Car theft for spare parts began on a large scale in Russia

The number of car thefts in Russia began to increase significantly: by the end of 2022, they began to be stolen 25% more often than in previous months. According to Polygon, citing sources from insurance companies and law enforcement agencies, thefts of specific cars made to order have become high in the country. Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, sanctions and the departure of automakers from the country, they are increasingly being dismantled for spare parts, which are becoming increasingly scarce on sale.

“A person consciously turns to one or another organized criminal group with a request to drive a specific car in a specific configuration. The peculiarity of the current period lies in the fact that if earlier cars were stolen specifically to order for further operation, now such instances are often dismantled for spare parts, ”says the publication. the interlocutor said.

Donor cars are popular in taxi companies, where the depreciation format of cars requires constant replacement of spare parts, explained automotive expert Yulia Kabalinova. “Well, the story of the taxi is not new, it’s just that now its scale has increased a lot,” he said.

The lack of legal spare parts on sale also affects insurers: companies have practically stopped repairing cars, said Petr Shakumtov, coordinator of the Blue Buckets movement.

“The share of repairs in OSAGO has been reduced to almost zero. The state does not want to change anything in the scheme yet – the requirements for car repair remain the same. At the same time, legal repair became nearly impossible. Not because insurance companies are so bad, but because they are over-regulated and cannot access details of unknown origin, ”said the expert.

The most stolen cars in almost all regions are cars in the middle price segment. The absolute superiority in the top 10 most stolen cars in Russia according to the results of last year belongs to the Korean brands Hyundai and Kia.

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