FAQ’s About Recycling Your Scrap Catalytic Converters
Below we answer common questions about scrapping and recycling your catalytic converters, how much your catalytic converter is worth, how to scrap it, how to ship it, and also how you are going to get paid.
Some Things To Keep In Mind:
- We have INSTANT PAYMENT available through PayPal or Venmo. Once we receive your catalytic converter we can send a payment within 1 business day through those services. Otherwise, we do offer check payments which typically take 2-5 business days. See full payment and shipping instructions.
- All prices quoted are based on full catalytic converters. Unless otherwise stated, our prices are based on your catalytic converter being full of material. A full cat will have material seen on the front and back of the container. If not, your price may vary. See how to prep your catalytic converters for quotes and shipping.
- We do NOT cover shipping for catalytic converters valued under $200. If you have over $400 worth of catalytic converters we do have bulk shipping reimbursement available. See details for shipping here.
- We do NOT pick up catalytic converters. Our facility is located in New Jersey either you must ship them to us or you can deliver them yourself if you are local.
How much is my catalytic converter worth?
Every catalytic converter is worth a different price. There are several factors that determine a price for a scrap catalytic converter, including year, make, model, and more.
Can I get an exact price quote?
You can send or text us pictures of your catalytic converters via our contact page. Be sure to also tell us the type of car or vehicle the catalytic converter came from. We will be able give you the most accurate quote when we receive pictures.
Once you receive a quote from us, you can ship your catalytic converter to us with that price in mind. After we inspect the catalytic converter and confirm that the honeycomb inside is full, we will pay you the price we originally quoted. If it does not meet our expectations of a full honeycomb, material missing, or a problem, we will contact you before buying it.
Can I get a quote for the serial number on my catalytic converter?
How should I ship my catalytic converter to you?
While we don’t say a particular service is better than another (it really depends on your location), we suggest using the Flat Rate Shipping Boxes from the USPS. As long as you can fit the catalytic converter(s) in the box they will ship.
The biggest suggestion is to make sure that you prepare your catalytic converter correctly and pack it with the appropriate protection. We also suggest using a lot of shipping tape to protect the box in transit. Please don’t forget to include a print-out of your quote & your payment information. Also, if the value of your catalytic converter is over $200, please include your shipping receipt for reimbursement.
How much does it cost to ship my catalytic converters?
Like we mentioned in the above answer, it depends on how you are shipping them but generally you can expect to pay $10-$30 for shipping, sometimes more money depending on weight and number of items.
We also have a special rate of how much we will reimburse you for your shipping costs depending on the value of the catalytic converters you are sending. Under $200 we do not reimburse shipping costs. If the value of your catalytic converter is over $200, please include your shipping receipt for reimbursement. See our shipping guidelines page for more information.
Once I ship my cat, how do I know I'll get paid?
This is a understandable concern that customers have. While you may be weary of sending in your valuable scrap catalytic converter in fear of being taken advantage of, Rockaway Recycling – Catalytic Control is a reliable, trustworthy company.
Open since 1977, our family-owned and operated business has decades of trust and reliability in the scrap industry. We suggest taking a look at our Google Reviews online and hear what our customers have said about us in the past.
How long should it take to get paid?
Once you ship you catalytic converter to us, expect 3-5 business days before delivery and 1-2 business days for our team to value and write up your receipt and ticket. Typically you should receive your check payment one week after we process your shipment.
We also have the option for immediate payment (1 business day after receiving) via PayPal or Venmo. If that is the option you would like to use, please be sure to let our team know and provide us with your account email to send payment to.
How do I get paid?
Once we receive your materials and process them at our scrap yard Rockaway Recycling in New Jersey, we will send out your payment. We will send you a check by mail or if you have requested to be paid by PayPal or Venmo we can do that too.
Please be sure to send us the correct information for your payment when shipping your catalytic converters.
Should I remove the comb from inside?
No, if you are selling your catalytic converter to us, do not remove the comb inside. The comb inside the exterior shell helps us identify the type it is to give you a more accurate quote.
When we buy loose material, even if it is out of an expensive catalytic converter, we buy them by the pound. Most material out of all catalytic converters looks the same, and that is why we do not buy loose material by the piece, but rather by the pound.
Why are there different prices for catalytic converters?
Not all cars are made equally, therefore the catalytic converters are valued differently. Depending on the amount of precious metals inside and where the engines are made, they are going to be valued much differently.
What is the price of diesel catalytic converters?
I can see through my catalytic conveter.
If you can see through your catalytic converter, that can mean a couple things. The comb on the inside could have been taken out, which will bring the value down significantly.
Or it could have been from corrosion and the materials could have fallen out a little at a time.
Or it could be a resonator, which is a different car part that is worth very little money in scrap and can look like a catalytic converter.
What is an aftermarket catalytic converter?
An aftermarket catalytic converter has been installed after the original manufactured catalytic converter. The aftermarket versions are not going to be the same value of an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts for a car.
Some characteristics of an aftermarket catalytic converter are:
- Cheap or generic looking
- Have bad welds on pipes from installation
- Extreme rust
- Serial numbers would start with N (NA/CA/CE)
Most aftermarket catalytic converters have a silver shield on the outside and sometimes have arrows on the outside too. For additional information on aftermarket cats; please check out this video. Send or text us pictures to find out what kind you have.
Why did you say my cat has no value?
Some catalytic converters are full of honeycomb, but they have no precious metals that are lining the ceramic of metal comb. The big metals that make up catalytic converters like Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium are not always contained in some of the cats (like the diesel units) and then the value is very low and sometimes is just steel.
There are some catalytic converter shells that we have quoted and we always make sure to quote based on full cats with all of the honeycomb intact – but sometimes the material breaks off or gets worn away during use. This will also lead to a no value catalytic converter and if it is just a shell or small remnants of material you will have much lower pricing if not steel value only. For additional information on “No Value Cats” click here for our blog.
Do you buy from the public?
Rockaway Recycling/RRcats.com is a private company, but we DO buy from the public in the USA. We have been buying scrap metal nationwide, including catalytic converters.
Do you only have one location?
Yes, we are headquartered in New Jersey, however we have provided scrap services nationwide including Alaska and Hawaii.
What are the shipping reimbursement requirements?
If your total quote value is more than $200, please include the packing slip in your package for reimbursement.
Shipping Reimbursement Guidelines:
|Value of CATs||Shipping Reimbursement|
|$199 or Less||None (Customer Pays)|
|$200-399||Rockaway Recycling Pays Maximum of $25*|
|$400 or More||Rockaway Recycling Pays Maximum of $50*|
*Doesn’t Apply to Aftermarket Catalytic Converters or Loose Catalytic Material
If we receive your material and it is not as described and originally quoted, Rockaway Recycling has the right to refuse shipping reimbursement payments.
What times do you answer quotes?
Typically we only answer catalytic converter quotes during business hours, 2-3 times per day, Monday thru Friday.
We have many different customers that are contacting us related to catalytic converter quotes, so being able to give them consistent and reliable times/days to quote their material helps the entire process for everyone.