Auto theft hits a 20-year low
Is vehicle theft a thing of the past? Not likely, however, technology is making it harder for auto theft. Auto manufactures are developing more sophisticated anti-theft technology for new makes and models. USA Today reported that “vehicle theft has fallen to a 20-year low even as the number of vehicles on the road has doubled, as manufacturers install sophisticated anti-theft technology in cars and police target organized car-theft rings.” Many vehicles come standard with factory alarms, ignition immobilizers, and GPS tracking devices. However, not all autos include these standard luxuries, especially base models and older vehicles. Read our post Older cars still valuable…to thieves to find out what the top 10 vehicles are being stolen today.
If you don’t have some type of anti-theft or tracking device for your car, consider one. At minimum, an alarm system is the cheapest way to go because it can help deter a thief. If you have a little extra to spend, there are satellite-tracking systems that can help police track your vehicle (and hopefully, before it’s stripped into a bare frame). These systems include Sat Track and Guidepoint and both will help police locate your vehicle anywhere in the United States, Mexico and Canada. A cheaper version of a GPS system is Lojack. And instead of satellite-tracking, Lojack uses radio frequency technology. This limits the area of the signal’s reach. Just think of your cell phone as Lojack and a GPS system as satellite radio, like XM radio. And, in my experience, my cell phone doesn’t work when I need it the most.
In addition to keeping your vehicle safe, most insurance companies will provide discounts on your premium for having a theft-deterrent or auto-recovery system. Contact your insurance provider for more details on applicable discounts.
Most Dependable Vehicles in 2009
No surprise, consumers are holding onto their vehicles longer. The Cash for Clunkers certainly helped give the auto industry a much needed boost, however only for those summer months. Consumers are still holding on to what they have to avoid adding more onto their already tightened budget.
To provide both auto industry and consumer audiences insights into the long-term reliability of today’s new vehicles, the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) focuses on problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old vehicles (2006 model-year vehicles). The study is used extensively by the world’s auto manufacturers to help design and build better vehicles—which typically retain higher resale values—and by consumers to help make more-informed choices for both new and used vehicles. Read the full story here.
Buick and Jaguar each rank highest in vehicle dependability in a tie. Buick improves from a sixth-place ranking in 2008, while Jaguar improves from 10th place. Following in the top five rankings this year are Lexus, Toyota and Mercury.
Toyota garners five segment awards—more than any other nameplate in 2009—for the Highlander, Prius, Sequoia, Solara and Tundra. Lexus follows with four segment awards for the ES 330 (in a tie with the Acura RL), GX 470, LS 430 and SC 430. Lincoln captures two awards for the Mark LT and Zephyr. Models by Acura, Buick, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan and Scion each rank highest in one segment. Read the full press release here.
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