When buying a used engine, or reconditioned engine, which some of our members can supply, it is important that you do your homework and know exactly what type of engine you need.
Manufacturers unfortunatly are very good at making slight modifications but lax in feeding such information to Parts Suppliers.
Helpful Information on your engine as well as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN Number) can normally be found in the vehicles log-book as well as on the vehicle itself.
An engine code for instance can be sourced from your main dealer if you do not already know it by simply phoning them
Make sure you double check the following information with the supplier before you make a purchase to ensure you are buying exactly what you need :
In addition you will obviously want to clarify the condition of the engine with the supplier and its always worthwhile asking how many miles the engine has covered, the majority of second hand engines will have come from accident damaged vehicles therefore the supplier can normally provide this data.
If you need the ancillary parts on the engine, for example the starter motor or the turbo unit, please ensure you agree this before buying; some suppliers strip these from the engine prior to sale, make sure you know exactly what your money is buying.
Remember that most vehicle manufacturers will fit different engines within the same range of car so ensure you are armed with all your engine details before you begin your search to ensure a problem free purchase.
Find-A-Part recommends that payments should be made by credit card where possible, and that customers should make a note of the land-line telephone number of the company they purchase their parts from.