Remanufactured Engines vs. Used Engines – What to You Must Know
FEBRUARY 7, 2014 By POWERTRAIN PRO
If you have a customer with a blown engine come into your shop, you need to know the right options to get them back on the road. While there are several different choices you can recommend, that recommendation should hinge on a few different factors. Obviously, if there’s a warranty company involved, then you’ll have to communicate with them and find out what they’ll authorize and what they won’t. If there’s no warranty company, then you’ll need to base your recommendations on the customer’s needs and budget. Often, it comes down to the choice between remanufactured engines vs used engines.
Remanufactured Engines vs. Used Engines
The Cost Conundrum
Your customer is on a budget – they have limited funds to spend, and no matter how much they might want to go with “all the bells and whistles”, they’re probably not going to part with more cash than they absolutely have to. Comparingremanufactured engines vs used engines, the used option is definitely cheaper. However, that’s not the entire story, and you should never recommend a used engine without actually clarifying what the customer will be receiving.
Used engines are just that – they’re used. They’re pulled from wrecked vehicles, given an inspection and then dropped into your customer’s car – a majority of used engines for sale are easily repairable. What that means is your customer saves money over a remanufactured engine because there are is no component replacement process. However, there’s no way to guarantee that a used engine is going to last a long time. Your customer needs to understand that beyond whatever basic mileage warranty you offer, there’s no protection, so any lack of maintenance on the part of the previous owner or hidden damage not caught during an inspection could mean that the used engine is actually going to cost them more in the long run.
Remanufactured Engines are completely re-engineered from the ground up. While the exterior components will not be replaced (so long as there is no damage), all the internals are replaced and the engine complies with OEM specifications and clearances. For all intents and purposes, it’s a new engine in an old body, if that makes sense. Of course, remanufactured engines do cost more than used engines, but they come with a significantly lower risk level, which any customer should be able to appreciate.
In the end, your customer’s budget and how long they intend to keep the car in question will dictate what option they choose in a remanufactured engine vs used engine situation.