- The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most stolen luxury car, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
- The BMW 3 Series took the second spot in the report, followed by the Infiniti G Series.
- Mercedes-Benz is a top choice among thieves, who also tend to target the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, the report said.
DES PLAINES, Illinois — The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most stolen luxury car, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
The BMW 3 Series took the second spot in the report, followed by the Infiniti G Series.
Mercedes-Benz is a top choice among thieves, who also tend to target the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, the report said. The E-Class and S-Class made the top 10 list, along with the Acura TSX, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Lexus IS and Lincoln MKZ.
"Compact luxury vehicles make up the majority of the list with five of the top 10 theft makes and models, followed closely by midsize luxury vehicles with four of the top 10," the report noted.
Thieves target these cars "due to their high dollar value and status," the report said.
California had the most luxury vehicle thefts of any state with 1,063 thefts reported, followed by Florida and New Jersey. South Dakota and Wyoming posted one theft each.
There were 4,384 2010-'12 luxury vehicles reported stolen in the U.S. between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. Of those, 16.3 percent remained unrecovered as of March 31, 2013. Compact luxury vehicles had the most unrecovered thefts by volume.
The Infiniti G Series had the highest number of unrecovered thefts, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The study is based on thefts entered in the National Crime Information Center database.
Illegal exports are also a huge problem with luxury cars, the report said.
"Many times luxury vehicles are leased or purchased on a payment plan and then the vehicles are quickly exported out of the country," said the National Insurance Crime Bureau in a statement. "These are thefts by fraud or financial schemes and are not always entered into (the NCIC) database as standard vehicle thefts."
Edmunds says: If you own a Mercedes-Benz or are thinking about buying one, be forewarned that those cars in particular are the top choice among thieves.