Searching for used engines in VA? Looking for the best prices and the best warranties? Usedautopartsva.net offers tips and guidelines to help you find the best used and rebuilt engines offered by some of the top auto salvage yards in the Virginia area. Whether you need an engine for a car, truck, van or SUV, our guidelines will make your search a little easier and possibly save you a little time and money. When buying used engines it is important to follow a few simple guidelines;
First, determine how long the salvage yard has been in business. The longer they have been selling used engines the more likely they are to offer quality products and services. How else would their business survive that long? Also check for reviews and feedback online. Keep in mind there will always be that one unreasonable customer that leaves scathing comments because they ordered an engine for their vehicle, stored it in their garage for 2 years, sold the vehicle they were going to install the engine in and then wanted the salvage yard to take the engine back after 2 years... really? As with all businesses, evaluate salvage yards by the majority of their feedback and not the exception. If there is an engine review that you are concerned about, ask them how they resolved the issue. You can’t always judge a book by its cover but you may want to visit the recycling yard to see if their facility is neat and clean. The condition of their office, yard and the general attitude they portrait can tell you a lot about the way they process, store and represent their used engines.
OK…. We are not saying that new and used engine brokers are fraudulent or not legitimate businesses. However we feel that adding a middleman or third party to a used engine transaction complicates the process. In many cases you will; pay more for the engine than by negotiating and buying directly from the salvage yard, take longer to receive it, have a greater chance of mistakes in your order and are more likely to have difficulty if you need to return the engine or execute a warranty for any reason.
When you call to order a used engine the first question you will probably ask is “How many miles are on the engine”? Most of the top salvage yards in VA have state of the art inventory systems with very detailed descriptions of the parts vehicle. Often the mileage of the vehicle when it was wrecked or when it became inoperable is available and they will share that with you. Most newer vehicles have digital odometers and that makes it more difficult after the vehicle is inoperable, but if you spent the time doing your research you can find a reasonably accurate engine mileage. Ask for the vehicle VIN and run it through one of the many online resources for obtaining vehicle history reports.
This sounds redundant and kind of insulting I know, but “check it again”! We have heard too many nightmares about consumers ordering a used engine for their vehicle, paying to have it installed and “then” realize they gave the parts salesman the incorrect information about their vehicle or maybe an inexperienced salesman did not ask the questions needed to deliver the correct engine. When ordering a used or rebuilt engine, always give the salesman your vehicle VIN, production date, year, make and model. They may not need all of that information but if the wrong engine is ordered at that point, it’s on the salesman. And one last time, after the salesman quotes the price of the engine, communicate the vehicle year, make and model one last time in order to double check your purchase.
Some salvage yards offer in-house professional engine installation services or installations from a list of approved mechanics priced and packaged with the engine purchased. Engine and installation packages provide convenience, on occasion may include longer warranties and may offer discounts over buying the engine and installation separately.
OK, this is a no brainer right? You would be surprised at how many people buy a used engine and have no idea about the engine warranty details. After the engine is installed and driven for 3 months is not the best time to be reading your invoice and parts warranty for the first time. Some of today’s vehicles contain complicated, intricate drive trains and require that special procedures be taken before, during and after the engine installation. Those procedures are usually published on your original invoice or warranty and must be followed for your engine warranty to remain valid.
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