Lansing dealership offers to engrave VIN on catalytic converters to deter theft

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 9:08 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A vehicle’s catalytic converter contains platinum and is often easy to remove, which makes it a popular target for thieves.

A dealership in Lansing is offering to engrave a car’s vehicle identification number on the catalytic converter in an effort to discourage theft. Shaheen Chevrolet, located on American Road, will be doing the engravings on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The dealership said it sees about 10 vehicles a month missing their catalytic converter.

They can cost more than $1,000 to replace and driving without one is a safety hazard.

A study by the National Insurance Bureau said catalytic converter thefts have increased by more than 1,000% since 2019.

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