Lately you’ve noticed that your vehicle is behaving strangely–shaking, slow to change gears, or simply not not starting at all. You take it to the mechanic and get the news no car owner ever wants to hear: It’s time to replace the engine, transmission, or another critical (costly) component like a differential or transfer case.
Faced with the high price tag of replacing these parts with factory-new equipment, many people would rather get rid of the car entirely. What these same people don’t know is that there are alternatives. The three main ones (aside from brand new) are used, rebuilt and manufactured components. To some these options may sound quite similar, but the truth is that they provide very different benefits.
This is the lowest cost option for those who need a new engine, transmission, or other important vehicle part. It is also the riskiest. Used components are usually sourced from junkyards and in most cases not cleaned or thoroughly inspected. There is a higher likelihood that it is a high-mileage part and/or has been involved in an accident.
A rebuilt engine or transmission is made up of parts that have been reconditioned or refurbished. This reconditioning involves taking the unit apart, cleaning it and replacing worn or damaged aspects. Unlike used parts, rebuilt parts are generally inspected and tested, but their quality varies widely and warranties are typically short-term. That being said, if your budget constraints are tight, rebuilt equipment may be the safest, most affordable option.
If you aren’t crazy about buying new but still want to invest in quality, then remanufactured parts may be for you. All components are built precisely to manufacturer specifications and quality standards and thoroughly tested. At American Pride, we install JASPER remanufactured transmissions, engines, transfer cases and differentials because of their superior craftsmanship and long-term warranties (most parts carry a 3 year/100,000 mile warranty).
When making a big vehicle decision like whether and how to replace a major component, be sure to get at least two opinions from auto mechanics you trust. If you’re unsure of what to do about your car or truck and live in the Williamsburg, Yorktown, or Toano area, call the pros at American Pride. No matter what kind of replacement part you choose, we can help guide you and get you the best value for your money.