Thefts of catalytic converters are on the rise. Make sure you park your car in a safe location. If someone does take your catalytic converter or if it needs replacing, the Madison auto care technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's NAPA service centers can help you replace or repair it.
Car owners have a lot to worry about these days. As snow, ice and cold weather continue to batter Madison, a driver’s prime concern is whether their car will start and if it’s in a good condition to be driven safely on slippery streets. As if that wasn’t enough, now news outlets are reporting an uptick in thefts of catalytic converters, that doohickey that reduces toxic gases that your car emits.
The catalytic converter does this by a complicated reaction involving precious metals that include platinum, palladium or rhodium, expensive materials that are in high demand by metal dealers.
“Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise, and the crime increase is fueled by a number of factors. The New York Times reports that police are sounding the alarm on an unusual nationwide surge in cases,” according to autoblog,com. “Prices for the valuable and precious metals needed for emissions controls found inside catalytic converters are rising. … In a pandemic-stricken year where more folks than ever are short on money or out of jobs, the increase in thefts could be a sign of the times, too. Many were or will be stuck with massive repair bills to buy a new catalytic converter if their car’s is stolen. Meanwhile, the thief is getting a big pay day.”
Autoblog.com points out that it’s difficult to prevent the theft of a catalytic converter: “Trying to defend against catalytic converter thieves isn’t easy work. They can slide underneath a car and saw it out quickly, then slip away into the night. The easiest and best defense could be parking your car in a lit area that has surveillance cameras on the watch.”
Here’s hoping you don’t become a victim of catalytic converter thieves or any other criminals. But if you do and you need a new catalytic converter – or if your catalytic converter is malfunctioning and you need it repaired – then it’s time to call the Madison auto care technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's seven conveniently located NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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