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Catalytic converter theft: What you need to know

There is an epidemic of catalytic converter theft sweeping the nation and the Arlington and D.C. area is no exception.

Over the past few years, the price of commodities has skyrocketed and that includes the rare metals that help catalytic converters do their job of filtering your emissions. One of them, Rhodium, recently cost $14,000 an ounce compared to gold which was at about $1,740 an ounce. No wonder these are in such high demand. You can find anything else you have ever wanted to know about catalytic converters but were afraid to ask here.

This can happen to any car, but Priuses are being targeted heavily by catalytic converter thieves. They actually have two catalytic converters and are more valuable because the hybrid engine means they get less use.

So what to do?

First, make sure that your insurance covers replacement of your catalytic converter if it is stolen. Second, follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of your catalytic converter being stolen.

Third, if you are the victim of catalytic converter theft, you’ll need to get it replaced. The easiest way to do that is with auto service start-up CarCare To Go. They provide maintenance and repairs, (including catalytic converter replacement) for all car brands.

In addition to being the most trusted and transparent service center you’ve ever used, every appointment comes with a free valet pick-up and return of your vehicle from home. And they’re used to working with your insurance company.

If you’re lucky enough not to have any issues with your catalytic converter, you should still use CarCare To Go for all your car needs. Right now, they’re running a crazy special on your first oil change. It’s just $20.22. No catch. Seriously. It even covers synthetic oil.

You’ll wonder why you ever took care of your car any other way. Learn more here.

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