These were the most targeted vehicles for catalytic converter theft in Massachusetts in 2022

For years we’ve been reporting how easy it is for thieves to steal a catalytic converter. Now we’re learning how many were taken last year.

Carfax analyzed thousands of service repair records and estimates as many as 153,000 catalytic converters were removed by thieves across the U.S. in 2022.

“I would say that the number of catalytic converter thefts definitely was up in 2022,” said Carfax Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen.

According to Carfax data, the Honda CR-V was the most popular target in Massachusetts last year, followed by Ford F-Series trucks, the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Explorer. Two types of Subaru, the Outback and Forester, Toyota Prius, Ford Econoline van, and Nissan Altima round out the top ten.


  • Honda CR-V

  • Ford F-Series

  • Honda Accord

  • Toyota Camry

  • Ford Explorer

  • Subaru Outback

  • Toyota Prius

  • Subaru Forester

  • Ford Econoline

  • Nissan Altima

Olsen said the problem persists because the precious metals inside converters—platinum, palladium and rhodium—are still extremely valuable. Olsen said just one ounce of rhodium can fetch someone $10,000.

“Until those precious metal prices start to fall, the incentive is there for thieves,” Olsen said.

State Rep. Steve Howitt knows the feeling of being ripped off. A few years ago, Howitt said someone removed the catalytic converter from his Ford F-250. Howitt helped spearhead H.5356, a new Massachusetts law that requires strict record keeping at metal scrap yards and eliminates cash payments.

“It doesn’t necessarily cut down on the crime, but it makes it more difficult for them to fence the product,” Howitt said.

Olsen recommends vehicle owners park in a garage. If that’s not an option, park in a well-lit area and don’t leave your car unattended for long periods of time. If you have an older vehicle, Olsen says you should consider getting comprehensive auto insurance.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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