In case you missed the news, there have been widespread thefts of catalytic converters around the Bay Area for the last two years or so.
This is tied directly to the high prices for the metals used in building catalytic converters – it really pays to steal them, and thieves do.
Berkeley, with its huge number of Prius vehicles is especially hard hit – Prius Gen 2 and Honda Element are the most likely targets. Sadly, it takes only a few minutes to cut out a catalytic converter, and leave your vehicle with a very expensive repair. If you own a Prius or Honda Element, we recommend keeping it in a garage at night.
At Oceanworks we offer installation of a protective stainless steel cage to discourage thieves from attempting to steal the catalytic converter. It is light, durable, and can be removed to service exhaust components located in that area.
Naturally, we also offer catalytic converter replacement – whether it was stolen, or simply failed. You can read more on our catalytic converter replacement page.