Catalytic Converter Theft.
A catalytic converter is part of a vehicles exhaust system. Every petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicle has one. It converts toxic gases produced by the combustion of fossil fuels into less-toxic pollutants. This is achieved by a chemical reaction in the convertor aided by the presence of precious metals (eg. platinum, palladium and rhodium).
Issue: The precious metals contained within in catalytic converters are targeted by thieves who can jack-up your parked car and steal its converter in 60-90 seconds. Replacement of the stolen converter can cost thousands!
Got a Hybrid ? : Older petrol and diesel car convertors contain platinum however modern Hybrid cars are prime targets today - they use more valuable palladium and rhodium metals.
Why do I need to worry ?
Losing a convertor takes seconds rendering your vehicle unroadworthy and unusable.
Replacing a catalytic converter at a dealer using new genuine replacement can cost thousands!
Insurance can cover the loss, but you may need to pay claim excesses and face increased premiums in future.
What can I do to reduce risk?
Sadly the thieves are very brazen. They target cars on private drives, parked in side streets, main roads and even public car parks.
What precautions can I buy ?
Ensure your car alarm has MOTION & IMPACT sensing - to detect when the car is being jacked up. If not, upgrade with a third-party alarm and fit STICKERS to warn the thieves.
Have an anti-theft cover fitted to your car's catalytic convertor. Many dealers & garages offer third-party protection covers - consult your dealer or search web for options for your car.
Have your convertor "security marked" with your VIN or REGISTRATION plate - criminals and dealers are so brazen so this is unlikely to prevent theft but it may enable a prosecution if thieves are caught by police.