Catalytic converter theft in Edmonton is on the rise.
In 2021, there were 4,797 catalytic converter thefts reported in Alberta – and 55% of those occurred in Edmonton!
To help keep our valued customers and their vehicles safe from theft, Park Muffler now designs and installs custom catalytic converter cages to protect your car against catalytic converter theft.
Keep reading to learn more about catalytic converter theft prevention and how we can help you.
Catalytic converters contain a precious metal known as rhodium, which now goes for almost $13,500 CDN per ounce.
Not only is the cost of rhodium incentive enough for criminals to steal catalytic converters, but the process of removing them from a vehicle is fairly simple.
So simple, in fact, that the theft can occur in a matter of minutes.
If your catalytic converter is stolen, you may be covered for its replacement under a comprehensive auto insurance policy – but you may be responsible for paying a deductible and any depreciation.
This is why it’s important to consider catalytic converter theft prevention to protect your vehicle.
If you are worried about losing your catalytic converter to thieving hands, here are some useful tips:
Thieves will target particular vehicle models when it comes to stealing catalytic converters. A simple call to your local muffler shop will give you an idea of which cars are at a higher risk in your area.
While painting your catalytic converter doesn’t prevent theft, it makes it easier for authorities to trace it.
Using a high-temperature fluorescent paint, paint your catalytic converter and inscribe your vehicle’s VIN number on the painted surface.
A cable locking device can be installed on your catalytic converter to make it more difficult to steal.
One of the most popular devices is a steel shield that fits over the catalytic converter that requires more time and extra tools to remove.
Park Muffler offers this type of protection!
At Park Muffler, we use galvanized steel cages with cold-rolled round bars to protect your catalytic converter. The cage is securely bolted to your vehicle to prevent theft.
This form of protection is custom-made for your vehicle!
When it comes to our galvanized steel cages, our team at Park Muffler has seen attempted catalytic converter thefts in the past.
However, only minor cuts were made to the converter with no successful thefts!
We will warranty any required adjustments to ensure the cage is properly attached and does not rattle as you drive.
Should your catalytic converter require repair, we do recommend that you come to us so that we can properly handle your custom-fit cage.
For catalytic repair, we offer exceptional and comprehensive service and guarantee the highest standards in repair and replacement work.
If you are concerned that someone has tried to steal your catalytic converter or are noticing decreased performance in your vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals for catalytic converter repair services.
Park Muffler offers free estimates for catalytic converter protection installation!
While we will have to take a look at most vehicles on site to determine a quote, the process is free and will give you peace of mind when it comes to catalytic converter theft prevention in Edmonton.
Get in touch with us today to book your free quote!
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