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Are diesel catalytic converters worth anything?

Diesel catalytic converters that were manufactured prior to the emissions standard change in 2007 have very little value. Halfway through 2007 when that change went into effect, DPF’s(Diesel Particulate Filters) and DOC’s(Diesel Oxidation Catalysts) started being used. In order for these diesel exhaust systems to work properly in the reduction of pollutants, larger quantities of Platinum had to be used.

As a result, DPF Systems manufactured after 2007 have a much higher recycle or scrap value.

What is a catalytic converter?

A catalytic Converter is a cylinder that creates a chemical reaction in an automobile’s exhaust. The catalyst is made out of Platinum, Palladium, and Rhodium. These specialty metals change the exhaust from harmful gases, into harmless gases.

How much is my scrap catalytic converter worth?

Our online catalogs contain over a hundred different categories and grades, containing hundreds of pictures in each grade. The catalytic converters pricing varies in price according to platinum, palladium and rhodium content.

How does a catalytic converter work?

Watch the video below to learn how a catalytic converter works!

What is a full catalytic converter?

The first picture below is a cutaway example of how a “Full Scrap Catalytic Converter” looks. Notice there are two sections or “biscuits” of ceramic material. The middle picture below is an example of a catalytic converter that has lost half of its original content due to crumbling apart and exiting through the exhaust pipe. This converter is considered 1/2 full. (HALF FULL) Please note: Not all catalytic converters that are 1/2 full are a direct result of deterioration. Sometimes the come from the factory only built 1/2 full. The last picture below (to the right) is an example of a “HOLLOW” scrap catalytic converter. All the contents have exited through the exhaust. Catalytic converters that are hollow have no precious metal recovery value.