They're both nightmare scenarios for a car owner - losing one of your most prized possessions to a car thief or finding that it's been written off after irreparable damage. Both situations are an inevitable hassle to sort out and, crucially, leave you without a car to rely on day to day.
Worse still, losing a car to unrecovered theft or a vehicle write off can also leave you with an expensive shortfall between your insurance payout and what you still owe on a car finance plan.
We've done a little digging to shed light on exactly how many cars have met one of these fates over the last year or so - and it's alarming reading for drivers. Take a look at our infographic below to find out how many cars have been written off in recent months, how many cars were stolen in 2019 and even which makes and models are the most targeted by car thieves.
But it's not all doom and gloom. There is a way to ensure that even if the worst happens, you won't be left without the means to buy a new car to replace the one stolen or written off, as we explain below.
Learn more about the RAC Combined GAP & RTI insurance we offer here at Carbase as part of our Members' Protection Programme.
Or, if you're looking for a used car or van now, take a look at our current collection.
What is a write off?
A written off car or van is either damaged beyond repair or would cost more to repair than its worth.
Is GAP Insurance worth buying?
If you want to have the added protection and safety in case your car or van was to be written off or stolen, then the answer is yes. Learn more through our helpful guide.
What is RAC Combined Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) & Return To Invoice (RTI) Insurance?
If your vehicle is written off or stolen and declared a total loss by your motor insurer, our Combined GAP & RTI insurance will cover the difference between the vehicle's market value and the net invoice price you paid for it or any outstanding finance (whichever is greater). Protect your car or van with RAC Combined GAP Insurance today!