It seems that some models from Kia and Hyundai are very easy to steal. Unfortunately, the problem seems to be getting worse!
We have been hearing about this issue for more than a year now. Why is this still a problem and is your Kia at risk?
Aren’t They Fixing The Problem?
The manufacturers have offered updates and fixes. Police are offering security devices like a steering lock. But we are still hearing about these cars getting stolen. The problem is huge, and insurance companies are getting angry.
Some Companies Refuse To Insure Kias
Although some of the biggest insurance companies are now refusing to offer coverage for certain Kia models, Discount Insurance Group is still insuring these cars frequently.
The problem mostly affects those that are needing, what people refer to, as “full coverage”. It is specifically the comprehensive coverage on a policy that would protect you in the event of theft and that coverage is getting more difficult to find.
Current Kia Models That May Be Easily Stolen
- 2015-2021 Kia Forte
- 2015-2021 Kia Optima
- 2015-2016 Kia Optima Hybrid
- 2015-2021 Kia Rio (all body styles)
- 2015-2021 Kia Sedona
- 2015-2016 Kia Sorento
- 2015-2021 Kia Soul
- 2015-2021 Kia Sportage
Take Action Now If Your Kia Is On The List!
Don’t delay because this problem is getting worse. The easiest step is to ask your local Kia Dealer for a solution. We have heard that some dealers are able to add an engine immobilizer on to the car and make these cars more secure.
** Update: we have just received reports of an updated Kia being stolen right from the owner’s driveway.
Also, consider VISIBLE security devices like steering wheel locks, wheel locks, etc. Your car may be less attractive to thieves if it presents some obvious deterrence. And of course, if you have a lockable garage, make sure to put your Kia in it.
It appears that major retailers like AutoZone and Amazon have these devices in stock. Opting for the brightest and most visible color seems like a good strategy.
Auto Theft Can Happen To You
Just last month, we heard from some friends in the St. Louis area who had TWO Kias stolen right out of the driveway. And right next door on the same night, their neighbor had one lifted as well.
Even when you have good insurance coverage, going through a theft claim is a long and inconvenient process.
How To Get Insurance For Your Kia
Discount Insurance Group can still help you insure your KIA. Even if you have been turned down elsewhere, Discount Insurance Group has access to several different insurance companies. At this point, we still have several good carriers willing to put “full coverage” on Kias.
Example: A young lady from St. Peters, MO called us because her State Farm policy had recently cancelled and they were not willing to insure her Kia again. We had no problem finding her the coverage that she wanted and we are happy to have her as a new customer.