Old Catalytic Converter

Catalytic converter theft isn’t a new issue.  It’s been a threat to anyone who owns a car for years.  But, according to Carfax, there are way more thefts than may have been reported.  Their data shows as many as 153,000 thefts in the U.S. in 2022.  And each state seems to have vehicles that are more likely to be a target than others.  Below, we’ll look at the top 5 most targeted cars in Georgia.

Catalytic Converter Theft

It seems no one is immune to catalytic converter theft either.  Parking lots, car dealerships… thieves are boldly looking for these crimes of opportunity.  It wasn’t long ago that even the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile had its catalytic converter stolen.

And the bad news is, if yours is stolen, it’s not a cheap replacement.  It can run from $2,000 to $3,000.

But Why?

Catalytic converters contain valuable metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium.  The metals are expensive, in high demand, and limited in supply. For a standard catalytic converter, thieves can make cash in to make anywhere from $25 to $300.  But the ones from hybrid vehicles are even more valuable and can sell for up to $1,400.

Nationwide – Top Cars Targeted

  1. Ford F Series Truck
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Toyota Prius
  4. Honda CR-V
  5. Ford Explorer

Year over year, the most targeted vehicle list stayed mostly the same as the previous year, but the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Explorer did see a bigger increase over the last year.

Most Targeted Cars in Georgia

Now let’s take a look how Georgia’s most targeted cars compare to the national list! A few of these vehicles saw pretty significant jumps in thefts from 2021 to 2022. These are considered the top cars targeted in the South, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

  • 5. Ford Econoline

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  • 4. Kia Soul

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  • 3. Honda Accord

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  • 2. Mitsubishi Outlander

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  • 1. Ford F Series

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