5711 No. 3 Road #160
Richmond, BC, Canada


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Car Boy Auto Repair

Car Boy Auto Repair

We're a well-established mechanic shop in the heart of Richmond, BC, passionate about racing and keeping you safe on the road.
Catalytic Converter

Catalytic Converter – Mechanic Shop in Richmond

The Growing Problem of Catalytic Converter Theft in Richmond

Catalytic converter theft has been on the rise in Richmond and the surrounding areas. This precious automotive component is an essential part of your vehicle’s exhaust system, helping to convert harmful pollutants into less toxic substances before they are emitted from the tailpipe. Thieves target these converters due to the valuable metals they contain, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium. With the increasing prices of these metals on the global market, catalytic converter theft has become a lucrative business for criminals.

The process of stealing a catalytic converter is relatively quick and straightforward. Thieves typically use a battery-powered saw to cut the exhaust pipe and remove the converter, often causing significant damage to the vehicle. The theft of catalytic converters not only leaves car owners with an expensive repair bill but also exposes them to potentially harmful emissions until the issue is resolved.

Why Skilled Labour and Expertise are Essential for Catalytic Converter Repairs

When faced with a stolen catalytic converter, vehicle owners must find a reliable and experienced mechanic shop to perform the necessary repairs. Unfortunately, not all mechanic shops possess the required skills and expertise to handle such complex tasks. Fabricating and welding tubing, as well as dealing with missing sensors, requires specialized knowledge and precision. Here’s why:

  • fabricating and welding tubing; replacing a stolen catalytic converter involves creating custom tubing to fit your vehicle’s specific make and model. Skilled fabricators and welders are necessary to ensure that the replacement tubing matches the original design and provides optimal performance.
  • Dealing with missing sensors; often, thieves not only steal the catalytic converter but also damage or remove vital sensors connected to it. These sensors monitor your vehicle’s emissions and performance, making it crucial to replace and recalibrate them correctly. An experienced mechanic will know how to handle these delicate components to avoid further damage or complications.
Catalytic Converter

CarBoy Auto – The Ultimate Solution for Catalytic Converter Theft Victims

At CarBoy Auto, we understand the frustration and inconvenience caused by catalytic converter theft. Our highly skilled and experienced team of technicians is well-equipped to handle all aspects of catalytic converter repairs and replacement, ensuring your vehicle is back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • extensive experience in catalytic converter repairs and replacement
  • highly skilled technicians with the ability to fabricate and weld tubing
  • expertise in handling and replacing missing or damaged sensors
  • a commitment to customer satisfaction and providing the highest quality of service.

In addition to our exceptional catalytic converter repair services, CarBoy Auto offers a range of automotive solutions, including:

  • general auto repairs
  • scheduled maintenance
  • brake services
  • engine diagnostics and repairs
  • tire services.

If you’ve fallen victim to catalytic converter theft or require any other automotive services, don’t hesitate to contact us at CarBoy Auto. Our team of highly skilled technicians is committed to providing the best quality service to our customers in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

Visit our website at https://www.carboyauto.ca/ or call us at 604-282-7223 to schedule an appointment today. Let CarBoy Auto be your trusted partner in keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently.

July 13. Charity Track day

Track Day – Monday August 13

July 13. Charity Track day

Heads up, we’ll be closed on Monday, August 13! We’ve been working really hard, and we’re taking a short break to spend it on the track  at the Speed Fanatics event!

This performance  driving event is located at the Mission Raceway and is a 2km long, 9-turn road course, which Speed Fanatics describe as “something that is ‘easy to learn, difficult to master'”. Can’t wait! 

If you’re from the Greater Vancouver area, and is looking for local track events to check out, definitely take a look at Speed Fanatics website!


Phone Troubles!

Hey all,

We just ported our number over to Telus and it’s not going so well. We’re unable to receive any phone calls, and their call forwarding isn’t working for us. We’re trying to get this resolved ASAP.

If it’s an emergency,  please send us an e-mail at carboyautorepairs@gmail.com, or shoot us a message on Facebook. 


First Track Meet – July 13

First track meet of the year is here, hurrah!

The Car Boy Team will be attending SpeedFanatics Track Event at Mission Raceway and our shop will be closed on Friday, July 13, 2018. We will re-open on Monday, July 16, 2018! We hope to see some of you there!



P.S. There will be food. 



When Should I do an Oil Change?

Oil changes.

5,000 km vs 8000 km vs 10,000km or even 25,000km, and everything else in-between. Which one is it?

The only way to settle the age ole dispute is to consult your owner’s manual. The previous standard was every three months, or 5000 km, whichever milestone you reach first but newer vehicles might suggest an oil change at every 7500-8000 km under ideal conditions.

However, if you tend to drive under severe driving conditions, such as: driving in stop-and-go traffic in hot weather, driving at low speeds for long distances, driving on debris-covered roads including dust, salt, mud, and sand, and towing/transporting heavy items with your vehicle – you might need an oil change sooner than the recommended.

If you choose to forgo your oil change, especially while driving under severe conditions, your oil will get dirtier and dirtier. Dirty oil is thicker and abrasive, and can cause more wear to your engine. Given enough time, the parts in the engine will become too hot, causing the engine to run less efficiently and eventually, warping and wearing out the components. If you leave things as it is at this point for an extended period, your entire engine will ultimately need to be replaced.

With that being said, oil in an engine is essential. It keeps things running smoothly and without it, the heat generated from metal-on-metal friction can cause some serious damage. Fortunately, changing your own oil is not as daunting as it may seem to be – a little messy maybe (if you’re new to it), but definitely DIY-able.



Summer vs. Winter Tires

Summer has finally arrived in Vancouver! It almost felt like winter would never leave us, but now that it’s mostly gone (fingers crossed) it’s time to dust off your shorts and more importantly, switch up your tires. But what’s the difference between summer and winter tires? There are three essential differences between the two types of tires: rubber compound, structure, and tread pattern.

1. Rubber Compound

Winter tires stay supple in the cold thanks to a higher natural rubber content. A softer rubber provides better traction on the road surface, allowing for better grip and handling. Summer tires, as well as all-seasons, have a lower natural rubber content and tend to become stiff in temperatures below 7 degrees C. However, they are able to adapt in warmer temperatures for better handling in dry and wet roads.

2. Structure

Winter tires also feature thousands of tiny grooves, also known as sipes, and an increased number of biting edges to increase traction by biting into snow, slush, and ice. Summer tires, on the other hand, have less sipes but specially designed tread bars to provide more grip and minimize aquaplaning.

3. Tread Pattern

Winter tires have deeper tread depths help to reduce snow build up and the unique tread pattern that channels snow and slush, and expelling water. Summer tires have simpler tread patterns that offers a larger braking distance.

Rubber Compound
Tread Pattern
      Summer                                                                                                          Lower natural rubber content that softens in milder temperatures, allows rubber to adapt to both dry and wet roads.                                                                                                                                                                        Fewer sipes, but have specially designed tread bars to combat aquaplaning and allow for more grip on both we and dry road surfaces.                                                                                                                                                   Simpler tread pattern that contributes to excellent handling and a greater braking distances.                                                                                                                                                                                                 
       Winter                                                                                       Higher natural rubber content allows tire to remain flexible in colder temperatures for better traction on slippery road surfaces        Increased number of sipes and biting edges for better grip on ice and snow                                                                                                                                                    Deeper treads and unique tread pattern to help channel snow and slush, and ensure that there is enough traction to push a vehicle forward on snow and ice covered roads.


With that being said, it is important to mount the right set of tires for the right season. Driving on winter tires during the spring would wear them down faster! So if you haven’t done so already, book your vehicle in to re-mount your summer or all-season tires.

P.S. Did I mention we also offer storage services for your tires?  


New Website Launch

Car Boy Auto Repair is proud to announce the launch of our new website! We’re an auto repair and maintenance shop located in the heart of Richmond, BC, with a team of dedicated mechanics who are passionate about racing and being in control of your safety.

Contact us today for repairs, maintenance, restorations, or your racing needs.

Out with the old, in with the gold!

Even though the rain and snow has been relentless, it is never too early to start preparing for this year’s racing season!

The Cricket is getting a few new upgrades, starting with freshly painted rims for some new Toyo Proxes R88R.

As tires get stiff with age, it is best to get fitted with new ones about every three years and the Cricket is due for a new set this season. If you’re looking for a set that is track-specific, go for something with a little more traction, but anything consistent and reliable is good too!

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Some of my favorite tires for the track are:

  • BFGood Rich G-Force Rival
  • Bridgestone Potenza Re-71R
  • Dunlop Direzza Zil Star Spec

We take the worry out of your car repair.

We are passionate about performance and being in control of your safety.
Knowing your vehicle and keeping it maintained is crucial to being safe on the road.

Book an appointment or bring your car in and we’ll get your car back to top performance!

(604) 282-7223


5711 No. 3 Road #160
Richmond, BC, Canada



Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm
Sun: 12 pm – 4 pm
Statutory Holidays: Closed

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