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Toyota Offers Catalytic Converter Theft Protection

Buying accessories or add-ons with a new vehicle purchase is one way dealerships inflate your new car price and are often recommended against to keep new-car costs down. However, here is one must-have optional accessory Toyota now offers that you will be glad you agreed to on the 2023 Toyota Prius that it turns out will also greatly benefit some earlier Prius models as well. Plus, find out how to save money by installing this accessory yourself.

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Protecting Your Prius from Catalytic Converter Theft

In earlier articles we’ve learned that in California the 2020-2021 Toyota Prius is the leader when it comes to the vehicle model most likely to be the victim of catalytic converter theft. Nationwide, the Toyota Prius comes in at #10.

Despite the fact that catalytic converter theft is a huge problem, automakers have not done much about the problem to help consumers. Until now.

According to a recent news piece by the CarScoops website, Toyota is now partnering with MILLERCAT CORP with a “Cat Shield” catalytic converter anti-theft device as an optional accessory at a cost much less than having to replace a stolen converter.

The option has been first launched for the 2023 Toyota Prius and can be ordered for $140 when making a new order on the Toyota website or at a dealership" states the news piece.

According to MILLERCAT CORP about their Cat Shield product:

• Our shields are made from high strength, lightweight aluminum to provide the best protection with minimal added weight.

• We use as many existing factory mounting points as possible to ensure a consistent, accurate, and secure fit.

• Our shield is the only removable shield in the market. This allows you to do work on your vehicle like change your O2 sensors without ruining your shield or vehicle.

• We use tamper resistant screws and rivet nuts to provide ultimate protection while being removable.

• Our louver vents provide the best ventilation and cooling for your vehicle while protecting your undercar from loose debris.

Whether or not the $140 add-in option includes installation, the cost may differ depending on the dealership and could be a negotiating point to use toward getting the best price on a new car.

However, installation is reportedly simple enough that many car owners can DIY it themselves to save money.

As an example, here is a video from the MILLERCAT CORP YouTube channel that demonstrates how it is done with earlier models of the 2016-2020 Prius.

2016-2020 Gen 4 Prius Cat Shield Installation Video

Older Prius Model Cat Shield Installation
In addition, the Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel also recently did a show and tell of how the Cat Shield can be DIY installed on an even older 2nd generation Prius.

Prius Gen 2 Catalytic Converter Shield from CAT SHIELD

And finally…

For additional articles related to catalytic converter theft, here are a few for your consideration:

Should You Consider a Catalytic Converter Delete?

The Toyota Most Likely to be Targeted for Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic Converter Criminal You Would Not Expect

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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