Buying a used Engine

| January 21, 2014

How To Choose Used Engines That Are Of Good Quality

If you need an engine for your vehicle, buying a new one can be a lot more expensive than you can afford. Instead of sitting around waiting to hit the lottery, you should purchase a used one. There are several tips that will show you how to choose used engines. Keep reading to educate yourself on what they are.

The first thing you need to find out is the exact engine you are going to need. The best way to do this is to gather the engine code, the VIN number of your car and the production date. You may not need all of this when it comes down to it, but wouldn’t you rather have it and err on the side of caution? Once you have figured out what you are looking for (the easy part), it is time to move on to things that are a bit more challenging.

Find a reputable place to get a used engine from. You don’t want to approach any old person and assume that they are given you the right part. You will also have to question the quality of the part since you really have no idea where they got the part from and how much they actually know about in. It is usually a good idea to get your used auto parts from a junk yard. They usually have great prices and there is a great chance they nay have what you need. They will also be able to tell you if the part you need is in working order.

Once you find a used engine that is to your liking, you need to ask a few questions. The first thing you should ask is about the mileage that has been put on the engine. It may seem pretty easy to take the owner’s word for it, but these days it is a good idea to double-check the CARFAX. This will let you know whether or not this person was being truthful with you. If they aren’t, that is a good indication that this is not someone you want to do business with.

Telling you about how to how to choose used engines would never be complete without mentioning the components. Many times the engine you purchase may be in good shape, yet the components are pretty much on their last leg. This is common and it should not stop you from making the purchase. All you have to do is switch the components from your old one and place it on the new one. You should have an auto body shop do this for you so there will be some proof of the switch. You may need this later if you need to file a claim under the warranty.

Try to buy your used engine from a place that is a member of the BBB. This is a great way to safeguard your monetary investment. This is not to say that there aren’t great dealers out there that are not members, but it is best to do everything you can to avoid being taken advantage of. The reality of the matter is that most companies will have complaints. The idea is to stay away from those that have a ton of them.

While it may seem like a good idea to buy an engine that is already fully assembled, getting one that has been taken apart can end up being the better bet. This is because you will have access to the entire engine and you will be able to see if there are any cracks in the valves or anything like that. If an engine is fully assembled, there is no way that anyone is going to allow you to take it apart, so you would really be taking a chance on that. You have to decide whether convenience or reliability mean more to you at this time.

Before going out and buying a used engine, make sure that this is actually the problem at hand. It may be due to the malfunction of some other part. If you are familiar with cars and you feel comfortable diagnosing the problem, that should be fine. Otherwise, go take your car to see a pro and have them tell you if something is wrong with the engine. You don’t want to go out and get one and that is not what is causing your car to act funny.

If you don’t feel confident about visiting a junk yard and selecting a good engine for your vehicle, have someone come with you that knows a bit more. If you don’t have any friends or relatives that are able to accompany you to the junk yard, you should think about bringing a mechanic with you. The idea is for you to use one that you trust and have worked with in the past. You will probably have to compensate the mechanic for his time, but that should be small potatoes when it comes to replacing an expensive engine.

Now that you know more about how to choose used engines, you are ready to go out there and find the part you need. Since you are buying something that is used and not brand new, it may take a while for you to find what you need. Be patient and good luck on your auto body journey.

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