Even though Fiat acquired them in 2014, Chrysler still remains one of the top three American auto manufacturers. In addition to their own line of vehicles, they are the parent company of Jeep, Dodge and RAM trucks.
Chrysler is the seventh-largest automaker in the world when measured in production volume. Over the past 90 years, they have manufactured some of America's most popular cars.
Even today, they continue to make some of the best-selling cars in the industry when you compare production volume to ownership levels in American households.
In 2015, Automotive News ranked RAM, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles in the top 10 for North American car brands. Jeep, Dodge and RAM were among the top 20 brands in sales for North America that same year.
In terms of individual vehicle ownership, 11 million people in the US owned or leased a Chrysler in 2015, according to a Nielsen Survey.
Furthermore, 3.1% of those households said they had an annual income of more than $200,000, and a little more than 6.25% of Americans reported living in a home where a family member's most recently acquired vehicle was a Chrysler.
And if you rent a vehicle from a major car rental agency, Fortune Magazine says it's more than likely going to be a Chrysler.
Their consumer popularity also makes Chrysler brand vehicles popular among thieves. Since Chrysler vehicles are targets of theft, you will want to make sure your vehicle, and finances, are properly covered with the right Chrysler insurance.
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The Car People Love to Drive and Thieves Love to Steal
With such a storied history and solid track record, it's no wonder the Chrysler brand is so popular with American consumers. These cars are also popular with another group as well: thieves.
In 2008, the Dodge Charger was number 4 on the list of vehicles that were stolen most often in the United States. In 2014, it was number 6 on the list; 680 were stolen. This list is published every year by the National Insurance Crime Bureau and is known as the “Hot Wheels” list.
So how do you prevent theft? There are four things to keep in mind.
- Lock your vehicle. This is just good old-fashioned common sense. Make sure you keep your keys on your person, in your pocket or purse.
- Car alarms. Anything that makes noise or makes your lights flash is a theft deterrent.
- Immobilization devices. Smart keys, kill switches and fuel cut-off devices will keep your car in place.
- Tracking Devices. It is hard to steal a car if the police can track its every move. There are multiple types on the market that utilize everything from GPS to Blue Tooth remote tracking to keep police in the loop.
Also, be sure to check your auto insurance. It is a good idea to have comprehensive insurance on your vehicle in case it is stolen or vandalized. Speak to a Trusted Choice® agent about obtaining this type of coverage. If your vehicle is prone to theft, you will want to make sure your insurance policy is adequate.
Costs of Ownership and Insurance
These are the estimated ownership costs for some of the most popular Chrysler vehicles. The insurance costs shown above are estimates, too. Remember, there are several factors that influence your overall insurance rate, such as:
- Your driving record
- How often you drive your vehicle
- Where you live
- Your gender
- Your age
- The amount of coverage you need
- Your credit
- The type of vehicle you drive
If your vehicle is prone to theft because of the model or area of the country where you live, you are likely to pay a higher insurance rate. The good news is it that only affects one part of your auto insurance policy, comprehensive coverage.
Steering wheel locks, GPS, and other theft-deterrent features could lower your insurance premiums. Ultimately, though, it is always best to speak with a Trusted Choice independent insurance agent to get the best rates and right amount of coverage.
Where to Get Chrysler Insurance Quotes
So no matter whether you drive a Chrysler 300 or a Dodge Charger, independent agents are your best option for finding the coverage you need. Your agent can make comparison shopping easy by helping you determine your coverage needs and then obtaining quotes from multiple agencies so you can shop for value.
Be sure to ask your Trusted Choice agent about your specific circumstances, as each situation is unique. This will help you get the best Chrysler insurance policy possible. Contact your local agent today.