Are Rebuilt Engines as Good as New Engines?

March 24th, 2017

If you’ve had to get your engine repaired, you know the worry about a rebuilt engine vs. a new engine. There are so many pros and cons, especially when you compare the cost for a brand new engine can reach into the thousands. But a rebuilt engine, while less expensive, can also be a concern. Will it last? What does that really mean?

A rebuilt engine means that at some point, something inside the engine failed. For the non-technical out there, just imagine that there are several different types of components that make up an engine like rings, gaskets, pistons, etc. If any one item or multiple items fail, then the engine must be taken apart and those components replaced. Then the entire engine must be put back together. Rebuilding an engine is typically referred to as one of the most important, invasive and expensive repairs you can make to a car. After all, it is the heartbeat of the vehicle.


Who rebuilt the engine? So because an engine is so important, the expertise of the person that rebuilt the engine is very important. Do they specialize in that brand of vehicle? Do they specialize in engines? How many times have they done it? What are their industry certifications? As with most things, the more experienced the technician, the better the repair.

Will the engine later fail? A rebuilt engine is just as good as a new engine in many instances. However, when dealing with a vehicle, it’s only as strong as the sum of its parts. This means that you’ll need to make sure that when the engine is rebuilt, you are using high quality, OEM or better specification parts. This will ensure that the same item doesn’t fail again.

Extend vehicle life.


A rebuilt engine can get many more miles out of a vehicle. In fact, in comparison to purchasing a new vehicle, a rebuilt engine can definitely be a cost savings. For example, our Jeep needed an engine rebuild. The interior and body was in excellent condition, so we spent the money on a rebuild for the motor. The vehicle now has over 200,000 miles on it and continues to be a great car for our college student.

Decide what is best for you, a new vehicle, a new motor or a rebuilt engine. For the cost savings, it is definitely worth considering an engine rebuild.

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