What You Should Know About Colorado’s New Catalytic Converter Laws

If you’ve heard that Colorado is now subject to new catalytic converter laws, you may be wondering exactly what’s going on — and what that means for your vehicle. Not to worry, because at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we’re here to break it all down.

Whether you’re curious about what this new change means for Colorado motorists or you’re just curious about what’s going on, keep reading to learn more.

What It All Means

On January 1, “all sales or installations of aftermarket catalytic converters for any model year vehicle in Colorado must comply with Air Quality Control Commission Regulation Number 20, 5 CCR 1001-24,” according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Essentially, since this has gone into effect, it’s necessary for replacement catalytic converters to be original from the manufacturer or a specific aftermarket converter that’s certified to meet specific standards for emissions.

This new regulation also prohibits people from selling “used, recycled, or salvaged” catalytic converters. Additionally, only exempted catalytic converters can now be sold.

But what happens if your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter that’s not compliant with the new regulation? Simply put, it will not pass its next emissions test. Interestingly, many catalytic converters have tripled in price since the state of Colorado changed to California’s stricter laws.

Learn more at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website or check out their webinar “Understanding Colorado’s New Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Regulation.” 

What You Can Do

At Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, our mission is to keep your vehicle running its best. If you’re confused or concerned about Colorado’s new regulation, we want you to know that we’re here to lend a helping hand in order to ensure that your vehicle is in compliance.

Although it can sometimes feel overwhelming to deal with new laws and regulations — especially those that are confusing — you can count on our team of expert Fort Collins mechanics to provide you with the insight you need. When it comes to auto repair and vehicle maintenance, we strive to be the best of the best. Since 1977, we’ve been the team people turn to for a variety of different vehicle services, and over the past four decades, we’ve developed a reputation for going the extra mile for each and every person that brings their vehicle to us.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Whether you’d like to learn more or you need to have your catalytic converter replaced, we can help. Of course, in addition to helping with this specific issue, we can also help with general auto maintenance, mufflers, brake repair, oil changes, fluid maintenance, and much more.

In other words, no matter what your vehicle needs, you can trust us to be honest, professional, and knowledgeable about solving your problems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and rest assured that you’re in good hands with the crew at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive. We look forward to having the opportunity to lend a helping hand.