Before you buy a car, you double check everything on it. You read reviews, understand the specifications, take a test drive, ask your friends, check it out online, speak to a few owners, ask on IAB's Facebook page, so on and so forth.
But do you consider the parameter of security? Well, if you are planning to buy a Mahindra Scorpio, you should most certainly read this piece!
According to the Mumbai Police, the Mahindra Scorpio is the most stolen car in Mumbai for 2011. And it turns out that thieves fancy people carriers more than anything else because the next two popular car were the Mahindra Bolero and Chevrolet Tavera.
In the hatchback segment, we see the Hyundai Santro and Tata Indica take the top honors.
This is one list that automakers will take no pride in reading.
About 1,540 four-wheelers were stolen in Mumbai in 2011, an increase of 32.75 percent over 2010. About 133 Mahindra Scorpios, 106 Mahindra Boleros, 106 Chevrolet Taveras, 106 Santros and 67 Tata Indicas constituted the list.
The following graph shows the top five models of cars that have been popular with the carjackers in Mumbai in 2010 and 2011.
The Maruti 800, an icon long dead, is still very popular with thieves. The Maruti 800 witnessed an increase of almost 9 per cent with 62 cars being stolen in 2011 and 57 being stolen in 2010.
The Maruti Esteem and Toyota Qualis were the least favored cars with both showing significant decline in stolen numbers.
So here is our top tip – If you are planning to buy a Mahindra Scorpio load it up with anti-theft gadgetry.