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Old 29 Oct 2011, 11:01 pm
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Default Why are Honda catalytic?

...converters so much more expensive in California, than in any other state? Some are as inexpensive as 40 to 60 dollars while in California they are 400 to 600 bucks. They come into the country all the same.















Someone said, this is because California has more and higher regulations. But if they are imported here stock, I don't see the difference.































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Old 29 Oct 2011, 11:16 pm
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The $40 and $60 ones must be after market, but the ones at $400-600 are the genuine ones, unless you are being massively ripped off.































Over here the cheaper aftermarket converters only last about a year before they have rotted through and needs replacing again.
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Old 29 Oct 2011, 11:31 pm
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Well 48 states away from you we pay 220 to 350 depending on the model. Also tax and trade are important factors as to how free trade agreements are organized.
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Old 29 Oct 2011, 11:46 pm
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check this out, they have all the parts that break fast at a cheap price, www.mtl-autoparts,com/all your OEM Aftermarket and performance needs
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Old 30 Oct 2011, 12:01 am
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California has stricter emission laws that most other states do.















I suspect my friend some of it is price gouging because your state laws have such strict requirements.















You will probably find that in states that don't require catalytic converters the price is lower to be more enticing to buy & replace, but you guys have to replace it.















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Old 30 Oct 2011, 12:16 am
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All replacement parts on California emissions vehicles must be certified by the CARB (California Air Resources Board). Currently, the only certified replacement converters for Honda vehicles with OBD II (Post 1995) are the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) converters made by Honda. The list on the Honda converters is about $700; you can find them for less at dealers who discount them. there are no aftermarket converters for OBD II honda vehicles that are CARB certified.































you can replace the CA converter with one that is made for the 48 states but if you go for a state smog test you may fail for a non-compliant part. chances are they won't be able to tell from looking at it but if they discovered a non-compliant part you would be forced at that time to replace it with the original.































one note--you don't mention what year your car is. On some cars, the catalytic converter is guaranteed for up to 15 years or 150000 miles (96-97 Hondas for example). If the problem is a failure due to deterioration of the catalyst the repalcement is free if you are still under the warranty. check your owner's manual for the year and model of your car--there is an emissions parts warrantly that lists the parts and the coverage in terms of time/mileage. the usual warranty on the converters is 8 years or 80000 miles in CA.































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Old 30 Oct 2011, 12:31 am
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its because california has the strictest emissions laws in the states. hell alot of parts are made 49state legal, and calis the only one not legal in. cali just is over regulated in everything. anything you want to get for your car, you need to make sure it is CARB certified. CARB certified or 50state legal. and OEM cataltic converters are exspensive as all hell regardless of state. i would suggest just getting an aftermarket hi flow cat, and get sum carb stickers if you cant find a carb certified hi flow cat.. hi flow cats are generally cheaper, and they help the engine breather better, which can help with power & fuel economy
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Old 30 Oct 2011, 12:46 am
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because back in 2008, when the f1 team got axed and we were in a crisis. we had to sell them more expensive.
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Old 30 Oct 2011, 01:01 am
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Just another Tax rip off as it couldn't be classified as a Tariff protection tax for keeping jobs in America. Tell me this can a person go across the boarder into another State and have the catalytic converter replaced. Interesting Carol just PM me.
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Old 30 Oct 2011, 01:16 am
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