So you’re car’s gone bang and you can’t bear to part with is so you’re on the look out for a replacement engine. Your mechanic is happy to fit another engine but wants absolutely no part in hunting for one. So you’re on your own in the minefield of looking for another engine, hoping that you don’t burn your fingers on one that turns out to be just as broken as your one.
When it comes to getting a replacement engine for your car, you have three options: used, reconditioned or remanufactured. There is currently only a handful of companies in the UK that provide remanufactured engines, and these are the closest equivalent of having a brand-new engine fitted to your car. They can be very pricey indeed, but not as expensive as ordering a brand new lump for your car.
A reconditioned engine is an engine that has already failed, but has been rebuilt. If you have a look around for a company that recondition engines (such as us), then you will notice two things. The first thing is that they will require your engine back as an exchange unit, and the second is that – surprisingly – a used engine will set you back more than a reconditioned one.
‘Reconditioned’ is just a term that is used by engine reconditioning companies, and has now legal definition as such. This means that unless you specify a list of work that you’d like carried out before you instruct the company to recondition it, there’s no way of knowing what work has been done to the unit to make it reconditioned. Always look for a reconditioned engine that has a list of all of the jobs that have been carried out on it.
Therefore, the best way to get your engine is rebuilt is either to rebuild it yourself, or use a trusted mechanic to carry out the work. Make sure that the engine fault is diagnoses first, as an engine with an unidentified fault should never be rebuilt. If you don’t know what went wrong then how will you know that it has been fixed? If you order from an engine rebuilder and they require your old engine then it will obviously end up in someone else’s car. Wouldn’t you prefer your own reconditioned engine back in your car, seeing as you know the history of it? It’s much safer than risking taking on someone else’s engine problems in addition to your own.