Catalytic Converters

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Does insurance cover stolen catalytic converters?

It depends on your coverage levels. Most comprehensive coverage policies should cover stolen car parts, along with the damage done to your car during the theft, but you will need to check with your specific carrier.

It may or may not be worth filing a claim on your insurance, depending on how high your deductible is. You should also ask if your claim will affect your premium rates going forward.

Why do people steal catalytic converters?

Unfortunately, catalytic converter theft is on the rise. The reason is because catalytic converters have precious metals in them. When the price of these medals rise, it becomes more valuable for thieves. An experienced thief can steal a catalytic converter in seconds, which makes them hard to catch.

The top catalytic converter thefts are with the popular vehicles like Toyota and Honda.

What is the best catalytic converter to buy?

For most people we recommend an OEM grade direct-fit catalytic converter. If you live in California, be sure to choose a catalytic converter that is legal in your state. California has stricter emissions laws, and requires a catalytic converter that is specifically compatible to it.

How do I replace my catalytic converter?

We recommend having your new catalytic converter shipped directly to your local body shop, and having a professional install it. You will need a number of tools, a vehicle lift, and some experience to install a catalytic converter. We recommend leaving this one to the professionals.

What is the scrap price for a catalytic converter?

If you are replacing your catalytic converter, and you still have the old one, make sure the body shop gives it back to you! Scrap prices range wildly, depending on a number of factors, but you can get up to $200 back in scrap price for your old catalytic converter. This is one of the reasons they are a big target for theft.

What does a catalytic converter do?

The job of a catalytic converter is to convert the toxins that your car produces into less harmful byproducts, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide. Your catalytic converter is a critical component to cleaner air, and is a requirement on all vehicles. The California-compliant catalytic converters are made with stricter standards for cleaner air. We expect all states to eventually adopt California emissions regulations.

Do I need a catalytic converter?

Yes, every vehicle is legally required to have a catalytic converter. This helps reduce pollutions and nasty emissions from the air, allowing us all to breath a little better. The catalytic converter is a critical component to reducing toxic emissions.

Can I drive without a catalytic converter?

Technically you can, but you shouldn't. If yours gets stolen, technically you will still be able to drive it, but this should be limited to only going to the body shop for a replacement.

The reason is that, without a catalytic converter, your vehicle will:

1) Be extremely loud, waking up and disturbing your neighbors
2) Your vehicle will fail inspection
3) Your vehicle will drive rougher
4) You are prone to getting pulled over and issued a ticket
5) You will be releasing a lot of harmful and toxic emissions into the air