Washington’s catalytic converter theft law takes effect July 1

On July 1, a new Catalyst Theft Deterrent Act comes into effect that includes more rules for scrap metal companies.

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

“They call me and say it’s not stolen, ‘It’s not from my car, it’s from my girlfriend’s car.’ I’m not buying it,” he said.

Sparrs decided against buying catalytic converters years ago. Catalyst thefts have increased dramatically in recent years, particularly in Washington state.

“I don’t want to help fund that. I don’t want to help fund stolen goods,” Sparrs said.

A law to combat catalytic converter theft comes into effect on July 1. The law passed unanimously in the Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee in late March. The law requires companies to provide records of their transactions and pay catalysts through a traceable source such as checks rather than cash.

“It won’t affect the junkyard, not an honest junkyard. It won’t affect us. It could prevent you from getting your cut if they don’t have a place to sell it,” Sparrs said.

Sparrs says he doesn’t see his refusal to buy catalytic converters as lost sales. He decided to help the problem by sponsoring and donating to Praisealujah Ministries. He donates some of the cars he gets that are repairable.

Kelly Crow is a pastor in Praisealuja and runs a treatment center in partnership with food ministries. He said he helped rehabilitate people who stole catalytic converters and cars.

“Yeah I’m around all the time and even our catalytic converters got stolen from all our trucks,” Crow said.

According to a report by BeenVerified, there have been more than 1,500 thefts in Washington so far in 2022. Washington’s catalytic converter theft law takes effect July 1

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