Your catalytic converter, the part in your exhaust system which turns toxic emissions into less harmful substances, contains this precious metal palladium. With the rising prices for valuable metals like this one, the numbers for catalytic converter theft are also currently rising. Here are some tips on how to prevent and slow down thieves dismantling your car:
Prevent catalytic converter theft by:
- Parking closer to walls, other vehicles or close to the kerb, to make climbing under your car more difficult.
- Marking the catalytic converter with an engraved serial number can allow easier tracing as well making it harder to sell.
- Welding the bolts if the converter is bolted on. This does not stop thieves but makes it harder to remove the converter using only a spanner. The downside to consider is that it not only makes it harder for thieves but also mechanics when they are working on your exhaust system.
- Get a protective cover fitted to make it more difficult for thieves to remove the converter.
- Get a catalytic converter alarm that is set off when the catalytic converter is tempered with.
- Increased security measures, e.g. if possible park in a lockable garage, fencing, park in well-lit areas or CCTV.
What to do if the catalytic converter has been stolen?
In the case when your catalytic converter has been stolen, additional damage might have been caused to the exhaust system. As the converter is removed by force, the act of removal can have damaged surrounding parts as well. This means that you will need to have a mechanic take a thorough look at the exhaust system to determine the extent if other parts of the system have to be replaced as well.
In these cases, our in-house mechanics can help advise you to get your vehicle fixed.