Catalytic converter theft is a crime that can cost car owners hundreds of dollars. It happens in broad daylight and in public places. All thieves need is a battery operated saw and a few minutes to cripple your car and set you back hundreds of dollars.
Even worse, catalytic converter theft is on the rise in the Kansas City and Overland Park area.
Why? Because the catalytic converter contains valuable precious metals which can sell at scrap yards for over $100.
If your car has been left in a public place like an airport parking lot or a parking garage for an extended period of time, you are at greater risk for catalytic converter theft. Thieves also prefer vehicles like trucks and SUVs that sit higher off the ground, making them easier to maneuver under.
Most motorists newly missing a catalytic converter know immediately that something is wrong. As soon as they turn the ignition, they’ll notice that the engine sounds loud like a motorcycle and vibrates violently. They may also smell toxic emissions inside their vehicle.
Tips to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft
What can you do to prevent thieves from targeting your car?
- Park in a well-lit, busy area. Keep an eye on your car if possible.
- Move your car frequently. Catalytic converter thieves are tempted by cars that sit in the same spot for a long time.
- Engrave your license plate number on the catalytic converter. This way, if it is recovered, it can be traced back to you.
- Talk to an automotive professional about installing a catalytic converter lock on your vehicle.
If you do find yourself a victim of catalytic converter theft, be sure to report the crime to Overland Park or Kansas City police. And while the car will run without the converter, resist the temptation to avoid repair. You risk the hassle of the noise and vibration coupled with the danger of toxic emissions leaking into your vehicle. Call the trusted automotive experts at Sallas Auto Repair at (816) 765-6060 to discuss options to protect yourself and your car.