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While it’s not as sexy to steal as a Bose stereo system or as useful as your registration and insurance information, instances of stolen catalytic converters are on the rise, and are easy to steal from an SUV or truck.

The typical catalytic converter contains precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium and is easy to cut out from underneath higher-profile vehicles such as SUV’s and trucks, reports the Institute of Scrap Recycling. Although thieves only net around $100 for a converter, replacing it can be 10 times as much to Chapman Ford Scottsdale customers, especially if other components have been damaged during the theft.

According to Nationwide Insurance Company, catalytic converter thefts generally happen to vehicles parked for prolonged periods of time in large lots, such as shopping centers, mass transit centers or company parking lots. Thieves slide under high-clearance vehicles and use a cordless saw to cut the converter out. One thief caught in Michigan in 2013 demonstrated it took only 28 seconds to cut a catalytic converter out from under a Tacoma truck. To help combat metal theft in Arizona, the legislature passed several laws in 2013 to make it tougher for criminals to sell stolen metal. But how can Phoenix Ford customers protect themselves from becoming victims of this crime?

Nationwide Insurance offers this advice to prevent the theft of your catalytic converter:

  • Always park in well-lighted areas
  • At shopping centers and other similar parking lots, park close to the entrance of the building or near the access road where there’s a lot of traffic
  • If you own or work at a business or factory, park within a fenced area that’s busy during the day and secured at night
  • Engrave your license plate number on the converter to make it traceable
  • Purchase a vehicle security system and make sure it’s set to trigger with just the slightest motion
  • Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a couple of pieces of hardened steel welded to the frame
  • Check out the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at your local auto parts store or online

For more information on securing your catalytic converter on your Ford vehicle, talk to one of the knowledgeable service advisers at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

 

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Want a shot at driving some of Ford’s latest vehicles, including the 2015 Mustang, F-150 and Expedition? Sign up for the Ford EcoBoost Challenge, slated this year for April 12 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Phoenix Ford customers will get a chance to drive some of Ford’s most popular vehicles on three closed-course tracks. The event begins at 9am and runs until 6pm. Pre-registration is required and is available online at http://ecoboostdrive.com/Form.aspx.

Last year, more than 28,000 participants enjoyed driving new 2014 models, and this year will be no exception. At this year’s Challenge, participants can race against the clock in a Ford Fiesta ST, run hot laps with a professional driver in a Focus ST and put the C-MAX Hybrid up against the competition.

“Whether it’s our EcoBoost or electrified products, there’s no better way to experience the quality, innovation and fun of the Ford lineup than to get in the driver’s seat,” said Amy Marentic, Ford global car and crossover group marketing manager. “The EcoBoost Challenge lets consumers experience for themselves the technology that helps Ford deliver better fuel economy and a more engaged driving experience than the competition. And it’s just a lot of fun!”

Phoenix is the first stop in the 2014 EcoBoost Challenge and will feature three tracks: An ST Performance Academy layout, a Hybrid Challenge course and an EcoBoost Challenge Drive. Both the hybrid and EcoBoost courses will allow Chapman Ford Scottsdale participants to drive Ford products against the competition.

Ford EcoBoost engines help conserve fuel without sacrificing power by combining cutting-edge engine tech such as turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing. By the end of 2014, more than 90 percent of Ford’s North American lineup of vehicles will be available with an EcoBoost engine.

To view Chapman extensive online inventory, or to schedule a test drive of a Ford EcoBoost product, visit www.chapmanfordaz.com.