If you live in the UK and own a white SUV, you may want to keep an eye on it. According to Gavin Scragg, a car dealer whose business had been broken into twice in ten days, there may be a criminal syndicate who is working to fill orders in black market cars.
Mr Scragg, who owns Notrix Motor Company, told Manchester Evening News that there appears to be a trend in the kind of cars being stolen, both from dealers and from homes in the neighbouring area.
While German cars seem to be the most popular SUV stolen, most of the cars have been white. It’s this correlation between high end cars – Audi, BMW, Range Rover, etc – and the commonality of the colour which has lead Mr Scragg to believe these cars are being stolen to order.
“It isn’t just us,” said Mr Scragg, “it is other people getting them taken off their [lot], they don’t necessarily need the keys because of the equipment they have. German manufactured cars such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Volkswagen are also being targeted as perhaps that is the type of technology and diagnostic software they have.”
White cars are the most popular colour choice across the globe with some 37 per cent of all cars being coated in white. They also reflect heat better, as you’d expect, meaning they’re suitable for all climates, and thus are more in demand on the black market.