Rich and robbed? Should have checked for STOLEN!

  • UK or SA – have that purchase checked
  • What’s the car most theives are after?
  • …and even your little Ford hatch isn’t safe!
PORSCHE CARRERA 4S: You have one of these? Tee, hee - perhaps not for much longer! Image: Wikipedia
PORSCHE CARRERA 4S: You have one of these? Tee, hee – perhaps not for much longer! Image: Wikipedia


DO YOU own an expensive prestige sedan or sport car? If you do, we guess it has much to do with enhancing your social standing and/or your perceived prestige among your peers.

The Corner doesn’t really get either of those things – if you’re a nice guy/ess then you shouldn’t need material stuff to pump yourself up. All you manage to do is encourage jealousy and ill-feeling – perhaps even the more insidious sin of envy.


But have you ever considered what effect the car you drive has on car thieves? Maybe there should be yet another level of ‘eliteness’ among the rich along the lines of “criminals and car-smugglers like my car more than your car – so there!”

If you happen to live in the UK (but perhaps Jozi or Camps Bay also) then the people who love you most are the aforementioned car thieves. Nice feeling, hey?

Cars with the highest percentage of ‘stolen‘ flags in 2016 (%)
1 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S – 16.67%
2 Mercedes-Benz CLC 220 Cdi Sport a/t – 9.09%
3 Range Rover Evoque Dynamics D4A – 5.26%
4 Honda Jazz SE CVT – 1.33%
5 Ford Fiesta Zetec – 0.26%
Source: (models with minimum 10 checks giving at least two STOLEN flags – a company that handles verification of vehicle ownership in Britain for the benefit of potential purchasers – has named the five cars most at risk of being stolen  and the list is topped by some margin by the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.

Of all registrations checked before the cash was handed over, one in every six was flagged STOLEN! Less prestigious (at least among the car-thieving fraternity) but still second in nick-it popularity is the Mercedes-Benz CLC 220 Cdi Sport a/t with one in 11 red-flagged, and third the Range Rover Evoque Dynamics D4A.

After those comes – surprisingly, perhaps (good getaway cars! – are Honda’s Jazz SE CVT and Ford’s Fiesta Zetec.

SMALL FAMILY CARS ARE NICKED, TOO!’s boss, Roger Powell, told The Corner in a media release: “It should come as no surprise that the cars most at risk of being stolen in 2016 are prestige models. They are desirable to used-vehicle buyers and targeted by car thieves due to the profit potential.”

Regarding small family cars, he added:: “That the UK’s best-selling car, the Fiesta, is fifth on our list shows that any used-car on a lot could have been stolen. While the risk of buying one is relatively low, people should consider the potential for the embarrassment of being pulled by the police and finding yourself hugely out-of-pocket.”

You might, if the proper papers can’t immediately be produced, find yourself if jail – in only temporarily.


“That’s why,” Powell warned, “all motor traders use vehicle provenance checks. I urge all vehicle-buyers to do the same. The latest British Crime Survey shows that vehicle theft is increasing for the first time in 20 years in the UK – by eight percent (April 2015-March 2016) with 80 047 stolen.

“And, as cars stolen during house burglaries or by asset fraud aren’t included, so the problem is serious and getting worse.”

Point of the feature, at least for My Car Check which supplied the material, is that buyers should be aware of the car’s true ownership before making an offer. It’s so important that CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns My Car Check, performs more than a million look-ups a day for UK companies, among them AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco and WhatCar?.


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