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What colour of car is most likely to be stolen?

What colour of car is most likely to be stolen?

Surprisingly, green cars are the most popular among car thieves according to recent research by Monash University Accident Research Centre.

While white may be the most common car colour - they're stolen at a rate of 2.65/1000 registered vehicles.

Green eyed monster

That's way behind green cars, which top the list at 3.58/1000.

Black (2.96) and red (2.81) vehicles were the next most popular for car theft, the study found.

The black market

The research also shows that thieves target certain brands in certain colours. 

The three top theft targets: the Nissan Pulsar, Holden Commodore VE and Holden Commodore VT all show a higher likliehood to be stolen if they are black or greeen.

  • Pulsar: Green is the most popular colour for profit-motivated thefts of this make and model, but for 'short-term' thefts (joyriding or to commit other crimes) red cars are used more often.
  • Commodore VE: Black is favoured by thieves for this car - taking the top spot for both types of theft.
  • Commodore VT: If your green VT has been stolen, it's most likely to be the victim of a short-term theft. If your black VT goes missing, the culprit is more likely looking to make a profit.

Having a car stolen, whatever colour, can be financially devastating. Check you have adequate car insurance to cover any potential loss.

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