List of Ford F-Series Pickup Truck Catalytic Converter Thefts
Thefts of catalytic converters have increased in recent years. This essential technology helps ensure that cars, trucks and SUVs give off less toxic fumes. According to CarFax, 1985-2021 Ford F-Series pickups, including F-150s, F-250s and other Ford trucks, are the most targeted for this theft.
Ford F-Series pickups are targeted for catalytic converter thefts
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is an organization dedicated to fighting insurance fraud and crime. In this case, CarFax and the NICB tracked thefts reported to insurance companies, such as the theft of a catalytic converter. The NICB says the number of theft reports increased by 977%, from 1,300 in 2018 to over 14,000 reported in 2020. By the time 2021 rolled around, over 52,000 thefts had been reported. That’s a 1,215% increase from 2019, according to CarMax.
The main reason for this is the increase in the price of the precious metals present in the catalytic converter. The most targeted vehicle is 1985-2021 Ford F-Series pickup trucks like the F-150, F-250, and F-350. It wasn’t the only Ford on the list either. 1990-2022 Ford Econoline vans have also been targeted by thieves.
NCIB says Ford F-Series pickups are popular, but so are hybrids like the Toyota Prius
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The Ford F-Series and Econoline minivan were big on the country’s west coast, but not as popular as the Toyota Prius. Oddly enough, the F-Series truck was the most targeted vehicle in the Northeast, South, and Midwest. It’s easier for thieves to get up and under the Ford F-150 to steal the catalytic converter.
This catalytic converter theft could be total depending on the age of your car, truck or sport utility vehicle. If you do not have the appropriate insurance or no insurance, you have to pay out of pocket to buy a new one. This can be expensive and a considerable inconvenience.
“There is a clear link between times of crisis, limited resources and supply chain disruption that is driving these thefts.”
National Crime Insurance Bureau (NICB)
A hybrid, like the Toyota Prius, has an even more valuable catalytic converter. A regular Ford F-Series pickup would cost between $25 and $300. A catalytic converter from a hybrid can sell for up to $1,400. These need more precious metals which are so precious.
There’s not much you can do to protect your vehicle
Other cars targeted include the 1989-2020 Honda Accord and 1999-2021 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks. The 2005-21 Chevrolet Equinox, 1997-2020 Honda CR-V, and 1987-2019 Toyota Camry are also popular targets. There’s not much you can do if someone wants to steal your catalytic converter.
CarMax suggests parking in well-lit areas or in a garage if possible. A motion-sensor light outside a home may deter some thieves, but not everyone. You can also have your VIN engraved into the catalytic converter if you wish. This makes it easier to follow up if a day is missing.
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