’s still not inexpensive.

8) 2003 Hummer H2

Selling for anywhere from $18,000 to $19,000, the 2003 Hummer H2 is also popular among thieves. Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens even had his orange Hummer stolen in 2005 after his son left it unlocked, while he went to school. That is definitely a preventable theft – it’s simple, lock your doors!

9) 2006 Acura RSX

Another Acura RSX makes the list. This one costs anywhere from $15,000 to $17,500 and is similar to the 2005 RSX. The Type-S has a six-speed manual transmission and a lot more get up and go. The car goes fast, and it also goes fast if you leave it in a dark parking lot in a questionable neighbourhood late at night.

10) 2004 Hummer H2

There seems to be a recurring theme here: similar models keep popping up on this list. A 2004 Hummer H2 will cost you anywhere from $22,000 to $26,000. They hold their resale value and the 316-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 engine packs a punch, whether you’re heading out into the woods or sticking to the suburban streets. If you own one of these cars, then take every precaution so you’re not added to the theft statistics that are compiled by the Insurance Bureau of Canada each year.

What Happens to Stolen Cars in Canada?

Stolen vehicles are often resold to unsuspecting buyers through Craigslist and other local ad networks. The cars are sent overseas to other countries where they are in high demand. Sometimes the cars are stripped down for parts. There are a variety of reasons why cars are stolen in Canada and those are a few of them. The Globe and Mail also has some tips on how to keep you car from being stolen. Protect your car by installing anti-theft devices and by reading our guide about protecting your car from thieves.