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Q: California Compliant catalytic converter - Necessary to replace with same? on 2001 Honda Accord

I need a new Catalytic Converter for my 2001 Honda Accord - My original/extant catalytic converter is California compliant - I've been told to replace with same at a cost of $1,400 - I live in NY should I replace with same or will any catalytic converter (price closer to $500) do the job just as well?
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Check with a place that does emissions testing (N.Y.-you get emissions tests done , right?)-see what they would recommend so you will more likely get one that will not set poor converter function code (P0420).
No one I know of does emissions testing in NY, I've lived in the Syracuse area my whole life and been driving since I was 17 and not one emissions test...
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