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How to prevent catalytic converter theft

Cross-section of a catalytic converter

In this article, we take a look at the rise in thefts of catalytic converters, why this may have occurred, and, more importantly, how you can prevent catalytic converter theft happening to your vehicle. Plus, find out about what to do if you are affected by this type of theft.

Catalytic converters (CATs) are a crucial component of a car’s exhaust system. They’re located under the car, attached to the exhaust pipe (usually with bolts). A catalytic converter cleans harmful gases before they exit a vehicle’s exhaust pipe.

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Night Driving – how to stay safe on the road when it’s dark outside

Car passenger's view driving at night

Night driving is a unique skill and one that takes some getting used to for even the most confident daytime drivers.  With that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to go through some of the most effective techniques and tips for taking to the road once the sun’s gone down.

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Confidential driver data was accessed by accident management firms

NAB logo

A new investigation by RMIF National Association of Bodyshops (NAB) has revealed that driver data - including both phone numbers and addresses - may have been accessed by third parties not involved in the repair of vehicles.

The bodyshop repair firm has spent several months investigating potentially serious leaks of confidential information by repairer management systems, with personal data being released to third-party legal firms and other accident management companies.

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Should cars have an expiry date?

While the debate rumbles on regarding expiry dates for car seats for young children, there is another question on the lips of many regarding expiry dates for cars themselves.  It’s a particularly hot topic over in India at present with the Indian government working on a policy to determine the “end of life” of vehicles sold across the nation.

In the next ten years, the Indian government and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) anticipate the country’s automotive industry will explode to upwards of $300 million in value terms; generating up to 12 per cent of India’s GDP.  It’s this unprecedented surge in demand which will lead to more cars on Indian roads and the need for older vehicles to be scrapped.

But the Indian government is not simply sticking an arbitrary number of years on the lifespan of a vehicle; it is set to implement a policy that takes into account a vehicle’s actual performance.  By conducting bi-annual periodic emission checks, the government will determine a vehicle is not fit for road use should it fail these tests, deeming it fit for scrapping.

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VIC scheme abolished: how does it impact you?

The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme was abolished late last year following lengthy consultation between the Department for Transport (DfT) and key stakeholders.

The developments have been long-overdue with many members of the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association (MVDA) Vehicle Recyclers’ Association (VRA) calling for change in recent years.

The VIC scheme originated in 2003 when the DfT attempted to reduce car ringing which, at the time, was costing the national economy as much as £3bn a year. Car ‘ringing’ is the passing-off of stolen cars as accident or damage-repaired vehicles; resulting in innocent car buyers purchasing a vehicle that is later found to be stolen.

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