Believe it or not, not all of us are dying to buy new cars. Some really value money for whatever reason they have. If you belong to the second group mentioned, you must have come across some car listings tagged with “rebuilt engine.” As the two words suggests, the engine of that particular car has been rebuilt.
If you come across a second hand car and these factors are seen during the test, know that the engine should be rebuilt:
- Car eats more fuel that necessary.
- White smoke apparently comes out of the tail pipe.
Rebuilding a car engine is a painful and meticulous process. It includes tidying up and assessment of the short block, replacing of bearings, piston rings and other components and reconditioning of cylinders. The following points will help you assess if this process has been properly executed or done in a haphazardly manner.
- The organization or dealership where the engine has been rebuilt plays a vital role of determining if the car engine has been rebuilt. After all, a known name must take care of its image and the trust of its consumers.
- Rebuilt engine doesn’t necessarily mean that the engine has been overused or already defective. Rebuilding can be done even in an earlier stage—let’s say when the car has consumed a mere 20,000 miles but has been giving off the tell-tale signs of needing an engine rebuild. Know also that rebuilding can be requested to the manufacturer if the car is still covered with warranty.