Catalytic Converter Theft

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  1. bmac

    bmac Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    My daughter woke up at 0440 this morning to the sound of metal cutting. She looked out her window and saw two cretins stealing the catalytic converter from our neighbors 2010ish Honda Accord parked across the street. They were gone in a flash, but she heard a car alarm go off shortly after, around the block. She called a friend who is SCPD and was on duty. He sent a car over but she doesn't know if they were caught. Beyond the societal disgust, what I'm wondering is, why this car? Parked on my driveway at the same time was a 2021 Cadillac XT6, a 2022 Cadillac XT4 and a 2023 BMW 750xi. Why not one of those? Are those too new for there to be an aftermarket need? Are Honda's particularly exposed to this? Cars of that vintage? I hope they catch these low lifes but I seriously doubt they will. I feel bad for the kid and his parents that own the Honda, an unexpected expense entering the holidays.
  2. K-DUB

    K-DUB Active Member

    May 10, 2012
    Grosse ile,Michigan
    1998 40 Sundancer
    380 Horizons
    They steal those for the precious metal inside. Scrap yards pay big money. I guessing that vehicle had easier access and nothing to do with the make.
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  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Rampant in Texas. There was a ring in DFW area that was just busted. They were stealing the converters and shipping them to a processor in NY.

    I have heard mentioned in the news that there is a target list of car models. Not sure why they prefer one over another.
  4. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Why Are Catalytic Converters Stolen?
    Thieves hope to make a big payday by melting down the precious metals found in the anti-pollution devices – namely, platinum, palladium, and rhodium.

    Platinum, for example, was recently trading at $900 per ounce, and palladium was at about $2,200 an ounce. Rhodium – fasten your seatbelts for this one – was going for nearly $13,000. Yes, $13,000 per troy ounce. In comparison, gold was a mere $1,700 per ounce. Prices fluctuate greatly and frequently, so those numbers are subject to change.

    These metals are so expensive because there is high demand and limited supply globally, which is why gold is being explored as an alternative for the future.

    Thieves can make anywhere from $25 to $300 for a standard catalytic converter, McDonold said. Ones from hybrid vehicles can sell for up to $1,400.
  5. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    Catawaba Island/Orrville,Oh.
    340 Sundancer 2001
    8.1s 370 v drv.
    Time to start arresting the places that buy them.
  6. Saverio

    Saverio Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 31, 2010
    Patchogue, Great Southbay N.Y.
    1995 450 DA
    Cat 3126 420hp
    900 hours Westerbeek Generator

    not sure why but they do like Honda's
  7. MS Tarheel1

    MS Tarheel1 Member

    Oct 4, 2019
    Glendale, AZ.
    2002 Sundancer 240
    5.0 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 1
    Toyota Prius's #1 target b/c of the amount of precious metals. In the auto service industry....fleets are getting hit big. Many are installing cat clamps on converter to at least slow thieves down. Some independent dealers offering free metal engraving and painting of converter to deter theft. It is rampant here in AZ.
  8. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    The mid 2000’s and up Hondas have easy access to the main convertor. Especially CR-V’s.
    It is under the middle of the car and easily removed with a metal saw.

    Newer cars have the convertor right up against the cylinder head or exhaust manifold and are hard to access.

    They stole one off my neighbors 2005 Accord last month. Between 5-6am!
  9. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Body shops may buy them. Hondas are popular and collision shops see a lot of them. Shady operators buy stolen parts.
  10. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    My wife works once in a while at a hospital. They had a van roam around the parking lot… when they found a car the wanted they would pull up to it. The van had a hole in the floor. They just went down the hole under the car cut it out and away they go….. you never saw a sole
  11. KrazyKarl

    KrazyKarl Member

    Jun 26, 2022
    1999 190CC Sea Ray
    4.3L Alpha (190 PHP) MCM stern drive
    The scrap yards around here have stopped buying them unless they came with the vehicle. They were only steeling from commercial vehicles but the scrap yards shut that down quick. Now if they steal them they have to ship them somewhere to cash then in & that creates to many traces back to them.
  12. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    1998 370 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI
    Years ago At my old shop we lost a few right out of our parking lot. A place a few buildings down was buying them up by the thousands. They eventually got busted.
  13. aerobat77

    aerobat77 Active Member

    Aug 12, 2014
    They heard here on the forum that running a honda on a swim platform is deadly , thats why they choose the honda
  14. Jeff_757

    Jeff_757 New Member

    Oct 18, 2022
    Hampton Roads, VA
    '98 Sundancer 250
    Single 5.7L Merc w/ Brave III Drive
    I went to drop my daughter's car off the night before the maintenance appointment. The guy at the counter suggested that I dont leave it over night bc there was a lot of CCs being stolen from the cars on their lot. I went somewhere else but I told him before I left that it sounded like an inside job to me.
  15. Jus Cruisin

    Jus Cruisin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2021
    Lake St Clair - MI (Belle Maer Harbor)
    2004 390 DA
  16. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    A friend of ours drives a BIG Chebby 4x4 dually. They went to Costco this week and parked it out at the far end of the lot because it's easier to find a place to park.

    Well guess what happened while they were shopping!
  17. Shenanigans77

    Shenanigans77 Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2020
    Lk St. Clair
    2003 320 Sundancer
    Twin 6.2 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Just drive a truck that doesnt have one, problem solved!
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