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Old 04-22-2014, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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We WILL be having a cat theft deterrent system installed before the coverter is replaced. Honestly, it never even occurred to us this could happen. Call us naive. In our previous home state of 13 years we were not exposed to the level of crime that is here in Greenville.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:06 PM
 
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We WILL be having a cat theft deterrent system installed before the coverter is replaced. Honestly, it never even occurred to us this could happen. Call us naive. In our previous home state of 13 years we were not exposed to the level of crime that is here in Greenville.
Didn't know such a thing existed, until now. Are you going with the more expensive (~$125) clamp/lock or with the cheaper (~$15) permanently etched identification? While the latter would not prevent removal of the cat, it would prevent the perp from being able to sell it to any legitimate, law-abiding recycler.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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I have read that only original factory catalytic converters are being stolen because replacement cats have ceramic material inside instead of platinum. Since yours has already been stolen, you may not need to shell out the cash for a locking device.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Arlington, TX
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This is surprising - I can't think of anyone in my circle of Greenville friends that has been the victim of a property crime. And I'm shocked to hear what happened in the Costco parking lot! Did they smash your window to steal something inside, or just for the heck of it?
My fiance left her purse tucked under the seat, must have been sticking out just enough to see. Crime off opportunity i suppose, so needless to say we leave absolutely nothing in the car anymore!
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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Default Catalytic Converter Theft

Have Honda Element. Cost $3000 to have converter replaced. Had product called Catstrap installed. Has cables embedded in strap that bonds to exhaust pipe. With attempts to cut it, sends wireless signal to activate alarm. Have not had any problems since.
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Have Honda Element. Cost $3000 to have converter replaced. Had product called Catstrap installed. Has cables embedded in strap that bonds to exhaust pipe. With attempts to cut it, sends wireless signal to activate alarm. Have not had any problems since.
I am very sorry to hear you have gone through this. Are you in Greenville, or elsewhere? We have ordered a CatClamp(dot com is the website) to have put on. We are waiting on it, and still dealing with insurance. We expect it to all come together early next week. Our insurance company, and the dealer have been wonderful.
In the meantime we have a rental car.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:38 PM
 
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I am very sorry to hear you have gone through this. Are you in Greenville, or elsewhere? We have ordered a CatClamp(dot com is the website) to have put on. We are waiting on it, and still dealing with insurance. We expect it to all come together early next week. Our insurance company, and the dealer have been wonderful.
In the meantime we have a rental car.
Huh.. I'm curious about that.. Who is your insurance company and how are they treating it?

I assume that they are processing it under your comprehensive insurance? So, you'll pay the deductible and that's it?

I can see that being an interesting situation.. I mean.. I first read your post and thought "No way insurance will cover that", but.. It's the same thing as if someone stole the car, I suppose?

Is it being handled through your auto or homeowners insurance?

Generally, if someone broke into your car and stole something.. The damage to the vehicle would be covered under comprehensive auto.. While the items stolen would be covered under homeowners. This is.. Actually part of the car being stolen.. I'm assuming, since it was a new car, you have comprehensive and that is covering it? I wonder, if it were an older car, and you only carried liability, would homeowners cover it? I'm thinking if it happened in your driveway.. Perhaps.. If you were out and about.. perhaps not.

I'm pretty sure my insurance (USAA) would give no problems with it if it happened to me.. Just curious as to which policy would be considered to cover it.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Our insurance company(21st century, a subsidiary of Farmers) has been wonderful. It is covered under our auto comprehensive coverage. They set us up with a rental car on Monday, and came out to examine the vehicle. They then arranged for a tow to the garage of our choice. The adjuster went to the garage today, and is working with them. We ordered the cat clamp device, and it is suppose to arrive tomorrow. The shop will make repairs on Monday. A check is in the mail to us, minus our deductible.

It happened at our apartment complex. We are new in town, and have a six month lease here which expires end of July. So far, it seems we were the only one hit in this complex. Across the street there were a few other cars. So far, all Hondas.
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