Sunday, May 18, 2014

Catalytic Converter Chaos

Catalytic converter theft has been going on all over Chicago.  A reader recently spotted this sign on Wilson Avenue near Clark.

The thieves use a Sawzall, which enables them to get under your vehicle and remove the catalytic converter in only a few minutes.  They get $50 or so for the precious metals contained in it, and it costs you considerably more to replace it.

In previous posts, we repeated the advice of experts:  "There are deterrents -- engraving your license plate number on your catalytic converter, having it welded to the car frame, or asking a muffler shop attach some extra metal to make it harder to remove.  The best deterrent is to look out for your neighbors and call 911 if you see anyone inspecting their cars or lying or crouching near it. A reminder to call 911 if you see any suspicious behavior."

We imagine that any mechanics shop or body shop in the area would be glad to weld some braces to your car to discourage theft.  Cheap compared to the hassle and frustration of having to have your car or SUV repaired.  Just another joy of living in a big city.

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