Assume that your old beater is safe from theft
No matter how old and beat up your car is, you can never completely rule out the possibility of theft.
"Many times [old cars] are easier to break into," says Walker says. "Many times these models are stolen for parts, because they are easy to sell on the stolen parts market."
Staton says parts from a dismantled car may sell for much more than the car could command if sold intact.
In some cases, criminals don't care about the value of the car they're stealing. They simply need temporary transportation.