Integra Tops Among Car Thieves

In a photo provided by the Honda Motor Co., a 1999 Acura Integra 4-Door LS is shown. The 1999 Acura Integra coupe was the most-stolen vehicle last year in 2004 and Integras from other model years weren't far behind, likely the targets of street racers who want their fast engines, according to a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2005.
If you think your Acura Integra is fast and gorgeous, you aren't alone. The car model was one of the most-stolen last year — likely the target of street racers.

According to a report released Tuesday, the 1999 Acura Integra coupe was the single most swiped vehicle in 2004, while Integras from other model years weren't far behind.

The list was released by Chicago-based CCC Information Services Inc., an insurance industry tracker of theft and vehicle damage. It compares loss claims to the total number of registered vehicles.

The 2002 BMW M Roadster was No. 2 on the list and the 1998 Acura Integra was third. Other vehicles in the top 10 include the 1991 GMC V2500, the 2002 Audi S4 and the 2004 Mercury Marauder.

Jeanene O'Brien, CCC's director of marketing services, said an upsurge in street racing may be responsible for the appearance of the Integra and other fast cars on the list.

"We can never say for sure why a car's stolen, but we can look at the data and make some interesting assumptions," O'Brien said.

She said the Integra, which was replaced by the RSX in the 2002 model year, also may be targeted for its parts. Acura is Honda Motor Co.'s luxury brand, and the Integra engine can fit into other Hondas, for example.

O'Brien said it's difficult to overstate the value of vehicle parts. A 2000 Honda Accord LX cost $22,365 when it was new but would cost $68,065 if it were built entirely from Honda replacement parts, she said.