My CEL just turned on yesterday and I took my 2003 Hyundai Elantra to my local mechanic, whom I trust. He said my catalytic converter needs to be replaced. My car has 125k miles. The estimate he gave was about $900 for the converter (genuine, factor Hyundai part) and $100 or so for labor for a grand total of around $1000. He runs a local, independent shop but strongly recommended that I use the genuine Hyundai part. I called another mechanic near my office whom I also trust and he quoted me a price $200-$300 less because he uses an after-market catalytic converter, which he claims will work just as well (is the same quality and matches the specifications, etc.).
I’m not in a position to buy a new car and so my only real option is to keep this one running for a couple more years. Can anyone provide some input about whether or not I should go with Mechanic 1/the genuine Hyundai catalytic converter part/$1000 OR Mechanic 2/$600-$800/an after-market catalytic converter?
My gut tells me I’ll be OK with the after-market so that I can save some cash… can anyone comment?
Thanks for the help.