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Catloc partners with Kwik Fit and Halfords for fitting solution

Halfords Autocentres and Kwik Fit are able to fit Catloc solutions purchased either from themselves directly or from elsewhere. Catloc solutions include a fitting voucher with all of its products purchased from 24th March 2014 that entitles the bearer to have their Catloc fitted at either a Kwik Fit branch or Halfords Autocentres branch for only £29.95 inclusive of VAT.

Whilst thieves make anywhere between £50 and £400 for selling on the precious metals in the catalytic converter, the cost to the vehicle owner/operator of replacement is on average £2,000, with some costing up to £10,000.

The firm says that over 25,000 vehicles were targeted by thieves between January 2010 and June 2013. It was believed that the majority of these vehicles targeted were vans, 4x4s, pickup trucks, people carriers and motor homes. However, according to the results of a recent freedom of information request, there is a growing trend for thieves to target any vehicle with a catalytic converter including saloons, hatchbacks and sports cars.

Catloc has developed several solutions to protect vehicles from this type of theft utilising either universal or bespoke fitment products for a wide range of vehicles. All of the firm’s solutions contain a police and Thatcham-approved Catloc marking & registration system which is also available as a separate product.

Catloc's managing director Paul Chase said: ‘Partnering with Halfords and Kwik Fit was an obvious choice for us as they are both well-known brands who are trusted in the market place. We believe these partnerships will offer motorists & fleet operators an easy and cost-effective way of protecting vehicles from catalytic converter theft.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.