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Should I Get My Engine Replaced or Buy a New Car?

It is no secret that vehicle troubles are less than ideal. The worst-case scenario for many drivers is finding themselves with a blown engine. So can your engine problems be repaired? Is an engine replacement worth it? Or should you invest in a new vehicle? The mechanics at Chapel Hill Tire are here to answer all of your engine replacement questions. 

Can My Engine Be Repaired?

One of the most common questions from drivers with engine troubles is, “Can my engine be repaired?” You can bring your vehicle to a mechanic to explore whether an engine repair is a viable option. There are three common outcomes for your engine concerns: maintenance services, a single part or system replacement, and a blown engine. 

Maintenance Service for Engine Troubles

Maintenance services are preventative measures meant to protect your engine. At the first signs of vehicle trouble, you may be able to address your engine concerns with maintenance instead of repairs. The key here is to get your engine in the shop before it becomes damaged. Maintenance solutions, like engine fluid flushes, will also depend on the source of your engine problems and how severe the problem has become. 

Maintenance can occasionally address early-stage engine concerns before they develop into serious issues. However, it is best to keep up with routine automotive maintenance to avoid any close encounters with engine damage

Engine Repair: Single Part or System Replacement

Once your engine troubles have progressed into damage, you will begin to explore repair options. If your engine damage is contained to a single part or system, you may be able to achieve a repair by addressing the source of these issues. In a best-case scenario, you may simply need a replacement belt or hose. Larger systems, such as with the transmission or radiator, will be more costly to replace, but they are still less expensive than a new vehicle or an entire engine replacement.  

Blown Engines

Your engine is a network of connected parts and systems. When an engine faces severe damage, it can quickly spread from one component to the next. Repairing your engine at this stage is often not an option. Instead, you will need to explore your replacement options—for your engine or your vehicle. 

Engine Replacement—Is it Worth It? 

Engine replacement is often a more affordable solution to vehicle replacement. You might be wondering, “Is engine replacement worth it for me?” Here is a look at some of the signs that engine replacement is the right option for you:

  • Warranty coverage: If your vehicle is new and covered under warranty, engine replacement is an easy choice. This coverage will provide you with a like-new vehicle at little or no cost to you. 
  • Insurance coverage: Much like warranty coverage, if your insurance will pay for your engine replacement service, you could again get a like-new vehicle at little or no cost to you. 
  • Cost savings: Even without warranties or insurance help, engine replacement is often more affordable than buying a vehicle replacement. 
  • Reliable repair: Are you choosing between an engine replacement and an older used vehicle? This may be a sign that you need a new engine. New engines offer a long-term, reliable solution to your car troubles. On the other hand, used vehicles may come with their own set of engine problems. If your used vehicle replacement encounters engine issues, you could end up paying twice as much in the long run. 
  • Sentimental value: Sometimes, a car is more than just a car. Perhaps your vehicle is a family heirloom? Maybe it once belonged to someone you loved? Or possibly it was a special gift that you cherish? In these cases, an engine replacement can help you keep your vehicle and the memories it holds.

New Vehicle vs. Engine Replacement

While engine replacement is a reliable solution, it is not for everyone. Some drivers will instead opt to buy a new vehicle. Here are some signs that a vehicle replacement may be right for you:

  • Needed Upgrades: If you are seeking an upgraded space or new features, a vehicle replacement might be the right option for you.
  • Higher budget: While engine replacement is costly, it is often much cheaper than a new vehicle. If you have a larger budget to spend on your vehicle, you might consider opting for a new car. As mentioned above, a cheaper vehicle replacement can encounter issues that leave you paying double—so we would only recommend vehicle replacement if you have the budget to get a reliable car with a warranty. 
  • Other failing components: For some drivers, replacing their engine leaves them with a like-new vehicle that will last for years to come. For other drivers, the engine is just the beginning of their vehicle troubles. If your car is experiencing issues with the HVAC, frame, catalytic converter, suspension, headlights, and other system components beyond the engine, you may consider replacing it instead. 

Remanufactured Engines: Your Replacement Middleground

Remanufactured engines are engines that have been previously repaired and restored. They offer an alternative solution to both new engine installations and vehicle replacements. Remanufactured engines are more affordable than new engines while still offering a reliable solution to your vehicle problems. 

If you are wary about installing a remanufactured engine, consider partnering with a mechanic that offers a service warranty. Chapel Hill Tire, for example, extends our 3-year/36,000-mile service warranty to remanufactured engines to give drivers peace of mind and protection. 

Chapel Hill Tire Engine Replacement Services

The local mechanics at Chapel Hill Tire install both new and remanufactured engines. We also have FREE loaner vehicles to keep you on the go while we take care of your vehicle. You can find our mechanics in Chapel Hill, Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Carrboro, and Apex. We also serve surrounding communities like Knightdale, Wake Forest, Clayton, Morrisville, Garner, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, and beyond. You can make an appointment here online to get started with your engine service today!

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