Saturday, February 24, 2024
News Carfax Says Catalytic Converter Theft Might be 3x Worse Than Previously Thought

Carfax Says Catalytic Converter Theft Might be 3x Worse Than Previously Thought

New data puts new outlook on converter theft

  • More than 150,000 cats may have been stolen last year

  • New data includes converters not claimed under insurance

Catalytic converter theft is a big problem, but it might be bigger than we thought. That’s according to data from Carfax, after looking through their records and finding the real figure could be three times what was previously thought. That and they’ve listed the vehicles most likely to have their cats converted (into a few bucks at the scrapyard).

Media reports in the past have used data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. That group released data showing somewhere in the area of 50,000 catalytic converters had been stolen in the U.S. last year.

NICB data, though, is based solely on insurance claims. Not all drivers file claims for a number of reasons, opting to replace themselves. Carfax looked at its vehicle history data to find all catalytic converter replacements, then removed replacements for recalls, old parts, and took into account cats stolen from vehicles on dealer lots.

Carfax says based on that data that as many as 153,000 catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles in the U.S. in 2022. The emissions controls devices are worth between $50 and $400 as scrap thanks to the rare materials inside.

Topping the list of targeted vehicles was the Ford F-Series, Carfax said. The Honda Accord was next, followed by the Toyota Prius, Honda CR-V, and Ford Explorer.

As far as protecting your cat, there’s not really much you can do. Parking in a locked garage can help, and there are an increasing number of devices designed to help slow down crooks. But a recip saw or a grinder and a few moments are all that are needed to snag that cat.

Trending Now

Genesis Could Launch Hybrid Models in 2025

The company had previously planned to launch only electric models starting in 2025. Now, sources claim the G80 and GV70 could become the...

Porsche Launches New V6 Panamera E-Hybrid Models

2025 Panamera gets two new hybrid models E-Hybrid adds up to 536 hp Porsche is pouncing with a pair of new Panamera models. The...

Volkswagen Reportedly Planning Boxster-Related New Scirocco

New 'Roc could arrive in 2028 Would share platform with Porsche and Audi TT One of the coolest Volkswagens of all could be making...

Cadillac’s V-Series Turns 20 and it’s Just Getting Started

Cadillac's V-Series has been around for far longer than most recall. It’s altogether possible that many of you don’t recall that Cadillac an unidentical...

GMC’s Bold Leap with Hummer and Denali in an Electric Future

It’s no secret that, at least for “today”, sustainability intersects with luxury. And when it comes to trucks, GMC emerges as a leader with...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.