Cat gone for a prowl, why not get a new Mitsubishi instead?
Offer an interesting way to help victims of increasingly common theft
Automakers and their dealers are always finding new and creative ways to boost sales, though this one from Mitsubishi might just take the cat. And that’s not a typo.
According to a report from CarsDirect, the automaker is offering a new discount to help out victims of an increasingly common type of theft in Minnesota. A bulletin that was said to be sent to dealers in the state offers a $750 rebate for any buyers trading in a vehicle because its catalytic converter was stolen. The discount applies to any Mitsubishi model.
Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in many places, but especially in the North Star state. A report from CBS Minnesota said that more than 300 cats were stolen between January 1 and the 15th of February this year, in the city of St. Paul alone. Thieves crawl under a car or truck and cut out the converter, and the precious metals inside of it, and take them to sell. State legislators have introduced a bill that would make possession of a used catalytic converter without proof of ownership illegal.
To get the Mitsubishi discount, the report says, you’ll need to show an insurance damage estimate showing the car was damaged between the first of December last year and the end of this March. We wouldn’t condone the behaviour, but someone with a Sawzall and a booth beside their local showroom might manage to find some interesting ways to make money.