Gasoline consists of hydrocarbon molecules. The vehicle's engine system is designed to optimize the combustion process to emit carbon dioxide and water. However, the process is often inefficient and incomplete due to various factors and this process produces harmful carbon monoxide gasses and unburned hydrocarbons. To mitigate the hazard, vehicles are fitted with catalytic converters to convert the harmful emissions to carbon dioxide and water molecules.
The catalytic converter contains ceramic for maintaining high temperatures which are essential for the catalytic chemical processes. Additionally, the converter contains rare metals such as palladium, rhodium, and platinum. These metals are increasingly becoming scarce and consequently expensive due to their versatile applications. Therefore, if you want to make quick cash, you should follow the following strategies in selling your catalytic convertors.
- Determine the type of the catalytic convertor
Different vehicle makes and models have varying catalytic convertors designed to achieve different levels of efficiency, product differentiation, as well as compliance with different government regulations on pollution.
The vehicle identification number (VIN) can specify the types of rare metals used. Alternatively, the catalytic converters are usually labeled with serial numbers that can be decoded to ascertain the efficiency, year of manufacture, type of metals, country of origin, and other critical information.
If the shell has rust, you can clean the sediment to reveal the serial number while avoiding any further damage to the shell casing that can also fetch you a few dollars per pound at a scrapyard.
- De-cane the catalytic convertor
Some car models have converters that are not inscribed with a serial number hence making it difficult to determine the quantity of the rare metals. To avoid being shortchanged at the scrap yard, you should consider having the convertor professionally de-canned to reveal the honeycomb-patterned structure.
As you de-can, it is important to apply consistent and moderate pressure to avoid damaging the casing of the converter as it can be exported for reuse in another country as the U.S. Clean Air Act outlaws the sale of used catalytic converters in the country.
- Get a quote
Production of rare metals has been hampered by the covid pandemic and most catalytic convertors manufacturers are turning to scrap metal recyclers to source for inputs. Hence, there are many scrap metal dealers with an online presence often offering free quotation services.
You should be cautious to avoid falling for a scammer who may request you to send the convertor via courier services for value appraisal. Moreover, you should avoid back street scrap metal dealers who do not request for any type of documentation to ascertain the real owner of the catalytic convertor. The unauthorized buyers have greatly contributed to the proliferation of the catalytic convertors market by supporting the rampant theft of these critical devices.
To play your role in safeguarding environmental degradation due to the mining of palladium, rhodium, and platinum and to curb the rampant theft of catalytic convertors, you should only transact with accredited and authorized scrap metal recyclers.
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