I Wouldn’t Steal a Prius…

by Nate Torvik on December 6, 2012

It is not often that an automobile and “stolen cars” are used in a positive light in the same breath. Until now, that is. After the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently announced that the Toyota Prius was the vehicle least likely to be stolen, it gave Toyota and its customers one more thing to be excited about. We may not often think, “Hmm…I wonder if the car that I want to purchase is going to be stolen…” but these results certainly give Prius drivers and potential owners an added bit of confidence, and having confidence in your vehicle is always a good thing.

Since the emergence of the hybrid vehicle into the automobile market, the Prius has become one of the most popular cars to own. According to the press release distributed by the NICB, more than 1.2 million Prius’ have been sold in the U.S. since production began back in 2000. Out of all of those, only 2,439 have been reported stolen. That comes out to a whopping 0.2% of all Prius’ sold in the last 12 years.

Various reasons exist as to why this is the case for this particular Toyota, the main explanation being that there’s not much of a market for hybrid parts. Hybrid engines are clearly only operational with a hybrid vehicle, and the majority of the parts that are involved in the operation of a hybrid only work with the specific vehicle and system. The parts wouldn’t even be useful in most other Toyota models. This makes the Prius quite the theft deterrent, because if you can’t make any money stealing it, why would you risk it?

The next time you take a look at a passing Prius and think to yourself, “Maybe I should buy one of those,” remember that besides the amazing gas mileage, there’s a fantastic chance that your car would never get stolen.

Google+ Comments

Previous post:

Next post: