How do they work?
Catalytic Converters, What is it? Do I need one?
A catalytic converter (colloquially, "cat" or "catcon") is a device used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. First widely introduced on series-production automobiles in the U.S. market for the 1975 model year to comply with tightening EPA regulations on auto exhaust, catalytic converters are still most commonly used in motor vehicle exhaust systems. Catalytic converters are also used on generator sets, forklifts, mining equipment, trucks, buses, trains, and other engine-equipped machines. A catalytic converter provides an environment for a chemical reaction wherein toxic combustion by-products are converted to less-toxic substances.
The US Department of Commerce has estimated, according to a 2008 report titled "Increase in Vehicle Cost Due to Implementation of Emission Standards", that catalytic converters add as much as $1200 on to the sticker price of a vehicle. The same report also stated that EPA required equipment, including catalytic converters, cost somewhere between 15% to 20% of the sticker price of a new vehicle. As an example, if the MSRP of a vehicle is $20,000 then 20% ($4000) of the MSRP price is due to EPA emission standards. Not only is there a rise in the cost of a purchase of a new vehicle, but also an increase in the cost of gasoline over the life time of the car. Catalytic converters limit the airflow of exhaust through the exhaust system making the system less fuel efficient. The EPA has estimated the loss of fuel efficiency by 5% per gallon. That is, a vehicle burns 5% more fuel to travel the same distance with a converter than it would without.
We Buy and Sell Catalytic Converters for your convenience.MORE
We buy Converters
The need for scrap Catalytic Converters continues to grow. We buy and process as many as 100,000 units per month or more. So, if you would like us to buy 1 or tens of thousands, please contact us.
You may ask, "How can I get a quote on my Catalytic Converters?". The answer is "Just call or Email us". We have been buying them for years and we need even more. If you would like us to arrange a container and shipping, just ask. We are ready and able to review your scrap supply all around the world.
We sell Converters
- If you need one, get it here.
- We have many different types of converters, please call or email for price and availability.
Universal Catalytic Converters.
Universal Catalytic Converters may be used on most cars and light trucks on the road today, but to be installed on a vehicle they do in most cases require, specific cutting and welding of the exhaust system. In addition Universal Catalytic Converters are not recommended in some cases. If you are interested in the purchase of a Universal Catalytic Converter and are not sure whether the application is correct for your vehicle please call our knowledgeable sales staff for assistance.
All Universal Catalytic Converters sold by APB & Associates are factory new not rebuilt, they carry full factory warranties and are EPA and CARB certified. We also carry some OBDII Universals that are approved for vehicles in California.
Universal Catalytic Converters are governed by strict vehicle weight and engine sizes. When shopping for universal units please pay close attention to the limitations of each unit pertaining to the GVW and engine size of that vehicle. When you see a weight and engine size listed for a specific converter it means that cat will work on any vehicle up to that total weight or engine and lower.