The exhaust system works like the human liver! How do we mean, you ask? An exhaust system cleans fumes from the engine before releasing them into the air. Without one in place, the environment and humans would be at risk of health and environmental hazards.
But what does it take to acquire an exhaust system? You could be wondering. The cost of an exhaust system varies anywhere between $300 and $1200 depending on whether it’s a complete system, type of exhaust system, and parts of the exhaust system.
This is only the scratch on the surface. In the rest of this write-up, we’ll delve deeper into the cost of an exhaust system and what factors influence it. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
What is Included in a Full Exhaust System?
There are two main types of exhaust systems—the cat-back exhaust systems and the Axle-back exhaust systems. Like we’ve already mentioned, acquiring any of these exhaust systems will cost you between $300 and $1200.
The overall cost depends on factors like material used, type of exhaust, and muffler quality. Because of these, you should expect to pay the lower limit of $300 or the higher limit of $1200 or the average that comes to $750.
There are two main types of materials used to make exhaust systems—stainless steel and galvanized aluminum. Steel is sturdier and more durable than aluminum, making stainless steel exhaust systems more costly than the galvanized aluminum ones.
In addition, a full exhaust system is made of parts, which include an exhaust system tip and a muffler. On average, a high-quality and performance muffler costs between $75 and $300 depending on the type of steel used, the thickness, and the quality of the material.
On the other hand, an exhaust system tip costs anywhere between $25 and $150, depending on the material quality. Many times, most cat-back and axle-back exhaust systems come with pre-installed exhaust tips.
The prevalent materials used to make exhaust tips are stainless steel, titanium, and chrome. Out of the three, stainless steel tips are more resistant to corrosion, so they are also more durable. Besides that, they’re shiny (though occasionally) and good for adding aesthetics.
Compared to titanium and chrome, you should expect to pay a little extra when buying an exhaust system tip made of stainless steel.
Cost of Installing or Replacing an Exhaust System
Now that we’ve looked at the cost of the equipment, it’s also important to evaluate the cost of installation for parts or the entire exhaust system. The best part is, you may never have to spend on installing a cat-back or an axle-back exhaust system.
Why would we say that? You’re probably asking. The truth is, these exhaust systems are pretty much plug-and-play, so they don’t require a lot of work. Therefore, you can install one by yourself as a DIY task.
As if that’s not enough, some dealers will offer to replace and install a new exhaust system at no extra cost to you, provided you’ve purchased the equipment from their dealership.
However, assuming you don’t have this option, how much will it cost to replace an exhaust system? First, the procedure should last between one and two hours. Second, labor cost varies between $50 and $60 per hour, meaning the total cost will range between $50 and $120.
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