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Stim

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Posted: 04/30/22 07:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So why don't converters have VIN numbers on them like so many body parts?

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Stim wrote:

So why don't converters have VIN numbers on them like so many body parts?


What many body parts have the VIN on them?


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Stim wrote:

So why don't converters have VIN numbers on them like so many body parts?


First, because that would be unworkable from a manufacturing point of view, a secondly, because it wasn’t an issue until fairly recently.

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Wade44 wrote:

Stim wrote:

So why don't converters have VIN numbers on them like so many body parts?


What many body parts have the VIN on them?


On my 1999 and 2008 jeep most if not all of the body parts either have the Vin or a serial number. The door glass, side glass and the tail gate glass has the vin number etched in the glass.

I had purchased from an individual a set hard doors and hard top for my 1999 Wrangler and I was able to do a search on the vin numbers to verify they were not stolen.

I do not see it being a difficult thing to etch or weld a vin number on the catalytic converters by the manufacturer.

Also we could do more in prosecuting anyone involved in the disposal of the converters.

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wow I have a 2004 jeep and can't find any on mine maybe owner did it.


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as a shop owner I see a lot of converter and airbag theft in my opinion the drug attics that steel them I feel sorry for the selvedge people that buy them should go to jail

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Just had mine stolen in my car 2 days ago at a mall about 4:00 PM. That same day when I talked to the cop that made the report, said 5 were stolen in the same area that day. He said these are organized rings doing it. Muffler shop that replaced mine said he replaced 40 since the beginning of this year. Cost $1480 to replace it, my cost was a $500 deductible. You would think that it would be done at night away from people and cameras, but this is happening in the middle of the day in parking lots because the closeness of the parked cars blocks the view from what they are doing.

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