Quick, check your vehicle, is there still a catalytic converter attached?
Like the rest of the nation right now, Sioux Falls is experiencing a wave of catalytic converter thefts.
Sioux Falls Police Department Officer Sam Clemens told Dakota News Now that on Monday, Sept. 19 alone, the PD received reports of 10 separate cases of stolen catalytic converters.
According to Dakota News Now, in a few cases the vehicles hadn’t been driven in a while, making it extremely difficult to know when the catalytic converters were caught.
If you’re not the motorhead or gearhead type, then a catalytic converter is part of your vehicle’s exhaust system. It contains a catalyst to convert polluting gases into less harmful gases.
The Carfax folks say thieves find the device attractive to steal as it contains precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium which have skyrocketed in price lately due to limited resources and disruptions in the chains supply.
Your car, truck or SUV will make an unpleasantly loud sound when the device is removed. And if it’s been stolen, you’re not going to like what you’ll have to pay to get it repaired. Without warranty coverage, Carfax says you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 to have your converter replaced.
According to Carfax, here in the Midwest, catalytic converters are most commonly stolen from a diverse line of model year Ford F-Series trucks, Chrysler 200s, Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Avengers, Honda CR-Vs, Chevrolet Silverado pickups, Toyota Camrys, and Honda Accords.
Dakota News Now reports that so far the theft of the catalytic converter has not been concentrated in any particular area of Sioux Falls.
At this time, police are investigating and do not know if all of the cases are somehow linked.
Source: Dakota News Now/Carfax
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