We all might have a 'dream car' we would like to buy someday, but outside of that dream, are you very particular about what kind of car you drive? I am not, and I realize that probably places me in the minority.


What Do You Look For When Buying a New Car?

When it comes to buying a new, (or used) car, my requirements are pretty simple; I want it to look nice, drive well, fit my family's needs, and not cause me any problems. I am not fussy about what brand of car I drive, the color, or even the style most of the time. I just don't want any lemons.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, you should probably be aware that moneygeek.com just published a new list of the most stolen cars in Illinois, and I'm willing to bet a lot of you have one of these brands and/or models sitting in your driveway right now.

The Most Stolen Cars in Illinois

Before we zero in on the cars most stolen in Illinois, let me tell you that according to Money Geek's findings, a Full-Size Ford Pickup is the most stolen car in all of America. If you drive a Ford truck and are now slightly panicking, relax. That is not the case in Illinois...full-size Ford trucks made the list at #6.

Here are the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in Illinois according to moneygeek.com;

 10. 2017 Ford Fusion

 9. 2019/2020 Honda Accord

 8. 2000 Honda Civic

 7. 2019 Dodge Charger

 6. 2005 Ford Pickup (Full-Size)

 5. 2007 Toyota Camry

 4. 2008 Chevrolet Impala

 3. 2020 Nissan Altima

 2. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

 1. 2015 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

I don't know about you, but I'm kind of surprised that the newest make of vehicle on that list is from 2020. If you're going to risk jail time for car theft, wouldn't you want to go big or go home?

Seriously though, Money Geek's article says factors that lead to these models of vehicles being stolen more often than others include, how easy it is to steal them and the high demand for these vehicle parts.

If you own one of these makes/models or have been thinking about buying one, you should probably set aside some money to install high-quality anti-theft devices on them. Better safe than sorry.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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