Insurance Companies Are Refusing to Cover Certain Hyundai and Kia Models

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

You’ve probably heard about the TikTok-inspired uptick in Hyundai and Kia thefts, where the lack of an immobilizer has given thieves an open invitation. Beyond the stress that your car could be stolen at any time, insurance companies now appear to be less willing to cover the vehicles. 

The Drive spoke with Progressive Insurance, which said it had stopped issuing new policies to some Hyundai and Kia vehicles. A spokesperson told the publication that “due to the theft risk that some Hyundai and Kia vehicles present, in many cases, it makes these vehicles difficult to insure, so in certain areas of the country, we have adjusted our acceptance criteria for new business.”

The changes do not affect existing policyholders, but it certainly puts a damper on anyone hoping to grab a used car and get it insured. The Drive’s staff reached out to several other insurers in different areas of the country, discovering that several were unwilling to issue new policies. Progressive denied policies for a Kia Soul in Denver, and news outlets in other cities have reported similar outcomes. 

Those that don’t deny insurance coverage outright charge much more for the privilege. One driver told his local newspaper in St. Louis that Progressive would cover his car but would charge $350 monthly. 

[Image: Hyundai]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Jan 27, 2023

    I'm out of the loop on this situation.

    So, does my 2017 Sportage have an immobilizer or not?

    What's the tipping point for has/doesn't have ?

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    • Doc423 Doc423 on Feb 24, 2023

      Maybe check your original factory price window sticker or Monroney sticker, if you still have it, would have listed if it has an immobilizer or not.

  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Jan 27, 2023

    Looks like investing in that $99 gadget would be worthwhile

  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Feb 24, 2023

    Problem solved. Got a letter from Kia saying a free software update for my Sportage can be done on the next service, March 6th it is!

  • John John on Jun 14, 2023

    I find this whole affair to be ludicrous. Cars WITH 'immobilizers' are still just as easily stolen.

    But a tiktok video comes out and suddenly Kia is the bad guy.

    Maybe if they punished car thieves, this wouldn't be such an issue?

    • Johnds Johnds on Jul 20, 2023

      Stats show otherwise. It’s very bad, and these cars are being joy rided per tik tok. The civics from 25 years ago were stolen and parted out, not crashed into innocent people.