The catalytic converter is actually an older invention that was once considered too expensive to use for controlling automobile exhaust emissions. There are several ways in which these could be fitted or installed but the actual models have basic design similarities. The base for this recent addition to car technology is the catalysis of carbon dioxide and other pollutants that turns them into water or less harmful carbon dioxide.
Their unique qualities are often found in design alone, reliant on how they are manufactured by different companies. Autocatalyst recycling is a thing which is done to reuse, repurpose or resell the precious metals that are found in a converter. This unit is actually a big gadget that is installed on a main part of a machine.
This part is the exhaust of the car or automobile, which is used to expel all the waste gases of the internal combustion engine has been found one of the major culprits of creating the greenhouse effect. The converter process was actually available in the 50s but was only used commonly in the late eighties and nineties.
Many hope that it is not too late to mitigate the effects of so much pollution from cars. And while the converter is made with precious metals, car owners, the government and the auto industry have come to accept the cost. The exchange that could help people work things out in terms of pollution effects is considered all important now.
So your car or any late model unit you buy is going to have all sorts of either rhodium, palladium or platinum items that compose the catalytic unit. These are shaped or sized in different ways, usually as rings that are installed in an array through the exhaust module and its pipe. These will not be damaged during use in the converter process.
The most important thing here is that you could recycle the unit and not have one specifically ordered every time you buy a new car. The manufacturers classify the item as an accessory that is optional yet in relation to how anyone has a prior set of things they could use. The system is a thing which is transferable or exchangeable, although you need to see if fittings match.
The exhaust assembly might be larger or smaller on your new automobile, and thus the rings of platinum, say, which you had before might need to be refitted. The process could be made by auto service centers who process converters. The refit will be less expensive than what you would pay for a new item installed.
You could also make the resale of your converter a direct market conversion. Which means that you could put it up for sale in futures markets for the precious metal that it uses. It could be a high end transaction for you since, platinum for instance is convertible per ounce and its price in the market today is nearly a thousand per ounce.
The entire weight of the whole thing could run to a couple of kilos. An ounce is a mere fraction of this whole weight and thus you could translate this into many ounces in relation to the total weight. That will become a way of converting an old automobile unit into ready cash.