New catalytic converter law aims to curb dramatic increase in thefts in Washington state

A new law to deter catalytic converter theft goes into effect July 1 that puts more rules on scrap metal businesses.

SEATTLE — Bud Sparrs has been around cars for most of his life. He owns Buds Auto & Truck Recycling. He said he gets calls weekly about catalytic converters, 

“They call me and say it’s not stolen, ‘it’s not off of my car, it’s off of my girlfriend’s car.’ I don’t buy it,” he said.

Years ago, Sparrs made the decision not to buy catalytic converters. Catalytic converter thefts have increased dramatically in the past few years, especially in Washington state.

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