Why do Thieves Steal Vehicles?

Reasons Behind Stealing Vehicles
Thieves steal vehicles for numerous reasons; transportation, joy rides, gang initiation, to commit other crimes, to move drugs and undocumented aliens from the mexican border into the U.S., to take them to chop shops for their parts, to change the car's identity (switch the Vehicle Identification Number) and sell them as legal vehicles.

Many vehicles are taken out of the country or shipped overseas, or owners will hide or destroy their vehicles to collect an insurance settlement.