I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla CE. I am in need of a new catalytic converter to pass my upcoming PA state inspection. That had actually been diagnosed some months ago via computer code. At my latest visit to the local garage, they indicated to me that I would need a new air intake sensor, as well as a whole catalytic converter assembly, the latter of which is almost double the cost of their previous estimate for a catalytic converter alone.
Having patronized this shop many times before, I have no specific reason to doubt their expertise or judgment. But, I would like to ask a couple questions:
The price they quoted to me included the standard Toyota brand catalytic converter assembly. When I do an Internet search for catalytic converter assemblies or catalytic converters, I get some greatly varying prices. Would it be safe going with a non-Toyota catalytic converter assembly?
Speaking of catalytic converter assemblies, what is the difference between a plain old catalytic converter and a catalytic converter assembly? When I search for either on the Internet, I get the same results and prices.
Any other questions you feel I should be asking, please feel free to answer them!