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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 more often on vehicles with more ground clearance, like SUVs and trucks, no car is safe. To protect your vehicle against thieves, we recommend adding a catalytic converter lock. This metal covering can secure your catalytic converter and make it way more challenging for someone to rob you. A small investment in a catalytic converter lock can save you from undergoing a complete replacement, which can cost you upwards of $2000-$3000. At TLS Motorworks, our team can help you install a precision laser-cut aluminum guard on your Japanese vehicle. We can add locks to the following vehicle makes and models:

  • Toyota: Prius, Prius V, Prius C, Tacoma, Tundra 
  • Nissan: NV 200
  • Honda: Element

Benefits of Catalytic Converter Locks 

  • They are constructed with heavy gauge stainless steel.
  • The lock is restrained with fasteners instead of screws, making it more difficult to remove.
  • It blocks physical access to other parts, including the oxygen sensor and assembly.
  • No welding is required to assemble it.
  • It can improve underbody aerodynamics and boost fuel economy.

If you are afraid of your car's catalytic converter being targeted, take action now by asking us for a quote today. We invite you to our auto repair shop in Chamblee, GA, for all your vehicle needs. The experienced service team at TLS Motorworks always has your back.

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