The advantages of keeping an older car running longer are much more important these days especially when average new car prices have topped $20,000 based on information provided by AAA. Since many current vehicles are well-built, keeping them longer has become more common with car owners.
Many family sedans can accumulate mileage well above 150,000 miles and still have a body that is in good shape. Automakers have perfected their methods of corrosion protection to the point that rust and corrosion is very rare. However, the engine may be the component that wears out quicker and prompts an owner to decide whether they should buy a new vehicle or replace the engine.
Engine Replacement Process
Replacing an engine may seem to be a one-step process of removing the old engine and installing a new one. However, it involves replacing many other components of the vehicle such as the transmission, radiator, charging system, starter and other parts that may also be worn from the high mileage amassed by the car owner. In most situations, they should be replaced if the engine is replaced so that the owner stands a better chance of getting another 150,000 miles from the vehicle.
If these other components and accessories aren’t replaced with the engine, the owner may encounter problems when these parts start to wear out down the road. The older parts can diminish the “like new” feel of the engine and cause the car to not function as effectively.
When considering installing a new engine, the owner should factor in the costs of replacing and installing these engine-related parts. Most V-8 engines are priced in the $750 to $1,000 range which doesn’t include the installation cost. The cost of a new or rebuilt transmission adds another $500 to $800 to the tab. The other associated components such as the alternator, starter, radiator and water pump can add $300 to $500 more. By the time that hoses, gaskets, belts, mounts and other things that are essential to installing a new engine are considered, the overall price including labor could top $3,000.
If paying the price of a new engine and new components is not an option for the car owner, they can often find engines from alternative sources such as mail order and wrecking yards. Wrecking yards are often a good source for finding low mileage engines from vehicles that have been involved in accidents. Buyers can also find transmissions, starters, radiators and other components that may be in very good shape at a reasonable price. However, caution should be exercised by those that are not as knowledgeable about engines as the “cheap” price could come back to haunt them when the engine or component begin to fail in a short period of time.
Add New Engine, Have Like-New Car
Those considering the replacement of their car’s engine should weigh all these considerations before taking the first step. If done properly, the car owner can get new life and many more years from their beloved car. The only thing to keep in mind when leaving your car at a local garage is to make sure that the owner has a proper motor traders insurance, such as the motor trade insurance from Flint.
Since most vehicles built in the last decade have bodies that are corrosion-free, making a decision to replace the engine, given the costs mentioned above, may still be a great idea. If the other non-engine-related components such as the suspension system are in good shape, the owner will have a vehicle that is like-new once the new engine and components are upgraded.
Most of the major car manufacturers offer replacement engines in “long-block” form. Long-block engines include a new, fully-assembled engine with the cylinder heads installed. Offered directly from the automakers and typically more expensive, they give buyers the safety of a good warranty. This aspect is something that may not be available when buying the engine from a parts store, online source or the junkyard.