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AAA Texas providing free catalytic converter etching

Some white spray paint and a little bit of etching is perhaps all it takes to maintain your catalytic converter.

HOUSTON, Texas — As automotive homeowners proceed to battle to maintain their catalytic converters, AAA Texas is hoping a extra everlasting resolution can lower down on thefts.

They’re providing a restricted variety of free catalytic converter etchings and are additionally working with native auto retailers to offer the service frequently.

Some white spray paint and a little bit of etching is perhaps all it takes to maintain your catalytic converter.

“It’s against the law of alternative, it’s so fast to commit. It’s so profitable. The quantity of money they’re getting for these catalytic converters is loopy,” stated Sgt. Eduardo Rivera with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Task Force. 

The crime has been on the rise as the value of treasured metals skyrockets. 

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“To date, between January and now, roughly 3,000 catalytic converters have been stolen,” Sgt. Rivera stated. 

AAA Texas says recyclers can pay $50 to $250 per catalytic converter, however the price to exchange one might be within the hundreds.

So doing one thing so simple as etching it would assist. While they hope it’s a deterrent to thieves, it may additionally assist you get well yours if it does get taken.

AAA Texas is teaming up with 9 Houston-area auto retailers to supply free appointments for catalytic converter etchings.

But if you happen to aren’t in a position to snag a kind of appointments, you can get the safety for free at your subsequent service, like an oil change. It’s a part of their new program. 

“To have our AAA-approved amenities, like Christian Brothers right here, they’ll have the ability to have their catalytic converters etched for free at taking part AAA retailers all around the state after they’re in for a paid service,” Dave Skaien, supervisor of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair Program, stated. 

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HCSO stated the etchings will give them a greater probability at discovering the victims and stopping the crime.

The free appointments are absolutely booked however AAA is wanting so as to add extra. They additionally plan so as to add extra retailers that can supply free etching with a paid service. 

You can discover extra data, go to AAA.com/repair to discover a facility that gives free etching with a paid service. 

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