Top Junked Car by State in 2021

Top Junked Car by State in 2021

Have you ever wondered which cars are getting junked in your state and how it compares to the 49 other states in the nation? No? Just us?

Ok, so maybe it’s not a burning question that you’ve always needed to know, but still, the stats are kind of interesting. We’ve taken the liberty of compiling the information so you can see how brands measure up and which ones are getting put out to pasture. We start off by looking at the nation as a whole before breaking it down by region.

Vehicle Total
Honda Accord 21
Nissan Altima 5
Toyota Camry 5
Honda Civic 4
Chevrolet Malibu 3
Chevrolet Impala 3
Ford F-150 2
Chevrolet Tahoe 1
Dodge Stratus 1
Ford Crown Victoria 1
Ford Escape 1
Ford Fusion 1
Ford Ranger 1
Jeep Liberty 1
Lincoln MKX 1

What Do the National Trends Say?

All signs point to Honda — specifically the Accord and (to a lesser extent) the Civic. It’s not that they win in every state, but seriously, they take up a massive swath of the country. Durable and affordable, people seem ready and willing to ride these things into the ground. (By that logic, it shouldn’t come as a shock then to tell you that Toyota didn’t fare too badly either.)

Of course, even if Honda takes the cake, that doesn’t mean it swept every category. The Camry did quite well, ranking as the sole model on the list from the brand. Almost every state had some type of sedan take the #1 slot, but not always. The Ford Escape, Chevy Tahoe, and Chrysler Liberty all made the board, as did a few of Ford’s more popular trucks in several states.

Junked cars say more about popularity of a make and model in a state than they do about the integrity of a brand. After all, no vehicle can last forever. Still, some of the numbers here may subvert your expectations — particularly when you consider the climate and natural environment of each territory.

Top Junked Car by Western States in 2021

The Western States

From rainy Seattle to sun-baked California to mountainous Colorado, the Western states see nearly every kind of weather and terrain. Our list also includes the island state of Hawaii and a state that’s just about double the size of Texas (also known as Alaska):

  • While Honda was still the most popular car here, at 7 out of 11 states. However, there was a fairly even split between the Accord and the Civic (at 4 and 3 respectively).
  • Toyota came in at number 2 in the West, with 3 states favoring the Camry as their junk car of choice.
  • The outlier in this group was undoubtedly Wyoming with the Dodge Stratus. This is the only state in the nation that featured a model from Dodge.

You might have thought that the two states off the mainland would have strayed off the beaten path, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Hawaii went for the Camry and snowy Alaska for the Civic.


 

Top Junked Car by Southwestern States in 2021

The Southeast States

Southerners may not have to deal with a lot of snow, but they will have to put up with some serious precipitation. Their picks favored the heftier mid-size vehicles:

  • 7 out of 12 states in this territory all had the same Honda as their top junked car: the Accord. Known for its ability to easily reach 200k miles on the odometer, there’s a lot to be said for this model’s appeal.
  • 3 out of 12 states favored the Nissan Altima, including hurricane-prone Florida. This comfortable favorite is popular with burgeoning families and young professionals alike.
  • The lone wolves in this region are Alabama with the Toyota Camry and Kentucky with the Ford Ranger.

No other region in the US favored the Accord as heavily as the Southeast states. You’d think everyone has one either stowed in the garage or hanging out in their driveway.


 

Top Junked Car by Midwest States in 2021

The Midwestern States

While car factories may have played musical chairs for the last few decades or so, their vestiges remain. The number of states that favor American cars is notable in this region (as you might expect):

  • Chevy absolutely dominates in this region, clocking in at 7 of 12 states. The Malibu and Impala saw an even split with 3 states apiece and the Tahoe claimed North Dakota for its own.
  • There’s no clear runner-up in the Midwest. Ohio went for the Honda Accord, Wisconsin for the Chrysler Liberty (the only time Chrysler makes the list), and Nebraska for the Toyota Camry.

The Midwest was the only place where a foreign car didn’t win or at least tie with the other states. Chevrolet’s headquarters are still in Michigan, a state that junked the Malibu the most. However, it’s clear that their influence is still felt all throughout the rust belt. (In fact, it’s a little surprising that Ohio ended up in the Honda camp).


 

Top Junked Car by Southeastern States in 2021

The Southeast States

Southerners may not have to deal with a lot of snow, but they will have to put up with some serious precipitation. Their picks favored the heftier mid-size vehicles:

  • 7 out of 12 states in this territory all had the same Honda as their top junked car: the Accord. Known for its ability to easily reach 200k miles on the odometer, there’s a lot to be said for this model’s appeal.
  • 3 out of 12 states favored the Nissan Altima, including hurricane-prone Florida. This comfortable favorite is popular with burgeoning families and young professionals alike.
  • The lone wolves in this region are Alabama with the Toyota Camry and Kentucky with the Ford Ranger.

No other region in the US favored the Accord as heavily as the Southeast states. You’d think everyone has one either stowed in the garage or hanging out in their driveway.


 

Top Junked Car by Northeast States in 2021

The Northeastern States (+ Washington DC)

Autumn might be beautiful in New England, but it’s followed by some of the most brutal winters you could ever imagine. Still, even with all those unexpected storms, we see some of the same patterns as its warmer counterparts:

  • Honda again saw victory here, taking a whopping 8 out of 12. As with the Southeastern states, the Accord ranked supreme in 7 states. Only Pennsylvania diverged with the Civic.
  • Ford snagged the number 2 position, at 2 states and our nation’s capital. The Crown Victoria won in DC and the Fusion in Vermont. Somewhat unsurprisingly, icy Maine went for the Ford Escape.
  • We see one Lincoln on the Northeast list, with Delaware favoring the MKX. (This is the sole time that you’ll see Lincoln on our list.)

When that Honda is knocking on death’s door in the Northeast, it seems the best place for it is the scrapyard.

A List of The Top Junked Car By State in 2021

Alaska - Honda Civic
Arizona - Honda Accord
Arkansas - Honda Accord
California - Honda Accord
Colorado - Honda Accord
Connecticut - Honda Accord
Delaware - Lincoln Mkx
District of Columbia - Ford Crown Victoria
Florida - Nissan Altima
Georgia - Honda Accord
Hawaii - Toyota Camry
Idaho - Honda Accord
Illinois - Nissan Altima
Indiana - Chevrolet Malibu
Iowa - Nissan Altima
Kansas - Chevrolet Impala
Kentucky - Ford Ranger
Louisiana - Honda Accord
Maine - Ford Escape
Maryland - Honda Accord
Massachusetts - Honda Accord
Michigan - Chevrolet Malibu
Minnesota - Chevrolet Malibu
Mississippi - Nissan Altima
Missouri - Chevrolet Impala
Montana - Honda Civic
Nebraska - Toyota Camry
Nevada - Toyota Camry
New Hampshire - Honda Accord
New Jersey - Honda Accord
New Mexico - Ford F-150
New York - Honda Accord
North Carolina - Honda Accord
North Dakota - Chevrolet Tahoe
Ohio - Honda Accord
Oklahoma - Ford F-150
Oregon - Honda Civic
Pennsylvania - Honda Civic
Rhode Island - Honda Accord
South Carolina - Honda Accord
South Dakota - Chevrolet Impala
Tennessee - Nissan Altima
Texas - Honda Accord
Utah - Toyota Camry
Vermont - Ford Fusion
Virginia - Honda Accord
Washington - Honda Accord
West Virginia - Honda Accord
Wisconsin - Jeep Liberty
Wyoming - Dodge Stratus

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