Replacement Catalytic Converters
Replacement catalytic converters are generally not needed because catalytic converters are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle, provided the car is maintained and regularly tuned. Although they are designed to last the lifetime of the car, every car has different wear and tear over its lifetime, requiring more maintenance that it doesn’t always get. Regardless of its design some catalytic converters need to be replaced from wear and tear or in some unfortunate cases from theft.
There are two types of replacements, aftermarket and refurbished. Aftermarket catalytic converters are designed to fit several different models and may not always meet EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards for certain cars. Because aftermarket converters are not designed for a specific model they are not as effective. Refurbished catalytic converters are old converters that have been reconstructed to their original condition. These are more effective because they are identical to the original part and therefore just as effective if not more effective than the original factory made part. SmithCat reconstructs their catalytic converters with higher amounts of the necessary precious metals than the rest of the market, making a more effective catalytic converter.