Categories, Codes or Recycling?

What you have is worth much more than you may think.


“Thanks, but we have a guy that comes by to pick up the Scrap Catalytic Converters once a month.” or, “We have been selling to the same guy for over 20 years and we are not interested in trying something new.” Sound familiar? It does to us. We hear it all the time.

Well, as a dismantler, wrecking yard, muffler shop or any other type of location that gathers Scrap Catalytic Converters this may or may not be the most financially beneficial strategy for your business. Why? The values of each Catalytic Converter is changing every time the market for Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium changes. That change occurs daily.

If the person or company that buys your Catalytic Converters is up to date on the latest and highest prices, stick with them. If you are not sure about that, you may want to consider the examples below.

The purpose of the examples here are to help you see the differences between selling your units by the “Category price” ,”Code price” and the “Recycling” process. Which way is more profitable? Maybe the “Old way” is just that, “Old”. Maybe trying something “New” is a way to make even more than you make now with no additional impact to your business. In fact you will probably spend less time and effort with Catalytic Converters and at the same time make more money.

You should call us at 310-408-2300.

  • Selling by the Unit 65%
  • Selling by Code 75%
  • Recycling the Catalyst 88%

Let’s compare some sample units


Let’s start with this unit:


This unit is commonly known as a

Medium Chrysler or even a “Straight Side”


The code is 889A5261


Compare for yourself and see that recycling is the better choice.

Category price

$135.00
  • This is a common “Category” or “unit” price.
  • 889A 250

Code price

$265.10
  • Price paid by “Code”.
  • 889A 250
  • This “Code” price is an increase of 96% or $130.10 above the “Category” price. Multiply that by just 10 converters and you have an extra $1,310.00.

Next, let’s take a look at this unit:


This unit is commonly known as a

“Torpedo High”


The code is “2C3C PB TAN”


Compare for yourself and see that recycling is the better choice.

Category price

$201.00
  • This is a common “Category” or “unit” price.
  • 2c3c tan 250

Code price

$356.34
  • Price paid by “Code”.
  • 2c3c tan 250
  • This “Code” price is an increase of 77% or $155.34 above the “Category” price. Multiply that by just 10 converters and you have an extra $1,553.40.

Finally, let’s take a look at this unit:


This unit is commonly known as a

“Small Flow”


The code is “25318379″


Compare for yourself and see that recycling is the better choice.

Category price

$38.00
  • This is a common “Category” or “unit” price.
  • 25318379 250

Code price

$47.43
  • Price paid by “Code”.
  • 25318379 250
  • This “Code” price is an increase of 28% or $9.43 above the “Category” price. Multiply that by just 10 converters and you have an extra $94.30.

As you can see, Selling by Code makes you more money. But, the Recycling process tends to return the most.

Call us at 310-408-2300 to learn more.


These examples were created on 2-14-14. All prices and values are subject to change at any time.