Protect Your Vehicle’s Catalytic Converter

The rise in catalytic converter theft.


Between 2019-2020 The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported a 325 percent increase in theft of Catalytic Converters, and numbers have continued to climb.  Because of the metals it contains, this valuable part is one thieves covet, and every car and truck is a target.

If your fleet consists of big rigs, they are also vulnerable and a uniquely hot commodity in this ring of theft.

It is the size of a truck’s catalytic converter that makes it appealing to thieves. And unfortunately, because trucks are raised off the ground, they are unusually susceptible. In just a minute or two, a thief can slip under quickly and remove the bolts that hold the part in place.  The driver never realizes it happened until he hears the painful roar of the engine and is alerted by the “check engine” light.

Because a catalytic converter is valuable, easy to steal, and hard to trace, protective steps need to be taken to guard you from becoming the next victim:

  • Install an anti-theft device. Use a heavy-duty cable or weld the part to the base of your truck with durable steel. Or consider one of the many protective devices available at local auto parts stores (CatStrap and CatClamp are two with excellent reviews). These will slow down a thief tremendously, and time is something no thief can afford.
  • Set an alarm and motion-detection lights. If your vehicle is typically parked for long periods of time, consider installing a camera on your vehicle. Thieves often target parking lots where multiple trucks and/or vehicles are stored, so lighting and alarms are a MUST in these situations. The padlocked gate is simply no match for how well-organized this crime has become.
  • Engrave your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on your catalytic converter, just in case theft ever occurs; the part will be easier to trace and possibly recover. At the very least, authorities will perhaps get an advantage on these criminals and help save fleets substantial losses.

A small investment today may give you the critical peace of mind you need. Protect your fleet and fight the theft that is affecting the critical profits in our industry. 


The Importance of Nationwide Out of Stock Vehicle Locating

The need for out of stock vehicle locating services


You’ve closed the deal, guaranteed every detail on a vehicle for your most finicky client, have the invoice printed and ready to go.  That customer will be lifelong and content, but you must have that particular vehicle to him by the end of the week…and it is nowhere to be found. Wait, it’s in someone else’s stock…on the other side of the country.

A lost sale? Perhaps. But most certainly not if you have a trusted Out of Stock Vehicle Locating service.

This service will assure that your customer is satisfied, having made no concessions on what he wants or when he wants it.

Choosing a Vehicle Locating service is essential if you’re going to be able to keep your promises to your customer. Here are a few questions to ask when choosing a service:

What’s the guaranteed turnaround time (Yes, guaranteed. You don’t want to lose a sale because of someone else’s delay!)

What are the limitations of the locating service? Not all services work with EVERY make and model of a vehicle in ALL fifty states. If your service doesn’t have full access to most efficiently meet your needs, find one that does.

Will they simply locate the vehicle or deliver it as well?  It’s one thing to find the vehicle you need; it’s a completely different thing to bring it to you. When quick turnaround is imperative, your locating service needs to be well-staffed and equipped to get your vehicle to you on time.

What’s the ongoing communication once your vehicle is located? A reliable service will maintain communication with you through every step of the process. Your business’s success depends on sales, and your locating service company will understand your need to “hover.”

How about taxes and titling? Crossing state lines in the purchase of a vehicle can always be tricky. In choosing a locating company, it is always an asset to have them complete registration and titling as well.

ABS offers the right answers to all your Out of Stock Vehicle Locating needs. Give us a call or contact us today with these and any other questions you might have. It would be our privilege to help you have success with each and every one of your vehicle locating needs. 

Choosing the Service that’s BEST for Locating your Out of Stock Vehicle

Choosing the services that's best for your out of stock vehicle locating needs.

Let someone else handle this time-consuming task for you.

You know down to the square inch exactly what you need in a cargo transport vehicle, only to find that the rig or vehicle you need isn’t in stock anywhere close to your location! The right vehicle locating service will be able to find it for you and deliver it to you when you need!

Here are some essentials that will save you considerable time in locating process:

Their inventory:  When investigating vehicle location services, first make sure yours has a network of dealerships that is large enough to get you exactly what you want. Your first question when researching should be whether the company works within certain states or has a network of dealerships nationwide.

Your needs:  When discussing your vehicle needs with a locating service provider, have a list of the specific criteria that the vehicle must fulfill, and don’t budge from that list. It is the service provider’s job to meet the needs of your company; not the other way around! If they can’t find what you need, move on to the one that can.

The Negotiation:  No one likes to haggle on prices, so don’t! When you’re needing an out-of-stock vehicle, let the locator do the dirty work for you. An effective service will not only find what you need but negotiate price for you! This saves your company endless time and money as you acquire your fleet and get it on the road.

The Team:  You should consider your out-of-stock vehicle service a part of your commercial team. This means you need to be able trust its representatives for quick turnaround, and clear and dependable communication. Inquire with the service whether you will have a specific representative assigned to your fleet and how accessible that person will be.

Having an effective vehicle locating service in place before you have a specific need will ensure that your rigs will be where they need to be at the time they need to be. And we all know that on-time shipments are the key to success in this business!

ABS will not only locate out-of-stock vehicles for your company; it will transport those vehicles for you and provide tag and title services as well. Trust our representatives to meet all the needs of your commercial fleet. (ABS Tag & Title Out of Stock Vehicle Locating)

Need an Out-of-Stock Vehicle?

ABS Tag & Title can help with out-of-stock vehicle locating nationwide.

Nationwide Vehicle Locating

ABS Tag & Title specializes in nationwide out-of-stock vehicle locating. We pride ourselves on accuracy, consistency and speed of our service. No matter the vehicle, truck or piece of equipment you need to support your commercial vehicle fleets, ABS Tag & Title can help you with all of your out-of-stock new vehicle locating needs with excellence. ABS Tag & Title utilizes our resources, contacts and expertise to save you time and money. Let us do the heavy lifting and legwork for you while you get back to work.

Here’s how we do it:

  • Coordinate with our ABS Dealer Network throughout the United States
  • Negotiate competitive pricing on your purchase
  • Ensure you get quick turnaround and processing with clear, consistent communication from start to finish
  • Include ALL foreign and domestic makes and models – we make sure you get what you want!
  • 50 state filing service for your convenience
  • Complete nationwide registration and titling services
  • Transportation and delivery available – we are here for you

Interested in our Out-of-Stock Vehicle Locating services? Fill out the form here and our Out-of-Stock Locating specialist will be in contact to finalize your request.

At ABS Tag and Title, we understand that your fleet has to keep rolling. That’s why we provide a hands-on approach to customer service. No detail is too small, no problem too large for our customer success team. No more burdens for you, no more wait times for your drivers. We keep your business moving and the money coming in.

Experience for yourself the ABS Tag and Title Difference: Outstanding Customer Service!