Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-07-22 04:06:27 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — A place no one wants to enter. Stuck in a car that doesn’t move.
To make matters worse, the cost of fixing it can cost the driver more. The shortage of supplies is pushing up prices and there is one auto part that you may not find at all.
“One of the things we can’t get is a catalytic converter,” said Frank Young, owner of K & Y Auto. “There is a serious shortage of catalytic converters when they are stolen.”
According to USA Today, catalytic converter thefts surged from 108 monthly in 2018 to 5,000 monthly in 2021.
Thieves often target them to make quick money from scrap dealers, but the main purpose of converters is to get rid of nasty chemicals from cars. Without it, the mechanic can install the pipe and the car will still run, but the difference is clear.
“When they start it, it smells like a car 40 to 50 years ago, you got black smoke coming out of the tailpipe,” Young said.
Catalytic converters are not supplied, but the parts supplied will probably dent the driver’s bank account.
“Prices for starters, alternators and radiators have risen by 20-30%, and customers may not be able to acquire priority brands,” Young said.
The biggest increase is the battery, which is also in short supply.
“A few years ago, we were able to buy batteries at Costco for $ 70, $ 80, and $ 90. Today, all batteries are over $ 100,” Young said.
His best advice is to shop, but you may not get exactly what you want.
“Sometimes you don’t have an expensive brand and you don’t have a cheaper part, do you want to drive a car?”
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