State Farm No Longer Insuring Hyundai or Kia

Car owners across the country have started to see what the impacts of auto theft are doing to their insurance rates, and some more than others. Certain vehicles are stolen more frequently than others, which can cause insurance rates for drivers of those cars to appear much higher. Among the list of most stolen vehicles includes Hyundai and Kia; in some instances carriers are removing them from their “insurable” list altogether, refusing to insure new customers and non-renewing current ones. State Farm, the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in the United States, has done the very thing.

Why is this? What are the options for drivers of Kia and Hyundai vehicles? How can we still get affordable auto insurance, even if we drive these vehicles? We cover this topic – and more – below.

Kia and Hyundai vehicles as top targets for auto theft

Kia and Hyundai vehicles are both being sought after by auto thieves due to their ease of access. Back in 2021, a social media “craze” popped up wherein it was demonstrated how easily these vehicles’ manufacturers’ anti-theft tech could be overridden. The easier vehicles are to steal, the likelier they’ll be stolen – and this logic applies to any vehicle, which is why we so heavily stress the importance of making your vehicle more difficult to thieves.

Now, the manufacturer oversight is being remedied. Before this, all that a thief needed to steal a Kia or Hyundai vehicle was a USB cord and a screwdriver. This was due to the fact that the vehicles being targeted did not have a specific immobilizer safety feature, leading to the hike in thefts and the vulnerability of these specific cars.

Which models of Kia and Hyundai are being targeted?

This list is subject to change as situations evolve and can depend on your specific carrier. As it stands, the following list of Kia and Hyundai are the ones being targeted by auto thieves due to their lack of immobilizer safety feature and ease of access.

The following models of Kia being targeted include:

  • 2011-2022 Sorento 
  • 2011-2022 Seltos 
  • 2021-2022 K5 
  • 2011-2021 Forte 
  • 2011-2020 Optima 
  • 2012-2021 Rio 
  • 2011-2021 Sedona 
  • 2011-2022 Sportage 
  • 2020-2022 Soul 

The following models of Hyundai are being targeted:

  • 2013-2020 Elantra GT 
  • 2020-2021 Venue 
  • 2011-2019 Sonata 
  • 2011-2022 Elantra 
  • 2013-2014 Genesis Coupe 
  • 2011-2022 Tucson 
  • 2011-2022 Kona 
  • 2019 Santa Fe XL 
  • 2020-2021 Palisade 
  • 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport 
  • 2013-2022 Santa Fe 
  • 2018-2022 Accent 
  • 2012-2017 and 2019-2021 Veloster 

How to protect your vehicle from car thieves

In a world where car theft remains a persistent concern, safeguarding your vehicle is an essential aspect of car ownership. Whether you own a popular model or a prized possession, taking proactive measures to protect your vehicle from potential theft is crucial. From leveraging advanced security technologies to adopting simple yet impactful habits, we have some key steps to help you fortify your vehicle against the ever-present threat of car thieves.

Use steering wheel locks

Consider using a steering wheel lock as an additional physical deterrent. These devices make it more challenging for thieves to steer the vehicle, even if they manage to start it.

Install a car alarm system

Invest in a reputable car alarm system that includes loud sirens and flashing lights. Visible deterrents can discourage thieves from attempting to steal your vehicle.

Be mindful of keyless entry vulnerabilities

If your vehicle has keyless entry, be aware of potential vulnerabilities. Consider using a Faraday pouch to block signals and prevent relay attacks.

Park strategically

When parking, turn your wheels toward the curb, making it more difficult for thieves to tow your vehicle. If you have a garage, use it to secure your car.

Register with a vehicle recovery service

Enroll in a vehicle recovery service that works with law enforcement to track and recover stolen vehicles. Check if your insurance provider offers such services.

Stay informed about local crime trends

Stay updated on local crime trends and be aware of any specific risks in your area. Knowledge about recent thefts can help you take extra precautions.

Educate family members

Ensure everyone in your household is aware of security measures and follows them consistently. A collective effort enhances overall vehicle security.

Can you still get insurance with a Hyundai or Kia vehicle?

There are still carriers who will insure Hyundai and Kia, so if you have been non-renewed there are options available for you. You may have to take your vehicle to your nearest dealership and request that they make theft deterrent upgrades, as well as keep the documentation to show your insurer.

Working with AHI Group can help you find the best, most affordable insurance for your Hyundai or Kia. We work with a variety of carriers, many of which are still willing to insure your Hyundai or Kia vehicles.

What you need to know to insure a Hyundai or Kia with carriers like State Farm

While State Farm and similar carriers may be refusing to insure Hyundai or Kia vehicles, there are some exceptions. To be insurable through your current carrier, whether State Farm or similar, you may need to follow one or more of these criteria:

  • Have the anti-theft security kit or software installed, plus have a copy of the service record as proof for your insurer to see.
  • Have a push button start. Usually push button models will not be affected by this new ruling. You may need to supply a photo of the push button as well as your vehicle’s VIN number.
  • Have a kill switch installed. You will need to supply documentation of this.

If you fail to meet these eligibility criteria with State Farm-like carriers, then the vehicle may still be insured – however it will be insured with liability only and cannot be insured with physical damage coverage. You won’t be able to add collision or comprehensive coverage unless you have completed one of the above eligibility criteria.

To discuss more about insuring Hyundai or Kia vehicles today, or if you’re looking for a free auto insurance quote for your Kia or Hyundai, give us a call at AHI Group.