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Should You Buy a Used Car Engine or Buy a New One?

Has your car engine started giving you problems? Are you thinking of either buying a used car engine or a remanufactured one? Since the engine is the one of the most important (and expensive) parts of your vehicle. Car and truck owners are often unsure when decision needs to be made, if they should buy a remanufactured engine or save some money while buying a used one.

Every car owner understands, as time goes by, engines as well as other parts, do wear out and start giving us problems. Whether it is a result of an accident or a malfunction, an important decision needs to be made so you can get back on the road quick. Unfortunately, sooner or later any mechanical part would require repair or replacement. We are here to help you if you need a replacement part and make this process as painless as possible.

Now, when it comes to the point where another engine is needed, some people get confused while making a decision whether to buy a used car engine or a remanufactured one. Some see it as a stupid idea while others see it as a great idea.

If you look for advice from other car owners, some will advise you to go for a used engine as it better than a remanufactured one because it has already been worked on. Others will advise you to get a remanufactured one as it will save you more money in the long term in terms of repair and duration. Remanufactured engines have also come with much longer warranty.

The truth is that buying a remanufactured car engine or used one is your personal decision and no one has the best advice to give you based on your unique situation.

We know you want the best for yourself and that is why we have decided to publish this post. In this post, we will be sharing with you all you need to know about used or remanufactured engines. What should you look for when considering buying a used car engine, should you consider buying a remanufactured engine and so much more.

This post is mainly to educate you on both options and help you decide which one could be more feasible in your particular case.

Like we stated earlier, it is a personal decision and we are not here to decide for you.

We don’t want you to make the decision that you will regret later. So first, let’s start with a used car engine.

Replacing an engine with a remanufactured one can be more expensive but getting a used one can save you some money. Locating a good quality used engine for your car or truck is a viable option that can prolong the life of your vehicle for a long time, while being properly maintained.


  • It Saves You Money

This should be obvious, we know. A remanufactured car engine can be more expensive compared to buying a used one. For customers, who is on a restricted budget but still want a quality used engine, this is the best route to take.

  • Reliability

This is one reason most car owners will advise you to buy a used car engine. Whether you agree with it or not, a lot of times old engines are more reliable than new ones. Most used car engines have been tested and checked by certified mechanics before the engine is listed for sale.


Engines come as a short block, long block or complete engine assembly. There are different varieties of engines assemblies, therefore the difference in price and components included. Most of the time used engines come with accessories attached, less alternator, starter, compressor. The parts that left on the used engine are for convenience purposes only and are not guaranteed or warrantied.

  • A Short Block Engine

A short block engine like the name implies, includes just some parts of the engine along with pistons, oil pan, crankshaft and connecting rods. It is usually cheaper and it is used in the case where you don’t need to replace the full engine. It is not very common, when used engine is sold as short block. Usually, used engines come the way they pulled out from the donor vehicle.

  • A Long Block Engine

A long block engine includes all the components of a short block engine along with camshafts, valves, cylinder heads, valve springs and an intact head gasket (which is very important to most people).

A long block engine is very easy to install and it is also a good replacement for any engine that is irrecoverable. Also, if a head gasket is a reason why you need an engine replacement, it will be preferable you go with a long block engine. Once again, usually, used engines come the way they pulled out from the donor vehicle.


While buying a used engine can be a better way to save you some amount of money, the benefits can diminish over time. The money you think you saved from not buying a new or remanufactured engine could end up being used to continuously fix the used engine you have bought.

You should perform research on your car’s year, make and model to find out which engine will properly fit. Normally, your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) will provide compatibility information, to make sure you are looking for the part that will fit your car or truck.


It is very important to know when it makes sense to buy a new engine. Before having the thoughts of buying a new engine, here are few signs to help you decide that it is likely time to let the old engine go;

  • When the Repair of the Old Engine cost more than the Car is Worth

If you discover that the cost of repairing your car engine cost more than your car is worth, in case you decide to sell it, it is a better choice for you go get a remanufactured engine to save a future stress.

  • Breakdowns and Repairs

When a breakdown occurs too often with your old engine, don’t bother yourself trying to repair it again. If breakdowns happen more than three or four times within a year, it is a good indication that you need to get a remanufactured engine and to stop any further repairs.

  • When Safety is an Issue

If safety is your top priority, getting a new engine might be a wise choice. Safety of your family and people around you, worth all the money in the world.

Don’t be “penny wise pounds foolish.”


Whether you are thinking of buying a used car engine or a new one, the process is simple, if you are well informed. We can help you with every step of the way.

We have published this post is to help you make the right decision, so you don’t end up blaming yourself later. Please use these tips as your guide, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you and Good luck!

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