You’re probably curious about how we got to know the dream cars of hijackers in South Africa. What will be the consequences of claiming we interviewed these hijackers? Certainly, South Africans who lost their car(s) will ultimately require us to reveal the identities of the car thieves we interviewed. Now imagine the burden of being bothered by 11,221 victims of carjackings between 2013 and 2014 let-alone by those involved in the reported 56,870 cases of motor vehicles and motorcycle theft.
Anyway, the logic is quite simple because the brand of cars South Africans purchase most are the most sought-after cars to steal. It is always easier for thieves to sell what’s in high demand and readily available. As such, TSA rightly noted that “as South Africa’s roads are bumper to bumper with Toyota and Volkswagen… stealing a Polo Vivo or a Toyota Etios becomes that much easier in terms of re-selling locally, exporting or selling parts.” This goes on to support the idea that it makes absolutely no sense for criminals to perfect a carjacking skill for a unique brand of car that can hardly be seen. They will have limited selling options and that’s bad for their thievery enterprise.
In other words, the under-listed are equally a countdown of the top 10 most sold cars in South Africa excluding Mercedes-Benz, Kia and Hyundai. This is so because their data are not documented in the report outlining the figures of recent cars sold in South Africa as released by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Here’re The Top 10 Dream Cars Of Hijackers In South Africa
10. Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet claims that “from downtown to uptown and everywhere in between, Spark offers the spunk and versatility to tackle almost any city street.” As such, they urged us all to “Embrace the freedom of the city”. 754 South Africans evidently embraced this freedom as 754 Chevrolet Spark was sold in South Africa just in the Month of May. Depending on your favourite model, Spark’s price is within the range of R140,000 to R150,000. Since almost everyone has a Spark, a hijacker would certainly have no trouble selling or using it.
9. Ford Fiesta
As seen in the report, 1,556 new Ford Fiestas have been sold between April and May 2015. Presently, the price of a Ford Fiesta depending on the model ranges from R198,900 to R276,900 Vat included. The car might be petite but it has what every hijacker wants.
8. Volkswagen Golf
Between February and May 2015, 2,441 new Golfs have been sold in South Africa and almost as many have been snatched or hijacked. Next time you decide to buy the latest car in town, make sure you are not buying a car for someone else who needs it more than you do or who has the power to take it from you whenever they want.
7. BMW 3 Series
From when men began to drive cars, the love for BMW has not diminished one bit, if anything the demand seems to be increasing with each finer and more quality model. Since the beginning of this year, a total of 4,029 new BMW 3 Series have been sold in South Africa. What better way for a criminal to live big than to own a BMW.
6. Ford Figo
Whatever be the model of Ford Figo, the price is estimated not to exceed R160,000 Vat included. Apparently, Ford Figo is so far the second most popular Ford in South Africa after Ford EcoSport. As documented, 4,038 Ford Figo has been sold. If you can bring out such a huge amount to get a car, you might as well cough up more for insurance and install every necessary protection detail.
5. Ford EcoSport
The price of whatever Ford EcoSport model including Vat ranges from R213,900 to 274,900. With the great features of this car, it’s no surprise that 5,389 of it were sold from January to May 2015. This is certainly every man’s dream and, the last time we checked, hijackers are human too.
4. Toyota Etios
As seen in the Department of Trade and Industry report, 7,198 of this car brand has been sold in South Africa since the beginning of 2015.
3. Other Toyota Brands
Collectively, it was recorded that 9,059 of Toyota Corolla, Auris and Corolla Quest were sold from the beginning of this year to the month of May 2015.
2. Volkswagen Polo
Within the first 5 months of 2015, a total number of 10,102 new Volkswagen Polo have been sold. The value of Volkswagen Polo is valued between R200,000 to R260,000 depending on the model.
1. Polo Vivo
And the most sought after car by bought citizens and criminals alike is none other than our most beloved Polo Vivo. It is the most sold car in South Africa within the months of January to the month of May. As reported, 11,845 of new Polo Vivo have been sold. But if you check the records properly, you’ll realize that the amount of Polo Vivo that has been snatched is equally huge.