Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - JohnX
I’m currently looking for a small car (bigger engine preferably)with a budget of approximately £5000.
Is there any particular brand that I should keep away from which would make it more attractive to the thieves ?
Or any brand/model that is least attractive.

Someone said Toyota’s are one of the most attractive brand to nick although I’m not sure
Thanks
Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - edlithgow

Nobody is going to knick a Daihatsu Skywing, but you won't be able to source one in the UK.

Back when; Lada's were pretty safe too, but now they are attractive to the Russian Mafia..

More seriously, few classics will have a cat. I dunno if there's an established black market in other classic parts.

Might be too identifiable for the pond lifes liking.

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - alan1302
I’m currently looking for a small car (bigger engine preferably)with a budget of approximately £5000. Is there any particular brand that I should keep away from which would make it more attractive to the thieves ? Or any brand/model that is least attractive. Someone said Toyota’s are one of the most attractive brand to nick although I’m not sure Thanks

Don't worry about it - very unlikely to happen - buy the car that you want

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - johncyprus
Very true, it’s unlikely to happen but very upsetting when it does. As I mentioned in other threads our Honda Jazz’s cat was stolen in broad daylight in SW London. These oiks cruise the streets in built up areas looking for suitable cars. When we eventually get our Jazz back ( lambda sensor still on back order) we’ll probably get replace it, can’t go through this again. This on top of a house refurb just too much.
Back to the OP, is it mainly the Honda Jazz’ and Toyota Prius that is being targeted? What cars are safe?
Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - JohnX
Actually this is a daily occurrence in South East London .
m.youtube.com/watch?v=aUlikgzaDOE


This particular theft is typical of what happens in broad daylight and right in the middle of a residential street as it takes only a few seconds for them to remove the catalytic convertor.
Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - SLO76
Not something I’ve had to concern myself with when car shopping but I wouldn’t let it limit your options on a used car on a relatively limited budget. Buy the best car you can get and don’t park it up anywhere dodgy.
Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - badbusdriver

Make a list of the cars you are thinking about, and price replacement cats for each. If there is a big difference in the prices, go for whichever car has the cheapest. Stands to reason that the thiefs will target cars with the most profit to gain. I may feel different if i lived somewhere this is a major problem, but i don't, so it isn't something i'd give much thought to.

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - gordonbennet

I understand the realities of city living in that no one wants to know, hence why low life types strut about like their own the place.

It really is time that genuine normal people got together and became decent neighbours again, not everyone in the streets where you live is too afraid even to peek out of the curtains and see what's happening, but if this is the case how long will it be before the screams of a someone being attacked, or worse, next door are answered by turning the idiot box in the corner up enough to drown those pesky cries out, forgetting that the next time might not be next door?

Sorry, but sometimes the people in this country deserve what is happening to them, time for right minded people to get together and say we've had enough, this would not be happening in the road where i live (nipped something in the bud a few years ago, they didn't return), and a fair bet it wouldn't be happening where quite a few posters here live either, this isn't wannabe heroics it simply looking out for each other when it is as plain as the nose on your face that those responsible for law and order in this country are not on our side and have betrayed us.

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - Engineer Andy

I agree 100% GB and have been saying this for some time as well, including on the forum. People these days live in their own little bubbles, not wishing to ever get involved in the goings on outside it, and only do so when they are personally and significantly affected.

Sadly, the similar attitude is pervasive within the authorities with their own agendas that pay lip service (it isn't all down to 'cuts') to many serious problems whilst paying way too much to non-issues and 'occupying the crease'.

Looking out for eachother does actually pay off in such matters, as I can personally attest to - not a vehicle crime, but regarding psotal theft/fraud.

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - Steveieb
This happened at a car boot near me and when the owner of the site noticed what was happening he Locked the robbers van in and called the police.
Their response was to say they were too busy to came but just give the owners of the cars with the cat missing a crime reference number.
The site owner who had risked his life decided never again.
Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - Lee Power

Try & find a car with a manicat ( cat bolted directly to the exhaust manifold ) as these are much harder to remove / steal.

Thieves target cars where the cat is underneath the floor so easy to get at by simply jacking it up.

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - retgwte

Avoid anything with keyless entry.

Far too easy to get into and steal.

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - alan1302

Avoid anything with keyless entry.

Far too easy to get into and steal.

We are talking about stealing the catalytic converter not the whole car though...and not all keyless cars are easy to steal

Car less likely to have catalytic converter nicked - Galaxy

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