Quick Answer: How Can I Stop Someone From Stealing My Catalytic Converter?

Can a catalytic converter be bypassed?

A catalytic converter is essential to your vehicle’s emission system; it functions by transforming “raw” exhaust into less environmentally damaging gases.

There are few instances in which it is allowable to remove the catalytic converter and install a bypass pipe..

Which cars are most likely to have catalytic converter stolen?

The cars being targeted by catalytic converter thieves: Hybrid versions of Honda Jazz, Lexus RX and Toyota’s Auris and Prius most at risk, warns insurer. Thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles parked on the street and in driveways are on the rise, an insurer has warned this week.

Does insurance cover stolen catalytic converters?

Because the catalytic converter is part of the vehicle that’s permanently installed, its theft will be covered under the vehicle’s comprehensive coverage. … This means that vehicles with a liability-only policy cannot be covered for any type of theft or vandalism.

What is a stolen catalytic converter worth?

Precious metals such as platinum, palladium, rhodium or gold are used as the catalyst. Depending on which metal was used, thieves can sell the converters to metal recyclers for $20-$200. The recyclers then extract the metal and resell it for as much as $6,000 an ounce, as in the case of rhodium.

How long does it take to steal catalytic converter?

They can sell them to scrap yards for up $200, says Edmunds. But, how are catalytic converters removed? Thieves typically use a saw or wrench to remove it, depending on whether the catalytic converter is bolted or welded in, says Edmunds — and removal can take as little as one minute.

What do I do if someone stole my catalytic converter?

If your Catalytic Converter has been stolen, you will know right away when you start your vehicle. It will sound like you do not have a muffler at all (like loud motorcycle mufflers). It is OK to drive your vehicle directly to a muffler/dealer shop to get the Catalytic Converter replaced.