I recently had one of my cats changed. I saved a lot of money buying a cat online and paying a muffler shop labor to put it in. Shop quoted me about $900...cost me about $185 this way. I was able to call the guys that run the online site, and they also talked a great length with me to verify it was the cat, and not some other problem.
The full service shop also charged a lot to swap an O2 sensor, even when I was going to replace the one attached to the converter they were replacing. The muffler shop charged no labor to swap that O2 sensor out.
That sounds like something I should look into! Can you share the name of the online supplier with me? If you rather, you can PM me. Thanks!
Online site for Catalytic Converter
I talked with and bought mine from discountconverter.com
I called them a few times. Kind of an interesting place...it's not a big call center type place...I believe there was a guy named Fred, and somebody else, that always answered the phones. Basically seemed like they owned and ran the place. One of them told me he used to own a bunch of muffler shops. Any way, they were very helpful.
Initially, I was just shopping to save on the $500 cat the shop was selling me. When I then told The Discount Converter people what I was paying them to install it...he suggested I shop some of the muffler shops. It's a pretty simple job.
Hope this helps...I sure liked saving the money.
On their web site, there is a link on the left side for "Why converters fail". Inside that link, are 2 other links. Very informative information on making sure the cat is the problem, and not just the symptom of a bigger problem.
That is an informative site. I like the fact that they prescribe proper diagnosis before replacing your Cat. It tells me that they want to sell catalytic converters but only if you need one.
I agree. It was strange working with them as I got that feeling by talking to them. Kept thinking..."what's in it for you if I don't buy a cat". Guess the answer is I'll recommend them when I get the chance.
That's refreshing. A bussiness wanting to be sure you need their product before you buy it. A lot of places would try to sell you both, because "if one is gone, the second one is soon to follow."