In a high theft area, should you replace your OEM catalytic converter with an aftermarket one?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Georgina Rudkus, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Georgina Rudkus

    Georgina Rudkus Senior Member

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    The thieves nowadays aren't very smart. My friend had an aftermarket CAT and it still got stolen by some idiot.
     
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    That's exactly what I think. Except that if you want your car to last and get the best emissions possible and you live in an area where cat thefts are common, well now you're in a pickle.

    The way I see it, if thefts weren't a problem then the OEM cat sticker price wouldn't be as much of a problem. If your cat eventually wears out you can apparently sell the worn out cat for over $1,000. Then take that and put it towards a new OEM one if that's what you're after.

    Doing the work myself, a new cat costs $1,700 here. If I can sell my old cat for $1,000 then a cat replacement is only $700 for an OEM cat. It's not as cheap as aftermarket but could be in the long run.

    Although cat shield + cat strap + cat eye + engraving phone number and "Stolen" on cat + air bag kit so car sits on ground when parked is all going to be a bit pricy.
     
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    I'd go shield, alarm with tilt sensor & additional bars welded in for security before Id willingly get rid of the OEM. a little pricey I know
     
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