Purchasing Replacement Engines Requires a Basic Understanding
It is important to understand the difference between making an informed decision on whether to simply buy an new car, or install a suitable replacement engine in the car you currently own. Lots of folks become fearful of the horror stories of having purchased an ordinary replacement engine installed by somewhat of an incompetent used engines shop. Once you have a brief understanding of the subject, a better decision will be made.
Putting information in terms you understand and why a particular product may be in your best interests is the first thing any engine supply company should provide for you. Buying another ICE engine for your vehicle is a sure fire way to save money, as opposed to a knee jerk reaction, like buying another car, new or used. A used car may have it’s own set of problems, and a new car comes with a big time loan.
For all practical purposes you have several choices in the replacement engine field:
1. Low mileage used engines. Low mileage is the keyword here. There is very little to gain from buying a nearly worn out engine as opposed to a certified low mileage used engine. Especially when prices are competitive. I don’t recommend the local junk yard.
2. Rebuilt, re-manufactured, refurbished, reconditioned engines. Call them what you want, but the APRA says they all have to meet the same requirements. We all know that not all shops follow the rules, so read and understand this article and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
3. JDM used engines. These are engines mostly for Japanese and other foreign cars. Essentially, in Japan or China, the emission requirements are so tight that most cars over there will not meet the strict emission laws by the time the car reaches 40,000 miles. What happens is the cars are then disassembled and the engines are shipped to America where they are tested and certified sell-able in the US. An engine with only 40,000 miles is not an old engine, which makes this a terrific value.
4. Crate engines. Well, crate engines are just that. Generally brand new or specially rebuilt engines packed in a crate and ready for shipment. The term is usually applied to some sort of special use like an old muscle car or the restoration of something vintage. Generally not the most popular choice if you need a stock replacement engine that has been rebuilt to specs.
The most common feedback received from from people who went for the replacement engine option, as opposed to a new car, is “I forgot how good this car ran, it feels better than the day I bought it”
In fact, many people are not ready to replace their current vehicle because the engine has gone bad. There is a bigger issue, why sell it if the car is in good shape otherwise, and especially so if you like your car.
The leading wholesale supply company’s in the USA got there from outperforming the competition. Working hard to make sure every engine sold has been thoroughly tested in advance of being sold. It is a more complicated process to pre-check every engine before its sold, however it saves a lot of time and money, on top of the confidence it has built over the years by taking a little extra time. The end result is that shops spend less time with customer service issues.