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The Right Catalytic Converter For Your Vehicle

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When it comes to choosing the right catalytic converter for your vehicle, there are many things to consider.

The Right Catalytic Converter For Your Vehicle

When it comes to choosing the right catalytic converter for your vehicle, there are many things to consider. Price, performance, and what your state’s regulations are when it comes to passing emissions tests. Below is our 4 point guide on what steps we take to make sure you get the right catalytic converter to meet your needs.

As your local catalytic converter experts, we know that some people prefer to get their hands dirty and do the work themselves, and others prefer to let the professionals, like us at The Catalytic Converter Shop, handle it for you. Either way, our goal is to be your best source of information to show you the best choices.

Before we go about taking steps to find the right catalytic converter for your vehicle, let’s first look at emissions testing and exemptions. 

Massachusetts Smog Check / Emissions Test

The state of Massachusetts requires an annual mandatory vehicle safety inspection and vehicle emissions test. Obviously, these tests are in place to help reduce air pollution and protect our environment and the people of Massachusetts. The program and testing requirements are run by The Massachusetts Registry for Motor Vehicles (RMV) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. We all know that these tests are an important service and are vital to our air quality.

All motor vehicles in Massachusetts must pass the annual safety inspection, but the following vehicles are exempt from smog checks:

  • Cars, trucks, and SUVs made in the 2000 model year or earlier but do not emit visible smoke
  • Diesel vehicles weighing less than 8,500 lbs and made before 2003 and/or are over 15 years old
  • Construction equipment, such as articulated loaders, backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, excavators, loaders, and pavers  (This does not include pickups or vehicles owned by construction companies driven on MA roadways (i.e. semis, dump trucks, cement trucks, etc.)
  • Tracked vehicles
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Military vehicles
  • Tractors and off-road farm equipment (does not include pickups or vehicles with farm registration plates driven on MA roadways)
  • Diesel vehicles weighing up to 10,000 lbs and made before the 2007 model year and/or are over 15 years old
  • Non-diesel medium-duty vehicles made before the 2008 model year and/or are more than 15 years old
  • New vehicles
  • Mopeds, motorcycles, and tactical military vehicles
  • Electric vehicles

Now that we have determined if you need to comply with the Massachusetts emissions standards, it is time to narrow down the search for the right catalytic converter for your vehicle. There are 4 basic steps to finding your ideal cat, and we listed them below.

Step 1) Focus On Your Vehicle - The first step to finding your catalytic converter is to eliminate what is not relevant in the search. First, we focus on the catalytic converter made to fit your vehicle’s year, make, and model.

Step 2) Identify The Emissions Level For Your Vehicle - We locate the sticker called the “Vehicle Emissions Control information Tag” which can be located in a few areas under your hood depending on the vehicle you own. It states the factory OBDII emissions certification for your vehicle. It will tell you whether your vehicle is certified for federal EPA emissions, California (CARB) emissions, or 50 State certification. This can be on the radiator support, on the underside of the hood, or on the strut tower.


Step 3) Get The Proper Converter Grade - For OBDII vehicles, there are two grades of catalytic converters based on the emissions certification of your vehicle.

  • Federal EPA Tier 0 and Tier 1 Certifications: for vehicles with this certification you will need to select the Standard or Heavy Metal (HM) Grade.
  • California (CARB) TLEV, LEV, ULEV, SULEV, or Federal EPA NLEV emissions: Any vehicle with one of these certifications will require a cat certified to be OEM Grade. As of 2009, this also includes vehicles in the state of New York.


Step 4) Choose The Configuration Of Your Converter - Now that we know the grade of your catalytic converter, the last step is deciding on whether you need one of 2 types of catalytic converter configuration types.

  1. Direct-Fit Configuration - This is where the catalytic converter was built to fit your exact vehicle’s make and model. These will just bolt right into place as they are designed for your exact car.
  2. Universal-Fit Configuration - This is a generic catalytic converter that meets the requirements for your vehicle, but can fit any vehicle with the same requirements. These will likely need to have some modification and custom fabrication to be made to fit your vehicle. These can be more cost-effective than a direct fit as they are normally at a lower price point. We recommend that a professional like us at The Catalytic Converter Shop do the work to make sure it is installed and working properly. Universal-fit catalytic converters are a great solution if your vehicle has a custom exhaust system. 

Contact Us For Professional And Cost-Effective Catalytic Converter Service

Now that you have all the facts, you can move forward towards getting a new catalytic converter for your vehicle. Whether you like or dislike the emissions laws, they are not going away and you will need to make sure your catalytic converter is in proper operating condition. 

When you need a new catalytic converter for your vehicle, contact the best in the business in Northeastern Massachusetts - The Catalytic Converter Shop 

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Meineke quoted $1,400 for the catalytic converters alone! These guys gave us an $800 quote for everything and ended up calling us and telling us that we could wait on the pipe for now and that our bill would be closer to $500! I will never go anyplace else for muffler work ever again.

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I’ve been going here for years - love these guys. Honest, reasonable and thorough. I’ve gone in thinking I needed an expensive job, and they sent me away saying I didn’t actually need anything. Plus they are fun to talk with.

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Atahar M.

Conventional auto repairers asked $900 to replace the whole system but they fixed it for $125. Also every employee in this place was very gentle and helpful. Totally recommend it.

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Andy S.

I’ve been in the automotive industry for 20 years....This is a professional shop that i have always and will always trust!

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Kaila F.

Dealer said would be a $1,700 fix. Here was $200!! Quick and good. Highly recommend.

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Noreen R.

Love these guys! They took our car in as soon as we walked in the door. What our dealership quoted $1,300 to fix, they did for $125 (with a 2 year warranty) in less than an hour.

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Jerome B.

They're affordable and reliable and do quality work
no hidden tricks or gimmicks. if i could give more STARS i would
i HIGHLY recommend coming here than anywhere else.

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Carl G.

High quality work does by a team that is professional and polite. HALF the cost of a Honda dealership. More importantly they talked me through the entire problem, proposed repairs, options and cost/price points. Never had a better experience!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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Jeremy A.

I asked on Facebook who everyone would recommend and was told this place over 10 different times! They fixed my car in 90 minutes. I would gladly recommend this place over and over again! Best experience ever! Highly impressed!!!

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Nicole M.

Got my car in right away and saved me HUNDREDS of dollars!! Talk about an amazing, honest & professional mechanic! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for not only saving my car but also my bank account! My sister & father are also customers, we all HIGHLY recommend.

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Moldy B.

All my family and friends know and trust this company. I went in there expecting to spend about $600-700 and a few hours to a day without my truck. They took me right away and I was out of the place in 30 min from the moment I pulled in and only spent a little over $100. I was amazed at the speed and price.

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Jennifer E.

Meineke quoted $1,400 for the catalytic converters alone! These guys gave us an $800 quote for everything and ended up calling us and telling us that we could wait on the pipe for now and that our bill would be closer to $500! I will never go anyplace else for muffler work ever again.

Yelp!

Sarah B.

I’ve been going here for years - love these guys. Honest, reasonable and thorough. I’ve gone in thinking I needed an expensive job, and they sent me away saying I didn’t actually need anything. Plus they are fun to talk with.

Google

Atahar M.

Conventional auto repairers asked $900 to replace the whole system but they fixed it for $125. Also every employee in this place was very gentle and helpful. Totally recommend it.

Google

Andy S.

I’ve been in the automotive industry for 20 years....This is a professional shop that i have always and will always trust!

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Kaila F.

Dealer said would be a $1,700 fix. Here was $200!! Quick and good. Highly recommend.

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Noreen R.

Love these guys! They took our car in as soon as we walked in the door. What our dealership quoted $1,300 to fix, they did for $125 (with a 2 year warranty) in less than an hour.

Google

Jerome B.

They're affordable and reliable and do quality work
no hidden tricks or gimmicks. if i could give more STARS i would
i HIGHLY recommend coming here than anywhere else.

Google

Carl G.

High quality work does by a team that is professional and polite. HALF the cost of a Honda dealership. More importantly they talked me through the entire problem, proposed repairs, options and cost/price points. Never had a better experience!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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Jeremy A.

I asked on Facebook who everyone would recommend and was told this place over 10 different times! They fixed my car in 90 minutes. I would gladly recommend this place over and over again! Best experience ever! Highly impressed!!!

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Nicole M.

Got my car in right away and saved me HUNDREDS of dollars!! Talk about an amazing, honest & professional mechanic! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for not only saving my car but also my bank account! My sister & father are also customers, we all HIGHLY recommend.

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Moldy B.

All my family and friends know and trust this company. I went in there expecting to spend about $600-700 and a few hours to a day without my truck. They took me right away and I was out of the place in 30 min from the moment I pulled in and only spent a little over $100. I was amazed at the speed and price.

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How Catalytic Converters Work

Catalytic converters have become commonplace in today’s world of motor vehicle usage. It has not always been this way. In the past, rising pollution levels due to vehicle exhaust fumes have become the cause of the haze of smog that fills the air over many major cities. With millions of cars on the roads across America, it is no wonder something had to be done.

What's The Difference Between A Catalytic Converter And A Muffler?

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Cost Of Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters are an essential part of every vehicle’s exhaust system. They convert harmful exhaust gases into less harmful emissions before they leave your vehicle’s tailpipe. Through the years they have progressed from non-existence to a great option to help protect the environment, to a mandatory part of every motor vehicle’s exhaust system.

How To Protect Your Catalytic Converter

Catalytic converters have been required in all gasoline-powered cars and trucks in the U.S. since 1975. They are part of a car’s exhaust system and help reduce toxic emissions and pollutants. Catalytic converters also contain precious metals like palladium, platinum, and rhodium which are currently being sold for high prices on the black market.

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Book an appointment with The Catalytic Converter Shop in Massachusetts today to have your catalytic converter inspected, repaired, or replaced by our experienced team of professionals. We will make the process fast and easy. Click below to send us your details, or call us today at (978) 536-9311.

Jennifer E.

Meineke quoted $1,400 for the catalytic converters alone! These guys gave us an $800 quote for everything and ended up calling us and telling us that we could wait on the pipe for now and that our bill would be closer to $500! I will never go anyplace else for muffler work ever again.

Yelp!

Sarah B.

I’ve been going here for years - love these guys. Honest, reasonable and thorough. I’ve gone in thinking I needed an expensive job, and they sent me away saying I didn’t actually need anything. Plus they are fun to talk with.

Google

Atahar M.

Conventional auto repairers asked $900 to replace the whole system but they fixed it for $125. Also every employee in this place was very gentle and helpful. Totally recommend it.

Google

Andy S.

I’ve been in the automotive industry for 20 years....This is a professional shop that i have always and will always trust!

Google

Kaila F.

Dealer said would be a $1,700 fix. Here was $200!! Quick and good. Highly recommend.

Google

Noreen R.

Love these guys! They took our car in as soon as we walked in the door. What our dealership quoted $1,300 to fix, they did for $125 (with a 2 year warranty) in less than an hour.

Google

Jerome B.

They're affordable and reliable and do quality work
no hidden tricks or gimmicks. if i could give more STARS i would
i HIGHLY recommend coming here than anywhere else.

Google

Carl G.

High quality work does by a team that is professional and polite. HALF the cost of a Honda dealership. More importantly they talked me through the entire problem, proposed repairs, options and cost/price points. Never had a better experience!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Facebook

Jeremy A.

I asked on Facebook who everyone would recommend and was told this place over 10 different times! They fixed my car in 90 minutes. I would gladly recommend this place over and over again! Best experience ever! Highly impressed!!!

Google

Nicole M.

Got my car in right away and saved me HUNDREDS of dollars!! Talk about an amazing, honest & professional mechanic! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for not only saving my car but also my bank account! My sister & father are also customers, we all HIGHLY recommend.

Facebook

Moldy B.

All my family and friends know and trust this company. I went in there expecting to spend about $600-700 and a few hours to a day without my truck. They took me right away and I was out of the place in 30 min from the moment I pulled in and only spent a little over $100. I was amazed at the speed and price.

Google

Jennifer E.

Meineke quoted $1,400 for the catalytic converters alone! These guys gave us an $800 quote for everything and ended up calling us and telling us that we could wait on the pipe for now and that our bill would be closer to $500! I will never go anyplace else for muffler work ever again.

Yelp!

Sarah B.

I’ve been going here for years - love these guys. Honest, reasonable and thorough. I’ve gone in thinking I needed an expensive job, and they sent me away saying I didn’t actually need anything. Plus they are fun to talk with.

Google

Atahar M.

Conventional auto repairers asked $900 to replace the whole system but they fixed it for $125. Also every employee in this place was very gentle and helpful. Totally recommend it.

Google

Andy S.

I’ve been in the automotive industry for 20 years....This is a professional shop that i have always and will always trust!

Google

Kaila F.

Dealer said would be a $1,700 fix. Here was $200!! Quick and good. Highly recommend.

Google

Noreen R.

Love these guys! They took our car in as soon as we walked in the door. What our dealership quoted $1,300 to fix, they did for $125 (with a 2 year warranty) in less than an hour.

Google

Jerome B.

They're affordable and reliable and do quality work
no hidden tricks or gimmicks. if i could give more STARS i would
i HIGHLY recommend coming here than anywhere else.

Google

Carl G.

High quality work does by a team that is professional and polite. HALF the cost of a Honda dealership. More importantly they talked me through the entire problem, proposed repairs, options and cost/price points. Never had a better experience!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Facebook

Jeremy A.

I asked on Facebook who everyone would recommend and was told this place over 10 different times! They fixed my car in 90 minutes. I would gladly recommend this place over and over again! Best experience ever! Highly impressed!!!

Google

Nicole M.

Got my car in right away and saved me HUNDREDS of dollars!! Talk about an amazing, honest & professional mechanic! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for not only saving my car but also my bank account! My sister & father are also customers, we all HIGHLY recommend.

Facebook

Moldy B.

All my family and friends know and trust this company. I went in there expecting to spend about $600-700 and a few hours to a day without my truck. They took me right away and I was out of the place in 30 min from the moment I pulled in and only spent a little over $100. I was amazed at the speed and price.

Google