So my car didn’t pass smog and the mechanic says the catalytic converter is toast and will cost $800 to replace? Why is it so expensive to replace a catalytic converter? What does it even do?

So my car didn’t pass smog and the mechanic says the catalytic converter is toast and will cost $800 to replace? Why is it so expensive to replace a catalytic converter? What does it even do?

 
Catalytic converters essentially “burn” much of the bad stuff that comes out of the hindquarters of your car’s engine. For a full explanation, this is a good start. But as a practical matter, what you need to know is that the stuff INSIDE the convertor is mostly pricey metals — including platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold – so they aren’t cheap to make, and they’re even stolen! That’s why they’re expensive, and that’s why you should shop around. Prices vary widely, and once again, compare to lessen the sting.  ~ Bill

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on Sep 13, 2016

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