Cat is short for Catalytic Converter
Not your Kitty Cat, your catalytic converterWith car theft on the rise, catalytic converter theft has become a major problem in Albuquerque. Catalytic converters are an essential part of a car’s exhaust system that helps reduce harmful emissions and improve fuel efficiency. However, thieves have been targeting them as an easy way to make money.
While it is still unclear what motivates these thefts, many experts believe it is because of the precious metals inside. The fact that thefts of catalytic converters remain relatively low-risk for the perpetrator also plays a role.
Unfortunately, this means that car owners in Albuquerque are often left with hefty repair costs. Replacing a stolen catalytic converter can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the vehicle and labor costs. This price can be even higher if there is additional damage caused by the theft or if additional parts need to be replaced as well.
To lower your chances of becoming a victim of catalytic converter theft, be sure to park your car in secure locations and consider investing in security measures such as motion sensors or cameras to deter potential thieves. If you do become a victim, report it immediately and check with the insurance company for support.
If your vehicle is left with hanging parts or is inoperable, get it towed to your mechanic before trying to operate.