You hear about catalytic converter theft all the time. As the price for precious metals increases so does the theft of scrap catalytic converters. The question to ask is what can you do as buyer to avoid buying stolen scrap catalytic converter.
What makes this difficult is that as a stolen catalytic converter looks exactly the same as one that is not? The only exception is if it from a new car, the converter will not have that “worn” or “rusted”. So , this will be a huge sign.
So, if you can’t tell from the converter, what can do?
You can never really eliminate buying stolen converters. However, you reduce the rick. The first step is to know your customer base. By working with reputable companies/people, this will go a long way to buying legitamate converters.
However to grow your business, you will want to take on new customers. So, the first step is to record their name, address and phone number. Also, you should take a copy of their driver’s license. If a person is unwilling to do this, this will be a great sign that something is not right.
After gathering the basic information, the most obvious step is look at the amount of converters the person is selling and the mix of converters that you are buying from them. Remember, each converter purchase should have mix of different categories. Here is what a typcial purchase mix should look like
If the amount of converters are small and of the same type, this also can be a sign that something is not right.
So, at the end , the risk of purchasing stolen catalytic converter can never be eliminated but it can reduced.