You can greatly extend the useful life of your car’s engine by making sure you stick to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. However, there will eventually come a time when your auto engine will be so worn out, it may cease up completely, or cause consistent and annoying problems. The cost of repairs can become prohibitive.
At this point, many people opt to get rid of the car and buy a replacement. There is another, more eco-friendly alternative, and that is to replace failing or failed old engines with reconditioned or rebuilt engines. Reconditioned engines, are a lot cheaper than brand new ones and they are generally much a cheaper option than replacing your entire car.
If you opt for buying another car, there is always the likelihood that your new vehicle will quickly develop engine problems, unless you are buying a completely brand new car. Even if the mileage on a used car is fairly low, you have no knowledge of how well the previous owner drove the car. Poor driving performance can seriously stress a car’s engine. This can be particularly a problem in used cars with manual transmissions. If the previous owner was bad at changing gears, he or she could have done a lot of damage to the engine.
Another reason for considering “recycled engines” is if you especially like all other aspects of your car. For example, you may have spent a lot of money customizing the interior, the exterior or both, and you do not want to see all that work disappearing. Rebuilt engines are the perfect solution in these scenarios.
Maybe you have a classic or vintage car in which the engine has ceased, or you are having difficulty in tracking down parts for the existing engine. You can keep your old car on the road by fitting a reconditioned engine. If you decide to do this, you should keep in mind that it may reduce the value of your classic or vintage car if you ever want to sell it. Many collectors of vintage or classic cars will pay a premium if the original engine is still in place.
Things to remember
1. There is no legal definition of exactly what a reconditioned engine is. That means that less than honest dealers can supply you with an engine that they claim is reconditioned when they have had no work carried out on it. You should only deal with reputable repair and replacement services.
2. You should also know that there is a difference between rebuilt motors and reconditioned ones. A remanufactured engine has been completely stripped down, and then rebuilt with new replacement parts where necessary. Once it has been rebuilt, it will be subjected to the same tests that the original manufacturer used as part of the quality control process. The finished product should perform just as well as a totally new engine.
3. If you are looking for rebuilt engines because your engine has totally ceased, then you need to do some research first. Before checking out rebuilt engines, it is important to get to the bottom of what caused the original engine to fail. If the original engine failed because of problems with other car components, such as faulty cooling, that problem has to be diagnosed and fixed before the rebuilt engine is fitted, or you risk having the new engine fail as well.
One way to be certain that you are dealing with a reputable company is to check the warranty that comes with rebuilt motors. Rebuilt replacement motors should have a long warranty, since the engine is as good as new.