Why are thieves targeting Honda Fits?

Posted at 9:07 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 00:07:13-04

Solid gas mileage and affordability make the Honda Fit one of the more popular cars in California. 

"My brother was the first to buy a Honda Fit, he loved it, so my husband bought a Honda Fit. I loved it, so I bought a Honda Fit, now my dad bought a Honda Fit," said San Diegan Elana Godebu.

The car's base price is $15,890, and it gets about 40 miles per gallon on the highway. 

But the alloy wheels on some trims are becoming a hot ticket item for thieves. A report from the Highway Loss Data Institute says its wheels make for a popular low ride look on custom race cars, and also can go on Honda Civics. The institute's recent data shows more theft claims from Fit owners than its counter parts like the Fort Fiesta, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. 

"The cost of the claims for the Honda Fit are well below average, and what that would indicate that we're looking at here is likely theft of vehicle parts, as opposed to whole vehicle theft," said Matt Moore, the institute's vice president.

The organization says auto theft is more common San Diego because it's a port city. Still, Godebu says she's staying loyal to her Fit.

"It never occurred to me that my Honda Fit might get its tires stolen and I still don't think it will," she said. 

She noted that her friend in Clairemont got all four of his tires stolen a little more than a month ago. He, however, drives a Toyota Prius.

Honda offers wheel locks for the Fit on its website, which cost $56.