Hold on to your catalytic converters and I mean that literally. In the past month we have seen 4 vehicles that have had theirs cut off. Catalytic converters have platinum in them and therefore they are worth some money in the salvage market. Here in Brooklyn thieves are going around and cutting them off. Customers return to their cars after parking them overnight, start them up and are blasted by the cacophony of an exhaustless vehicle.

missing cat

Cats are expensive as well and insurance companies will pay a claim on this theft, minus your deductible, but they love to go online and get the cheapest price for the lowest quality and pay out that rate. In most cases I don’t recommend the cheap cats because they’ve been known to last for only a brief period and they are needed to pass state inspections so you’ll need one to last long term.

There isn’t even anything we can do to help customers mitigate this in the future, a pipe is easy to cut away with the right tools. So the best you can do is to be aware of where you are parking your vehicle. If it looks sketchy at all, move on.

About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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