What’s happening with Lexus Catalytic Converters?
The theft of Lexus Catalytic Converters from cars has always been a problem. Any car with a Lexus catalytic converter could be targeted with the most common victims being commercial vans, 4x4s, MPVs and crossovers. Due to their tall ride height and subsequent ease of access, thieves are able to slip under these vehicles with ease. It is illegal to use a car that has had its catalytic converter stolen because it would be seen as an MOT failure.
How do they do it?
Using high powered hand tools, the Lexus Catalytic Converter is removed from the car by cutting the exhaust pipe just ahead and behind the converter.
What is a Lexus Catalytic Converter?
The catalytic converter is part of the car’s emissions controls. Situated in the exhaust system, it cleans up exhaust gases before they can leave the exhaust. Its internal elements react with the gases produced by the engine, which produces less harmful substances and water vapour. By catalysing the exhaust gas the vehicles environmental impact is lessened. The law states that all European cars manufactured since 1993 are fitted with a catalytic converter from the factory.
Why are they a target for thieves and what do they do with them?
The reason thieves look to steal Lexus catalytic converters is because of their scrap value when recycled. Lexus catalytic converters contain several precious metals including rhodium, platinum and palladium. Thieves will store them until they have a store of a large number of parts and then sell them. Theft of these items has become such a concern that Lexus UK has put out some more detailed information to the general public to ensure that all owners are aware of the problem.
How much does it cost to replace a Lexus catalytic converter?
Unfortunately, this varies between models as well as manufacturers so it is best to contact us using our enquiry form for an exact price. Or you can view our range of Lexus Catalytic Converters online at Lexus Parts Direct. Lexus first priority is to do everything possible to support those customers who find themselves victims of this crime. Lexus has significantly reduced the price of replacement parts, Toyota GB doesn’t make any profit from replacement catalytic converters and these are sold at cost to the customer.
Why is it taking so long to get my replacement parts?
The sudden rise this year, when set against many years of low incidences, was completely unpredictable. The unforeseen nature of this spike has caused difficulties sourcing components to manufacture new parts. As a result, urgent action has been undertaken in partnership with our suppliers to try to resolve this. For example, some of our suppliers have now increased the number of production shifts in a day. This should allow us to supply parts sooner and get customers back on the road more quickly.
How do I know which catalytic converter I need?
Happily, you don’t need to know which part you need before you contact us, we’ll find that information for you! Just enquire with Dan using our enquiry form and he will help you get all of the information you need.