AP Exhaust Technologies has launched a mobile app that helps users find the correct catalytic converter to install on a vehicle, the company announced.

The app, which is powered by Vertical Development's SnowMeTheParts division, includes search options by vehicle identification number, barcode scan, or license plate number.

AP's mobile app pairs regular updates from the ShowMeTheParts database with the accuracy of VIN and license plate lookups.

"Mechanics will find the license plate lookup feature most useful, since they will know the correct replacement parts for a vehicle upon the customer's arrival or even when taking an appointment over the phone," said Gary Nix, director of marketing for AP Exhaust Technologies.

ShowMeTheParts is the most up-to-date public parts catalog available with information on more than 300 suppliers and manufacturers of aftermarket replacement parts.

"Utilizing the ShowMeTheParts database and search functionality, the AP Exhaust app matches a license plate number with the correct VIN. The result is a list of compatible parts from all of AP's lines, from ANSA and AP stock solutions to XLERATOR and Silverline performance exhausts," Nix said.

AP Exhaust adds items and interchanges to its lines regularly and releases a series of bulletins every month or two.

"With a traditional catalog, that would mean mechanics and parts professionals would need to cross-reference dozens of bulletins with the yearly paper catalog to find a match," said Jay Wright, president of Vertical Development. "With the ShowMeTheParts mobile integration, AP can add entries as soon as products are released, so users will always have up-to-date information when looking up catalytic converters using the new AP mobile app."

The app is available on Apple and Android platforms.