Be on the Lookout for Catalytic Converter Theft

catalytic converter, catalytic converter theftThieves don’t always target a car as a whole. Sometimes, they will just take the license plate or smash a window to grab the valuables inside. Catalytic converter theft is another problem that is becoming increasingly commonplace. Here’s how you can protect your VW or Audi vehicle from being targeted.

Why Thieves Target Catalytic Converters

Thieves target catalytic converters for two simple reasons; they are worth a lot of money and are relatively easy to steal. The material is valuable to scrap metal dealers because the converters contain high-value metals, such as palladium and rhodium. They are also not that difficult to snatch from a car. All it takes is a saw to slice through the pipe. After separation from the pipe, the converter can be easily pulled out. No vehicle is immune from catalytic converter theft, including Audi and VW cars.

How to Recognize Your Catalytic Converter Is Gone

Most people don’t actively look underneath the rear of their vehicle to see if the catalytic converter is there. Your ears, though, will alert you if you turn on the engine and hear an unusually loud roaring sound. The volume increases as you press the gas pedal. You may also hear a sputtering sound as you change speeds.

How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

You can have an automotive technician weld the catalytic converter to the car frame. This makes it harder to saw off. You can also engrave the car’s VIN number on the converter. This might alert an ethical scrap dealer that it was stolen.

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Bring your German automobile to Buttera Motors if the catalytic converter was stolen or if you require general maintenance. Read our back-story to learn about our humble origins. Catalytic converter theft is on the rise; take precautions to safeguard your vehicle.

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