Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

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Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby clive » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 pm

Totally off topic for the club but if you own an early Honda Jazz be aware the catalytic converters are being stolen as they apparently have a high level of semi-precious metals.
Sadly I parked mine outside the house with both wheels on the curb (standard practice in our narrow road) giving perfect access to the underside. Removed with a dremel or similar. Car will probably be a right off if I claim. Grrr....
Went to my local garage for an estimate and they were able to give me an exact quote as they had already done two replacements that day. :headbang:
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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby cfaber » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:21 pm

FYI this is true for all catalytic converters. They contain platinum and palladium amongst other valuable metals
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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby clive » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:50 pm

True Colin but in the UK the Jazz is being specifically targeted because the early models have more of the metals than more modern ones. Unfortunately the registration number gives away the age, although in my case the battered appearance might have given it away.
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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby SPRIDDLER » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:38 pm

From the BBC website........Sept 20th. 2019............

There has been a huge rise in catalytic converters being stolen from cars in 2019, police in London say.

For the first six months of 2019, the number of thefts of catalytic converters jumped to 2,894, compared to 1,674 thefts for all of 2018.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49767195
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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby pkr87 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:25 am

Some time ago there was a spate of catalytic converter thefts locally, at the time I wondered where were they being sold some body must be buying them knowing that they were stolen.

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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby cbranni » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:34 pm

My neighbour flew back into Heathrow yesterday to find his cat had been stolen from his Toyota while it was parked in the hotel car park, the AA man told him it's a common occurrence these days.

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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby Mick D » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:37 pm

It's a well publicised fact by the RSPCA - people should not leave cats in cars when parked for prolonged periods.

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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby cbranni » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:23 pm

I was waiting for the comments Mick but thought Spiddler would beat you to it :D

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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby clive » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:36 pm

After establishing that the scrap value of the car was about £130 i decided i might as well claim. Ominously the contact from the insurance company is from the Total Loss Unit. Expecting an uneconomic to repair write off
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Re: Early Honda Jazz catalytic converter

Postby SPRIDDLER » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:07 pm

clive wrote:After establishing that the scrap value of the car was about £130 i decided i might as well claim. Ominously the contact from the insurance company is from the Total Loss Unit. Expecting an uneconomic to repair write off

I bet the Excess on your policy is more than that.......... :? P'raps you'll end up owing them money.


cbranni wrote:I was waiting for the comments Mick but thought Spriddler would beat you to it :D

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However, to reduce the risk of injury to any Essex members tempted to make themselves a few quid they should note the guidance recently issued by their local police:

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