How to protect your Prius catalytic converter from thieves: Roadshow

Q: As a specialist in Toyota hybrids at Art’s Automotive in Berkeley, we have replaced close to 100 Prius catalytic converters since late spring of 2019. Most have been 2004 to 2009 models, and the replacement cost is about $3,000. For an additional $250, we weld a 3/8-inch-thick wire rope from the exhaust manifold back to the resonator on both sides. Thieves never get these converters out if they try again.

The stolen converters do not appear to be sold through normal recycling channels because you must show ID. These particular converters fetch $225 to $250.

Art Ratner, CEO Art’s Automotive, Berkeley

A: So what else can we do to protect our cars?

Q: There is a $225 product called “Cat Security.” It is a shield that bolts up to the bottom of your Prius, which blocks access to the car. There are also cheaper, generic cable-lock-type solutions to put a lock on your converter.

I. M., San Jose

A: Avoid parking on the street at night, or park in a well-lighted area.

Q: Coming on the ballot is an initiative requiring people to remove their catalytic converters and place them in a gift bag for thieves. Must be out on the sidewalk by 10 p.m. The initiative is expected to pass 90-10.

S. White

A: Now switching topics to a couple of husbands who may be in deep trouble on Valentine’s Day.

Q: My spouse got his “You must go into the DMV to renew your license” notice about a month ago. I told him to make his appointment now! He ignored me.

Deb Goldeen, Palo Alto

A: Uh, oh! Not smart to ignore such wise advice.

Q: He finally got around to doing it, and the only available time was four days after his birthday. Then he lost his wallet last Saturday, panicked, went into the Redwood City DMV mid-afternoon. He had just a 10-minute wait. The DMV woman said they often let workers go home early on Saturday afternoons because there are so few people coming in.

Deb Goldeen

A: Deb’s hubby should always heed her advice. Do you think roses, a nice candlelight dinner, and wine will save him?

Q: Recently, my husband and I were out for a ride. At a stop signal, I noticed the driver of the car to my right was holding his cellphone and texting. I commented that this was illegal. My husband countered that it wasn’t, because the car wasn’t moving. I said I doubted that would be considered legal. Who is right here?

Gayle Kludt, San Jose

A: You are. Had the cellphone scofflaw pulled to the curb and parked, he could use his cellphone in the car. But not at an intersection.

Look for Gary Richards at Facebook.com/mr.roadshow or contact him at mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Source: mercurynews
How to protect your Prius catalytic converter from thieves: Roadshow



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