Part 2 of a guest series for the NMA on Replacing Your Engine
Read Part 1 in this guest series for the NMA entitled: What Are Replacement Engines and When to Buy One?
Now that you have analysed things and decided to buy a replacement engine, the question arises how to buy one? Without any prior knowledge of buying a replacement engine, it can be a bit difficult. However, below we have listed some tips for you so that you can deal with this problem easily if you have to.
1. Confirm the Need of Replacement Engine from Some Expert Mechanic
It is imperative to know whether your vehicle actually needs a replacement engine or not. You cannot decide it yourself without technical knowledge. Therefore, taking your vehicle to some local garage and confirming the need of replacement engine is highly recommend. Lest you should waste money for no use.
2. The Reason Why Your Old Engine Failed?
Experts also suggest that you ask the mechanic why the previous engine failed. It is highly important to be aware of the reason in order to save your replacement engine from the same fate. If any other component caused your old engine’s failure, it is necessary to get that component fixed or replaced too.
3. What Type of Replacement Engine to Buy?
Ask the mechanic the type of replacement engine you should be buying. He may suggest you buy a reconditioned or rebuilt or used engine, in accordance with your budget and need. Unless he suggests you buy a used engine, you must not go for it. Instead opt for a reconditioned engine. You must know your engine code and vehicle registration number in order to make an online query.
4. Finding the Required Engine
After completing all the previous requirements, it is time to get online and search for the right engine that fits your car. There are some specific terms you should be writing in the search boxes of search engines such as reconditioned or replacement engines for sale. You may also search the specific make and model of your vehicle.
5. What To Do After Finding the Desired Engine?
When you finally find the machine you want and it suits your budget too, find the price offered by other garages for the same engine. This way you can be sure about the price of the engine and may also find the lowest priced quality engine. For all that, do not let the price deceive you as extraordinarily cheap priced engines can become a headache in the longer rung. So, it is up to you to perform the balancing act.
Next week, read part 3 in this guest series for the NMA called Types of Replacement Car Engines Explained.
Anthony Arnold has been in automotive industry for years. He specialises in car engines and loves to share his experiences online in different blogs and articles.