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Catalytic Converter Theft

Updated: Dec 27, 2021

WHAT THE HECK CALIFORNIA?!

Video: What a Hybrid sounds like before and after catalytic converter theft.


Let's start with a bit of information about WHY catalytic converters are such a hot-ticket item at the moment. California is one of four states that require C.A.R.B.-compliant catalytic converters. C.A.R.B. = California Air Resources Board. Table below from https://www.walkerexhaust.com/

STATE

VEHICLES AFFECTED

DATE STARTED

CALIFORNIA

ALL MODEL YEARS

January 1st, 2009

NEW YORK

1993, 1994, 1996 MODEL YEARS AND NEWER VEHICLES

June 1st, 2013

MAINE

2001 MODEL YEARS AND NEWER VEHICLES

June 1st, 2018

COLORADO

ALL MODEL YEARS

January 1st, 2021


Catalytic converters are designed to take the nasty exhaust fumes that our engines generate (nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide) and react to create not-so-harmful: nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water.

This reaction is done with a honeycomb-like structure that is coated with rare metals including rhodium, palladium, and platinum. Photo from https://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/


The price of previous metals in the last 5 years has skyrocketed. Prices below are recorded in USD, per ounce, on the New York Stock Exchange.

DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2021

​Gold: $1,128

Rhodium: $14,100

Platinum: $902

Palladium: $653

​Gold: $1,809 Rhodium: $12,950

Platinum: $971

Palladium: $1,886