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Posted on: February 13, 2023

Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic Converter Theft

A catalytic converter is a part of your car's engine exhaust system.  Catalytic converters contain rhodium, platinum, and palladium - precious metals more valuable than gold.  For this reason, thieves steal them to sell the precious metals they contain.  These parts can cost upwards of $2,000 to replace.  

Three ways to protect against catalytic converter theft:

  • Etch your license plate number or VIN onto your catalytic converter
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Install an anti-theft device

Stay vigilant - typically, catalytic converters are removed with grinding tools or sawzalls which create loud noise.  Suspicious activity can be reported to police by calling 9-1-1.

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