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How to Protect Your Car Against Catalytic Converter Theft

How to Protect Your Car Against Catalytic Converter Theft

The catalytic converter is a vital part of your vehicle's exhaust system, and it has been built in cars as early as the '70s. This metallic piece is made to convert toxic combustion gasses into less harmful gasses, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide. Without the "cat", your vehicle will see an increase in harmful emissions and a reduction in engine performance.   While problems with the catalytic converter are not as common, catalytic converter theft has been a major problem for years. Thieves often target this part of your car because it contains precious metals (platinum, rhodium, and palladium). According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the US has seen more than 25,000 cases of stolen catalytic converters between 2008 and 2015, with Georgia being the 5th state with the most cases. Because of the rise in metal prices in the last couple of years, catalytic converter theft is once again on the rise.    While catalytic converter theft occurs ... read more

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