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OT: Reason #168 to hate california. stupid emissions rules
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Submitted by flu on December 14, 2012 - 11:31am
So... I was toying with the idea of building a track spec car from ground up that would also be street legal... I found a relatively inexpensive used car that was I was about to purchase... So prior to purchasing, I decide what the hell, go get it smogged.
Well it failed.... and the issue is the catalytic converter is most likely shot.
So I'm thinking no big deal, parts on this car is totally cheap... Catalytic converter: $68...Cool..
Same catalytic converter, with the exception of a etching/sticker on it that says California CARB compliant or something like that.... Cost of the California "special" cat??? $400, plus tax not including labor...
I called the manufacturer...The two catalytic are identical except for the stupid CA CARB etching...
Furthermore, most aftermarkets have since then stopped producing catalytics for CA because of the stupid rules.
(Needless to say. I skipped on the car purchase. And since the car failed smog, the car is already flagged in CA DMV so the owner is not not gonna be able to sell it to anyone else until it's resolved....Whoops...)
Thank you Arnold for Executive Order D-193-86
Note to people that plan on keeping an older car around...If you ever need to replace your catalytic out of warranty, be prepared to bend over....Not many aftermarket companies left to do it for CA, and the ones that do are gonna totally jack up the price just to rip you off....
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