Top 10 Stolen Cars of 2010

Chevrolet Avalanche
The Chevrolet Avalanche
The Chevrolet Avalanche
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Another full-size pickup on the list, the Chevrolet Avalanche was stolen at a rate of 7.4 for every 1,000 insured vehicles in 2010 [source: Highway Loss Data Institute]. Parts from General Motors SUVs and trucks are easily interchangeable because they are built on the same platform. So, parts from the Chevrolet Avalanche can be used in other popular rides like the Cadillac Escalade [source: Edmunds]. Since a large number of stolen cars in the United States end up in chop shops, vehicles whose parts can be used in multiple models are particularly useful to thieves [source: U.S. Senate]. Those parts become easier to turn around for a quick and easy profit.