Best Price for your Catalytic Converter
If you have a scrap catalytic converter that you’re looking to get rid of, contact your local scrap yards. Phone around and see who will give the best price!
Note: We do not buy catalytic converters however if you have any cars, vans or motorbikes you are considering scrapping we can be of service. Fill out the online form or call us directly and discuss arranging pick-up.
What is a Catalytic Converter?
A catalytic converter is a device that transforms harmful emissions from internal combustion engines into less harmful substances, mainly on vehicles. It accelerates the chemical reaction between pollutants and oxygen in the air, converting them into harmless gases like carbon dioxide and water vapor.
To do this, catalytic converters use metals like platinum and palladium as catalysts. Over time, these metals can become poisoned by exhaust fumes, reducing their effectiveness. Thus, catalytic converters require periodic replacement, and their scrap counterparts can be recycled to recover precious metals.
Different Types Of Catalytic Converter
Catalytic converters come in three primary types: honeycomb, DPF (diesel particulate filter), and metallic foil. While there are aftermarket options available, they are generally less effective than OEM (original equipment manufacturer) units. Aftermarket converters, made by third parties, can replace your original one but tend to be costly upfront. However, their scrap value is typically low, ranging from £2 to £8 each.
Before scrapping a catalytic converter, ensure it’s intact inside, as any damage or loss of material reduces its value. This potential damage is one reason converters may fail and necessitate replacement.
Why are Catalytic Converters Worth So Much?
Catalytic converters are crafted with precious metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium, which hold substantial scrap value. Recent years have seen a surge in the scrap prices of catalytic converters due to the growing demand for these valuable metals.
The scrap value of catalytic converters depends on factors like the converter type and the precious metal content. Diesel converters house platinum and rhodium, while standard petrol converters contain palladium, platinum, and rhodium.
Among these metals, palladium stands out as the most precious and costly. Platinum and rhodium, although slightly less precious, remain valuable. Catalytic converters’ worth lies in their capacity to house recyclable and reusable precious metals.
The Recycling of Catalytic Converters
Recycling precious metals from scrap catalytic converters has become a thriving industry, driven by the rising prices of these converters. Scrap car companies have devised efficient methods for this process, involving the extraction of the valuable contents.
Initially, the converter is cut open to release its inner components, which are then finely milled into dust. This dust undergoes refining to isolate the precious metals, which are subsequently melted into reusable bars. Despite the issue of catalytic converter theft, recycling companies continue to recover these precious metals and supply them to car manufacturers.
What I Need To Sell My Catalytic Converter
To sell your used catalytic converter, bring a photo ID like a driver’s license or passport, along with a recent utility bill for verification. Also, have your bank details, ready. With these documents, you’re all set.