A pair of performance car thefts in Queensland, perpetrated during test drives, has moved insurer RACQ to warn owners to be vigilant in selling their car.
In one case, the owner of a BMW 335i was left stranded when the would-be buyer tore away down the road after swapping seats.
Another saw an FPV F6 stolen from right outside the owner’s home at the end of a test drive.
“In both cases the vehicles had been advertised for sale online, with the thieves visiting the owner at their homes to test drive the cars,” RACQ’s Mike Sopinski said.
“The brazen manner in which they were stolen is nothing short of astonishing, especially when you consider thieves are able to shop to order through this method of car theft.”
Mr Sopinski said that advancements in car security technology has moved thieves to “re-think their approach”, rather than simply giving the game away.
“The theft of these high performance cars while on test drives is a further example of how thieves are attempting to overcome modern car security measures,” he said.
Figures from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council show that high-performance cars were 2.5 times more likely to be stolen than standard ‘sports’ models.
Likewise, figures for profit-motivated theft of high-performance models was shown to be 4.1 times higher than for standard sports models.
Mr Sopinski said that owners should be sure to check the identity of any person responding to privately advertised vehicles for sale.