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Curbing Catalytic Converter Thefts Warner Robins GA

Catalytic converters have been disappearing at an alarming rate. The theft of these emission control devices is being perpetrated by sleazeballs looking for easy money. A thief can hock a pilfered converter for $25 to as much as $100 depending on the value of the precious metals inside it. Lately, the theft rate has been rising in direct proportion to the price of platinum and palladium, both of which are precious metals more valuable than gold.

Alan's Alignment & Automotive
(478) 227-4431
514 Old Macon Rd
Byron, GA
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B N T Automotive LLC
(478) 922-4400
127 N Davis Dr
Warner Robins, GA
 
Jiffy Lube
(478) 929-1091
2026 WATSON BLVD
WARNER ROBINS, GA
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Sun: CLOSED
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Houston Transmission and Automotive
(478) 923-5483
1233 Watson Blvd
Warner Robins, GA
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Exhaust Repair
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Mon:8:00 am-5:30 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:30 pm
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R & D Automotive
(478) 318-7816
10120 Hawkinsville Rd
Warner Robins, GA
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Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
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Mon:7:00 am-8:00 pm
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Franklin Battery & Electric
(478) 923-6484
215 Ignico Drive
Warner Robins, GA
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Auto Service & Repair, Auto Electrical Systems Service & Repair, Auto Alternators & Starters, Marine Equipment & Supplies Retail
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Mon-Sat
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Walmart Supercenter: Tire & Lube Express
(478) 953-9404
2720 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, GA
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Mon:7:00 am-7:00 pm
Tue:7:00 am-7:00 pm
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Pecks Transmission Center
(478) 929-9811
11124 Hawkinsville Road
Warner Robins, GA
 
Warner Robins Chrysler Dodge Jeep
(478) 971-7777
2817 Watson Blvd
Warner Robins, GA
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Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
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Mon:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Tue:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Wed:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Thu:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Fri:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am-3:00 pm
Sun:(Closed)
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Midas Auto Service Experts
(478) 922-4251
1860 Watson Blvd
Warner Robins, GA
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Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

Curbing Catalytic Converter Thefts

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By Larry Carley  
November 13, 2009

Catalytic converters have been disappearing at an alarming rate. The theft of these emission control devices is being perpetrated by sleazeballs looking for easy money. A thief can hock a pilfered converter for $25 to as much as $100 depending on the value of the precious metals inside it.



Lately, the theft rate has been rising in direct proportion to the price of platinum and palladium, both of which are precious metals more valuable than gold.

The consequences for the poor vehicle owner who has had his converter stolen far outweigh the scrap value of the cat that was snatched.  A replacement converter can easily run several hundred dollars for an aftermarket unit, and from $500 to $800 or more for some OEM converters. There’s also the cost of replacing the pipes on either side of the converter that were sawed through to extract the cat. A new head pipe and intermediate pipe can add up to a couple hundred dollars more to the repair job. Add in the labor to install the new exhaust parts, and the total bill to the vehicle owner can approach $1,500 or more! That’s a mighty expensive price to pay because some lazy bum crawled under your customer’s vehicle and sawed off his converter.

Most of the thefts are done with a battery-powered reciprocating saw, and the most likely targets are SUVs and pickup trucks with plenty of ground clearance. Toyota 4runners are one of the more popular v...

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