Catalytic Converter Theft Deterrent Services
What is Catalytic Converter Theft?
A catalytic converter is an important part of your vehicle’s exhaust system. Just like its name implies, its purpose is to convert harmful exhaust pollutants or toxins into something less harmful such as water vapor or carbon dioxide. A properly functioning catalytic converter not only helps your vehicle’s emissions be more environmentally friendly, it also regulates the exhaust system so your vehicle runs more smoothly.
So, why is catalytic converter theft on the rise around the U.S.? Primarily, it’s because catalytic converters contain precious metals including platinum, rhodium, and palladium. Since the part is relatively easy to remove, especially on trucks and SUVs, thieves simply cut off the catalytic converter with a saw and sell the precious metals on the black market.
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What We Do to Help Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft
Since thieves typically look for the easiest targets, there are some ways to make your vehicle less of a target and potentially prevent catalytic converter theft.
At Good Works Auto Repair, we…
- Paint the catalytic converter orange with heat-proof paint.
- Etch your vehicle’s identification number into the catalytic converter.
- Install a catalytic converter shield so removal of the part is more difficult.
Painting the Catalytic Converter Orange
Using heat-proof paint, we paint your catalytic converter bright orange. This acts as a deterrent to would-be thieves because this catalytic converter will stand out as stolen.
Etching Your VIN Onto the Catalytic Converter
Engraving your catalytic converter with your vehicle’s unique identification number shows what type of vehicle it came from and marks it as a stolen part should it be found in the hands of someone who’s not a certified installer.
Installing a Shield / Guard For Extra Security
We install a metal shield directly over the catalytic converter. This does not interfere with its functioning but does act as a deterrent to would-be catalytic converter thieves. The part will be more difficult to remove and they’ll likely move on to the next target.
What Else Can You Do to Help Protect Your Vehicle From Catalytic Converter Theft?
In addition to the measures above, we recommend doing the following to limit your vehicle’s potential of being a target for catalytic converter theft:
- Park inside your garage instead of in your driveway.
- If you must park on a street, do so in a well-lit area.
- When parking near stores or other public buildings, park so your vehicle will be visible on security cameras.
- Set your car alarm when parked. The vibration of someone trying to cut out your catalytic converter may set off the alarm and prevent the thief from being successful.
Since replacing a stolen catalytic converter can cost thousands of dollars, we recommend following all of the security measures above to protect your vehicle and your wallet. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today for catalytic converter theft deterrent services!