Tracy’s Automotive will repair or replace your catalytic converter.
As the year goes on, one item seems to remain constant – the theft rate of catalytic converters. According to insurer State Farm, “the COVID-19 pandemic-era surge in thefts of catalytic converters is only getting worse, pointing to startling data showing how much the skyrocketing crime has cost the company already this year….
“The company’s numbers show a meteoric rise in the theft of the car part that is highly sought out by thieves who are able to remove them from underneath a vehicle in a matter of minutes and sell them for hundreds of dollars due to the precious metals they contain.
“Platinum, palladium and rhodium are metals commonly found in the auto part.
“Thieves can make $300 to $1,500 for selling converters for scrap, the [U.S.] Department of Justice said last week.”
If you become a victim of catalytic converter theft, you may not realize it at first. But, as Allstate Insurance points out, you’ll know when you turn on the engine:
- “Loud roar when you start the car, louder as you accelerate
- “Increase in exhaust fumes, or unusual exhaust smells
- “Missing parts under vehicle leading to muffler
- “Uneven or sputtering acceleration due to lack of exhaust regulation
- “Check engine light or inspection failures”
The Wichita Police Department offers these tips to help avoid losing your catalytic converter: “Remember, to park in well-lit areas, park in a garage if possible, utilize sensitivity alarms on your vehicles, utilize security cameras, and if you see something suspicious, call 911!”
If your catalytic converter is stolen or if it simply needs repair, the Wichita auto repair technicians at Tracy’s Automotive will help.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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