- Car Care & Maintenance
Catalytic Converter Prices
The price of a new Catalytic Converter can run you low as $100 to as high as several thousand dollars. Typically, the higher priced units are bolt-in direct replacement and are simply installed with very low labor costs. The lower priced units are installed by cutting out the defective unit with a blow torch and welding in the new converter.
Depending on the tools you have in your garage, you could save on the labor costs by installing the unit yourself. Otherwise, it is advisable to take your car to a mechanic or Muffler Shop for the repair. Most car owners will choose the later especially if they do not have the welding equipment to replace the converter.
Labor costs will vary from shop to shop and since it is a very easy job to estimate, your mechanic will usually provide you a quote over the phone. This makes it very efficient in locating the lowest price.
If you decide to install the Catalytic Converter yourself, you need to first locate the part. This task is very simple and the replacement converter or bolt-in unit can be bought at most online Auto Parts stores. Many online stores cannot ship to California and you are forced to purchase the part at a local parts store such as Pep Boys. They may have to order the part but this typically doesn’t take any longer than ordering online.
Whichever method you decide to repair your catalytic convert, the repair cost and price of the converter will run you several hundred dollars. This may cost you more by purchasing the higher end bolt-in units even though the labor costs are lower.