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Mercedes Top Luxury Brand for Car Thieves

California accounts for a quarter of all stolen luxury models.

by on Jul.30, 2013

Mercedes had three models on the Top 10 list of stolen luxury vehicles, according to the NICB.

Car theft has begun to rise again, according to recent reports, and while thieves often target mainstream vehicles that can readily be resold or stripped down for parts, luxury cars are far from immune.

And a new study suggests that Mercedes-Benz is the brand car thieves seem to be targeting the most, with three models – the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class – among the Top 10 most frequently stolen luxury vehicles, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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German vehicles, in general, were among the most frequently stolen high-line products, perhaps no surprise considering brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW – which had two models in the Top 10 – are also the luxury segment sales leaders. Each of Japan’s three upscale brands had a single model on the list, as did Detroit’s Lincoln and Cadillac.

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