As with any used car part, trying to rid of your scrap catalytic converter can pose a few problems. Keeping old parts in your shop will give you storage headaches as you eventually run out of space for the tools and parts you really need. With a little bit of planning ahead of time, there are 5 different options available to you to get that unwanted catalytic converter off your hands without harming the environment.
Most auto parts stores will ask you for a core deposit of between $100 and $200. The idea behind core deposits is to keep scrapped car parts out of landfills. In many cases the old part can be refurbished and resold at a lower price. When buying your new catalytic converter ask if there is a core deposit. If there is a core deposit and you don’t know about it, you could be throwing away your money along with your old catalytic converter.
Auto wreckers are always looking for used parts that are still in good condition. Although you are scrapping your catalytic converter, it could still be salvageable. An auto wrecker will be able to tell you if he can save your catalytic converter or if it is beyond repair. If they are able to make some money off your scrap part, an auto wrecker will be more than happy to take it off your hands, possibly even offering you a few dollars for bringing it in.
With budgets shrinking, teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their students’ learning at little or no cost. Shop teachers love having actual parts for hands-on lessons that explain a catalytic converter’s job as part of the engine. Refurbishing old parts is also a great way for young mechanics to learn about parts they don’t often get the chance to handle. Get in touch with the auto shop teacher at the local high school or community college to see if they could use your old catalytic converter.
Online classified listings are not only a great way to find stuff, but they are also a great way to get rid of things you no longer want. If you offer up your scrap catalytic converter for free and even offer to deliver it, chances are it won’t be too long before somebody is willing to take it off your hands. Although most people who do troll online classifieds do so daily, people who are looking for something specific will usually only go back a week or two. If you don’t have immediate success in finding a taker, re-post your online ad every couple of weeks.
In the end, your scrap catalytic converter may be just that; scrap. If your old part is damaged beyond repair and can’t be made new again, take it to the scrap yard. It may take more effort than throwing the catalytic converter in the garbage, but keeping it out of the dump makes more environmental sense. If there is a scrap metal dealer nearby and you have enough to make the trip worthwhile, throw in your unwanted car parts to get a few dollars back.