Expert Advice For Buying Used Engines

How do you know what to look for in a used engine? How can you know the quality of something that a complete stranger has owned and used? It’s one thing if something is brand new from the factory, but used? 

Depending on where you buy them, used parts including engines could come with problems. Where has the vehicle been? Was it ever flooded? How has it been treated? What is its condition and how do you check all this? 

Even if you know a lot about car engines, you need to know the right questions to ask and find an expert who can answer them for you, before you buy a piece of junk. Unless you have experience inspecting and buying used equipment, buying a used engine could pose a significant risk.

For over 30 years Bow Auto Parts has been procuring and selling high-quality used engines. Our experience in this business is second to none, and this is why we are eager to share useful tips for locating and buying the used engine you need.

What is a Quality Used Engine?

A high-quality used engine has these key features:

  • Has a known source
  • Is inspected by experienced mechanics
  • Is stored in a climate-controlled environment
  • Hasn’t been damaged in an accident
  • Comes with a warranty

The Right Engine for Your Vehicle

Of course, you can look for private sellers through websites such as Craigslist or go rummaging through junkyards and salvage yards. But unless you are a trained mechanic with experience in automotive recycling, these options probably are not your best option. 

Quality used engines can be extremely hard to find at most junkyards and auto salvage yards because the wrecked vehicles they receive don’t require passing any mechanical inspection or quality control procedures. How can you determine the quality and condition of the major components? In most cases, your choice to pull an engine at a junkyard comes with the risk of unseen damage and deterioration.

Your best option is to work with a company that has extensive experience in buying insurance auction and private sale vehicles, and then disassembling the quality used engines, transmissions, axles, and other parts. And for used engine selection, the company should be part of a wide network of professional auto recycling companies.

How Can I Trust the Source?

The answer comes in two words, track record! For over 30 years, Bow Auto Parts has been locating, buying, and advising customers on purchasing high-quality used auto parts. Quality is ingrained in our culture. This attracts the best people in our industry to come work with us.

“Junkyard” is like a four-letter word to us. We have worked hard for decades to build a strong company culture that encourages attention to quality details. This commitment has served our customers and partners for many years. Our parts network partner, Team PRP, is the largest group of premium auto part recyclers in North America. For over 60 years, Team PRP members’ used engines have set the quality standard with same-as-new performance, offering value that far exceeds what you find at your typical salvage yard. 

Situated to Serve New England

Our processing and distribution facilities are ideally located in Bow, New Hampshire, central to the New England market. We work with suppliers, dealers, and repair shop customers as well as consumers throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.

As a certified Team PRP premium auto parts recycler, Bow Auto Parts has preferred access to the best automotive recycling inventory available. From there, we handpick what our customers need from later-model vehicles at insurance auctions and other choice sources. 

Every engine and other vehicle components we sell come with our standard 6-month warranty. We also offer extended warranty options and labor protection coverage, so in the event the engine fails within the warranty period, the cost of installing the replacement is covered.

If you have questions about how to buy engines or any auto parts, our team is available by phone and text, always eager to help!

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