The catalytic converter is my favorite car part to say. It rolls off the tongue like cheese from a fondue fork onto a baguette. Plus they’re important. Catalytic converters control the chemicals and compounds that can compromise the smell of your car’s interior. (Try saying that out loud and tell me it’s not fun to say.)
The converters also contain platinum and palladium. And thieves in the Detroit metro area have been targeting them for their resale value at local scrapyards. Robbers hit quick, jacking up the vehicles with a jack, rolling under like a stealth agent and making two quick cuts with a battery-powered saw. And, voila, they have themselves a catalytic converter.
The jerks then go and sell them to local scrap yards, where they’ve been known to get as much as $150 per converter. That’s a nice little payday for a jack, roll and two quick snips that takes three minutes to pull off. Cities in surrounding Detroit that have been hit include Gross Pointe (the same Gross Point of Grosse Pointe Blank, starring John Cusack and Alan Arkin), St. Clair Shores (named after Lake Saint Clair) and Dearborn Heights (home to Henry Ford Community College).
(Those names are fun to say like catalytic converter.)
Two people have been arrested in connection with the thefts. The pair was accused of lifting over 100 converters, hiding out in the dark corners of parking lots at senior living facilities until an opportunity arose to pounce. Classy, guys.
You can go ahead and buy a bracket that protects the converter, but anecdotal evidence suggests it’s more of a hassle than anything.
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