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Why Are Catalytic Converters Stolen?

Catalytic converters convert exhaust and pollutants from your car into less harmful gases. With out them, our vehicles would emit many more pollutants. Catalytic converters are necessary parts of our cars, but they are also popular targets for thieves. Here at Thunderbird Auto, we’ve helped a lot of people repair or re-install their catalytic converters, and wanted to talk today about why thieves like to target them.

Why Are Catalytic Converters Specifically Targeted?

The answer lies in the precious metals that are necessary for the construction of catalytic converters. Precious metals like platinum, rhodium, and palladium. Thieves steal converters and scrap them. Ever since their invention, converters have been seen by thieves as great opportunities. It only takes a few minutes for them to cut out a catalytic converter from your vehicle, and the process will leave you with thousands of dollars in damage.

What Should You Do if Your Converters are Stolen?

As soon as you discover your vehicle’s catalytic converters have been taken, you should immediately contact your local authorities. Your local police will be able to advise you further as they conduct their investigation. Next you should contact your insurance company and notify them of the theft.

Can I Drive Without My “Cat” Converters?

Yes, your vehicle will still function without the converters, but you will notice some significant issues. Your vehicle will give out a terribly loud noise, and will provide rough steering and acceleration. Additionally, without fully functioning catalytic converters, your vehicle won’t be able to pass any inspection or emission tests.

Have Your Car or Truck Repaired By a Professional Auto-Mechanic

If your catalytic converters have been stolen (and you’ve already spoken with the authorities and your insurance company), you’ll need to have them replaced by an auto-mechanic. At Thunderbird Auto, we’ve been providing auto maintenance services for years, and we hope to be able to do so for many more. Give us a call today to learn about the services we can provide.

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