Nobody wants to put an engine or transmission in their car. However, when that time comes, it’s important to make an informed decision - here are some things to consider when installing a used engine or transmission, from Craig Johnson Automotive in Rowland Heights, CA.
Value - Used components make sense in certain applications - if it’s a high mileage, but low-value vehicle that you don’t plan on keeping much longer, and has a reputation for good reliability, a low mileage used engine or transmission might be a good option, even if it is a calculated risk. It’s important to remember that a used engine or transmission is only cheaper if you don’t have to do it twice - used components have short warranties. Cheaper in the now doesn’t necessarily translate to cheaper a few months from now.
Reliability - A used engine or transmission isn’t likely to be as reliable as a new or remanufactured engine. Any drivetrain component is only as good as how well it was maintained, and with used components, you rarely know the maintenance history of that vehicle. There’s usually a good reason it ended up in a junkyard. It’s also important to remember that if you put the same engine or transmission back in your car, truck, or SUV, that component will likely have the same weaknesses and shortcomings of the engine or transmission that failed you. A quality remanufactured engine or transmission has the added benefit of updates that correct factory issues, ensuring that it won’t meet the same fate.
Peace of Mind - With any used component, you never have any guarantee as to how long it will last, what sort of pre-existing issues it has, or how much of the burden the warranty will cover if something goes wrong. Both you and the installer only know as much as the salvage yard who sold the unit knows, and typically that isn’t a lot. Used components are always a gamble, so it’s essential to make sure you’re informed on what’s covered, what isn’t, and what sort of reliability you can expect.
For options and opinions on what the best next move is for you and your vehicle, we’ve got you covered. For the best auto service shop in Rowland Heights, CA, call or stop by Craig Johnson Automotive today.
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