Why Are Hybrid Catalytic Converters Valuable?

This blog will explain what makes hybrid catalytic converters so valuable.


The Purpose of Catalytic Converters

In a gasoline vehicle, gasoline combusts inside your engine. That combustion produces a series of particulate matter consisting of; carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons, and carbon dioxide. These compounds pose serious harm to people and could lead to significant health issues. The catalytic activity of the precious metals breaks these compounds down into less harmful components.hybrid catalytic converters

Why Catalytic Converters are Valuable

Catalytic Converters have recyclable value because of the precious metals which are located inside. These precious metals are platinum, palladium, and rhodium. These metals are considered rare and vary in price based on the demand.

Hybrid Catalytic Converters

Catalytic Converter value is determined by the amount of precious metals contained within. So the question is; do hybrid Converters have more of these metals inside them? Yes, absolutely. Hybrid Converters have a denser load of precious metals because the vehicle switches between two different power sources. The light-off temperature activates the catalytic converter to its optimum efficiency. To reach a light-off temperature, the vehicle needs to be warm. Since Hybrids are shifting from electric to gas, the catalytic converter usually operates on a cold start. Due to this cold start, more precious metals need to be in the converter to compensate. Some hybrid cars even have two catalytic converters which gets you double the value!

Beware of Catalytic Converter Theft

Now that you understand why hybrid vehicle catalytic converters are so valuable, it is vital to take precautions to combat theft. Criminals poach hybrid converters for the precious metals inside, and as the prices of these metals rise, so does the theft. A replacement converter for hybrid vehicles is costly. Refer to our blog on catalytic converter theft prevention to learn tips to keep your vehicle safe.

Now you know why hybrid Catalytic Converters are valuable!


Edmund Schwenk

CEO/Metallurgist of PGM Recovery Systems “The single most important factor when you sell auto catalyst from used catalytic converters is the assay, not terms! Assay transparency is paramount! Many de-canners we speak to believe they are not getting correct assays on their material. Some have de-canned, shipped to other companies and received a little more than they could have sold their whole converters for in the first place.”Mission Statement: We at PGM Recovery Systems are providing information and transparency to the catalytic converter recycling industry in an effort to promote a value system of fair dealing. As a result of providing the industry with the proper tools to increase their profits, we are developing long-term relationships with suppliers.