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Buying an engine

Do I need a new engine?

Should you suffer an engine failure, the first question is whether the damage is repairable or if a new engine is necessary. Buying a new engine is often the best decision in the case of a severe engine failure, especially if the old engine has a high mileage. By purchasing a new engine, you can avoid the current damage and prevent future issues. However, there are several important factors to consider when you decide to buy an engine, which will be explained further below.


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Can I install a new engine myself?

Since some specialist knowledge and specialised tools are required for installing and removing an engine, the general answer to this question is no. While some individuals may possess these skills, if you have any doubt about your abilities, it is recommended that you do not attempt this.

How do I find the right engine?

When buying an engine, there are several factors to consider. While it starts with obvious factors like fuel type, there are also some less apparent characteristics. To ensure compatibility with your car’s existing electrical system, it generally needs to be an identical engine. In some cases, the engine control unit (ECU) may also need to be replaced, which can significantly increase costs. The best and easiest way to ensure the engine’s correctness is to check the engine code when purchasing an engine. This process will be explained in more detail below.
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How much does an engine for a car cost?

The cost of a replacement engine can be under €1000 depending on your car. However, the price can quickly rise to the €3000 mark and can even go higher. These figures only account for the cost of the replacement engine itself; additional installation costs for the engine swap must also be considered.

Our engine overhaul

When you purchase an overhauled engine from us, it will be revised to a mileage of 0 kilometres.

The used engine is disassembled and thoroughly inspected by us.

Beschädigte und verschlissene Bauteile werden ersetzt. Weiterhin werden typische Verschleißteile vorsorglich ersetzt.

You will receive the revised engine in new condition within 8-11 business days. We also provide a 12-month warranty.

Engine overhaul processes

● The camshaft and crankshaft are measured, polished, checked for cracks, and cleaned with ultrasound

● The cylinder head is measured, machined flat, and cleaned with ultrasound

● The block is honed, ground, and measured

● The pistons are checked, cleaned, and subjected to UV crack testing

● Camshaft and crankshaft are measured, polished, inspected for cracks, and cleaned with ultrasound

● Cylinder head is measured, machined flat, and cleaned with ultrasound

● Block is honed, ground, and measured

● Pistons are inspected, cleaned, and subjected to UV crack testing

  • Valves
  • Valve stem seals
  • Piston rings
  • Connecting rod bearings and main bearings
  • Oil pump
  • Timing chain/belt with tensioner (external excluded)
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Engine code

What is the engine code?

The engine code consists of numbers and letters that provide the engine’s data. It typically includes all the specific information needed to identify the exact engine. This code often comprises numbers or letters that also indicate the engine displacement. The number and structure of the code vary among manufacturers and can be up to seven characters long. By taking note of the engine code when purchasing an engine, you can ensure that it is the correct one.

Where can I find the engine code?

The engine code is usually directly attached to the engine in your car. It is often located on the top part of the engine, the cylinder head, or the timing belt cover. In older vehicles, it can also often be found in the registration papers. When you want to buy engines, you should always check and verify this code.

New, used, or overhauled engine

New engine

If you choose to buy a replacement engine, you will have various options. One of these is a new engine. This is a brand-new engine that typically has no mileage yet. While this is usually the safest option, it is also the most expensive alternative when buying engines. Additionally, it is important to note that a longer running-in period for the engine is required. This option is generally worthwhile only if your car is relatively new and the engine replacement is subsidised.

Used engine

A used engine is the most commonly purchased type of engine. This refers to an engine that has already been used and can vary greatly in its mileage. When buying engines, you can choose the price range you prefer. However, a cheaper engine will typically have a comparatively high mileage. Since an engine generally cannot be tested, you must rely on the seller’s information. Therefore, it is advisable to visit a reliable dealer when purchasing an engine.

Overhauled engine

If you want to buy an engine, overhauled engines are also an option. This involves a used engine that has been restored to be as close to new condition as possible. Typically, the engine has been disassembled and both defective parts and typical wear parts replaced. However, it should be noted that the overhaul can vary depending on the provider. This is because there are no prescribed procedures for overhauled engines. Therefore, it is advisable to be informed about the extent of the work before making a purchase.

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How much does a new engine cost?

The price range for a new engine is generally between €3,500 and €7,000. The main reason for this significant price difference is that the cost largely depends on the specific engine. Additionally, it can be said that engines with a higher number of cylinders, such as V8 engines, are considerably more expensive than 4-cylinder or 3-cylinder engines.

How much does it cost to remove and install an engine?

The installation costs for a replacement engine can typically be estimated at around €560 to €840, based on an estimated labour time of 8 to 12 hours and an hourly rate of €70. However, depending on the specific model, engine, and chosen workshop, these costs can vary significantly.

You will receive a written quote within a maximum of 12 hours.

Buy replacement engine:

We sell our engines directly from stock. All parts are inspected before being put up for sale. We offer all engines with a 12-month warranty. Our well-organised warehouses contain over 1500 replacement engines. We have the right engine in stock for almost every customer.

Buying a used engine

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Buying an overhauled engine

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Shipping across Europe

We ship engines across Europe, ensuring that you can receive your desired engine without any worries.

Long block or short block

Short block

If you want to buy an engine, you should also consider whether it is a short block or long block engine. This describes the scope of the engine being purchased. The short block represents the more economical option when buying engines. It consists only of the lower part of the engine and includes the components from the crankcase to the head gasket. Therefore, it lacks both the cylinder head and all peripheral components of the engine. The short block often makes sense if the crankcase, rather than the cylinder head, has suffered damage. In this case, you can use all the parts from the old engine, saving some costs.

Long block

A long block is also available if you wish to buy an engine. This option provides you with a complete engine, from the crankcase to the valve cover. Whether the manifold is included can vary. However, even with this option, some parts from the old engine will need to be reused. These are typically just peripheral components, so neither the old nor the new engine needs to be disassembled. As a result, the installation is more cost-effective due to the reduced amount of labour time. Nevertheless, the long block is the more expensive option when purchasing engines.

Can a new engine be installed in an old car?

While it is technically possible to install a new engine in an old car, it is generally not permitted. Engines of the same type must be used. If you still wish to pursue such a project, you should be prepared for high costs, extensive work, and a series of inspections by the TÜV (Technical Inspection Association).

EU-wide shipping

We ship engines across the EU, ensuring you can receive your desired engine without any hassle.


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