Deliver Your News to the World, Why Buy a Rebuilt Engine or Remanufactured Engine?


When a vehicle engine goes bump-in-the-night and the mechanic says it needs a new engine, consumers can choose to install a remanufactured engine or a used engine.

While the used engine choice may at first seem to be the more affordable option compared to buying a remanufactured engine, the real cost can be surprising.

“I know I had that choice,” says Brian DesLauriers, “when my 1999 Lexus RX 300 engine developed sludge problems and overheated ruining the engine.”

“I really enjoyed driving this older vehicle and when my mechanic said my engine was toast, I could see the dollar signs pilling up,” says DesLauriers.

After chewing over his options it all came down to total cost vs. lifetime use of the engine. What appears on the surface to be the best price, the used engine, can instead be the most expensive – here’s why.

• First, are the worn out parts. A remanufactured, or crate engine, will have new OEM parts replaced as needed which extends the life of the rebuilt engine.

• Then consider the engine installation charges. Both are about the same, yet the longer life of a rebuilt engine means being able to amortize those charges for a longer timeframe. Even if one lucked out and bought a good used engine, one is still paying for installing a used engine, with all used parts and a decreased lifespan vs. the remanufactured engine with all new parts.

• Warranty - most rebuilt engines come with a longer warranty, while used engines either have a limited 30 days or less warranty, and some no warranty at all.

“In the end it all boiled down to buying new vs. used,” says DesLauriers. “I chose a remanufactured engine from with all major parts replaced and I feel better every time I drive knowing I bought a new rebuilt engine.”


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