How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

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Evan Sears

Subject: stolen catalytic converter

To #cindy. Someone stole the cat off of my 04 Element today while I was at work in Downtown Dallas. I was parked on a busy road leading to a tollway outside of a high rent apartment building. I'm never parking downtown again. 5/11/2016


Subject: I've lost 2

First one was cut off my Toyota 4 Runner several years ago. Lost another one this week off my Honda Element. They also got the oxygen sensors. $735 to replace. Not happy.


Subject: Just no.

So you're telling me I can go buy some $40 catalytic converter out of Jegs or Summit then take it to a scrap yard to get $100-$200 for it? Sweet!
Most these people are stealing them for $20, not $200. Shops only charge you $600-$700 because they know you won't fix it yourself.


Subject: CAT stolen by repair shop

I tried to get my car smog checked. It failed because someone had replaced the original CAT with an illegal one! I have no idea how, but it must have been done while getting repaired - it was welded into place! I cannot imagine a professional shop doing this, but I have no other explanation.


Subject: stolen in work parking lot

Started my jeep upon leaving work at Lowes to find out that the cat was cut off with a cordless saw in Medford,ny on 12-6-15


Subject: Catalytic Converter Stolen

Cat was sawed off with an electrical saw. Found the blade in the yard next to my driveway; where my vehicle sat overnight. My vehicle is an 01 Chevy Venture.

Dan Baldwin

Subject: How they. Did it

My catalytic converter was cut out with a pair of cordless metal shears and then banged out to get the insides well somebody else have my truck this happened in Manchester New Hampshire if anybody hears of this please contact me

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.