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messageCatalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Penguin68 September 11, 12:32PM

I have just heard (from my garage) that there is a spate of CAT thefts both locally and wider in London - leading to 3 month waiting lists for some spares! Police rumour has it that an Eastern European gang is behind many of these - the converters are removed on the street - cut-out quite brutally, with sensors taken as well (which is where the shortage is). If you see people working under cars (obviously particularly at night) - call the cops!

Although replacement costs to car owners (or their insurers, if they are prepared to pay) will be close to 1000 when the costs of parts (600 for a CAT, plus the sensors and electronics) and labour are taken into account, the thieves are probably only getting 40-60 for what they steal! [NB as the repair costs are so high, insurers will often try to write-off the vehicles based on their assessment of on-street value - and they pay-out only the cost over the excess anyway].

It looks like its the CATs themselves, and not just the platinum in them, that are now the target, as they are also taking sensors.

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by kford September 11, 12:55PM

Heard a few Toyota Priuses honking around without exhausts attached. Must be a target car.

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Bumpkin September 13, 08:13AM

We had one stolen from our Toyota Prius a couple of months ago, was v expensive to replace as Penguin says. Only good thing was that Kwik Fit were fantastic at sorting it, had a new one in within the day. They said Sainsbury's car park had 3 cards affected in one day alone (that they knew of!). It's a regular trade for them now apparently.

The Sainsbury's cars were all the same make but not Toyota (can't remember now), so it's not just Prius'.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was september 13, 08:15am by Bumpkin.

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