If you're concerned about how a recycled engine will affect your gas mileage, you should know that not only do rebuilt engines get better gas mileage than a worn-out engine, but they emit fewer pollutants. Engine repowering also saves the tremendous amount of energy used in processing discarded engines and vehicles. It also saves raw materials that would have been used in building a new engine.
The savings from engine repowering are especially evident when comparing against the prices of new vehicles, which have an average sticker price of $27,958. A rebuilt/remanufactured engine purchased and installed at an average cost of $2,500 to 3,500 can be a good investment.
A professionally rebuilt engine is typically guaranteed for at least one year or 12,000 miles, with some remanufacturers offering warranties as long as 36 months or 36,000 miles.
Check with your local service providers for information on their rebuilt engines and warranty programs.
For more information on the ERC and where to find qualified rebuilt engines and installation providers, visit www.enginerepower.org.