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replacement engine

We have a large inventory of used and overhauled engines


If you suffer engine damage, a replacement engine is often the best option. This is because, with a major breakdown, the exorbitant costs of parts and labour required to repair the components are eliminated. When is a replacement engine worthwhile? A replacement engine is often worthwhile if you have suffered a major engine failure and significant damage has occurred in the engine. In such cases, replacement engines are generally more cost-effective than engine overhauls, but the engine replacement costs are still relatively high. Therefore, it is crucial to consider several points to ensure that the replacement engine is both cost-effective and reliable.

When is a replacement engine worthwhile?

A replacement engine is usually worthwhile if you own a newer model vehicle or one with a high market value. In such cases, especially after an engine failure, a replacement engine can often save your car.

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The costs for a replacement engine can generally range from €3,500 to €7,000. The material costs typically constitute the largest expense, ranging from €2,000 to €6,000, which makes up the majority of the replacement engine costs.

Without installation

The costs for a replacement engine depend on a variety of factors. This includes whether the installation is included in the offer or needs to be added separately. Furthermore, it is important to consider the make, model, and engine type of your vehicle. Generally, the costs are lower if you drive an older car. To save costs, many consider self-installation. However, this requires a significant amount of expertise and specialised skills, which is why it is not recommended. The costs can be as low as €1,000, but typically they are higher.

With installation

What is the cost of a replacement engine with installation? If the replacement engine’s offer includes installation, the replacement engine costs will also depend on the selected workshop. There can be substantial variations in the estimated costs provided. Additionally, the installation costs depend on the engine’s complexity, as different levels of labour are required. On average, the price range is €500 to €2,500 for replacement engines. However, we do not offer engine installation services; for this, please contact a professional workshop.
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The different types of replacement engines

Replacement engine

On the internet and in some offers, you will often see the term “replacement engine” – or simply ATM. It is important to note that a replacement engine can be classified into three categories: used, overhauled, or new. You should pay close attention to the condition of the engine being offered when you wish to purchase a replacement engine.

Overhauled engine

An overhauled engine is the best option if you are looking for a reliable and affordable replacement engine. In this case, a used engine has been disassembled into its individual parts, all necessary work has been performed, and wear parts have been replaced to restore the engine to impeccable condition. However, there are no legal requirements specifying what such an overhaul should entail, so caution is advised. At Fair-Motors, you will receive a detailed overview of the extensive work carried out as well as a 12-month warranty. The engine has been overhauled and reset to a mileage of 0 kilometres. This ensures you get a durable and long-lasting engine, backed by a warranty against any potential issues.

Used engine

A used engine is often sold under the term replacement engine. This typically involves an old engine that has been removed from a crashed vehicle or another scrap car. Since the condition of the engine cannot be assessed when it is dismantled, a used engine carries some risks. In this case, you must rely on the seller’s information, which is why it is advisable to choose an established engine seller.

New engine

A new engine is another option for purchasing a replacement engine. This involves a brand-new engine from the original manufacturer. However, these entail extremely high costs compared to other options, often far exceeding the vehicle’s market value. Consequently, these replacement engines are typically only used when the manufacturer approves a goodwill request and covers the associated costs.

Engine Trading & Overhaul Since 1993

A Unique Feature in the Industry

For 30 years, we have been distributing the majority of our engines to repeat customers (intermediaries and workshops).
Engines for convertible vehicles, enjoy the sun in style and performance.
High-performance engine for racing cars, designed for speed and agility.
Eco-friendly engine for urban commuter cars, reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Since 1993, our company has been distributing used and overhauled engines.
As a member of the Waldner Handels GmbH Group, we have successfully sold and delivered over 33136 engines and transmissions as of October 4, 2021. This makes us one of the world’s leading engine dealers.
The majority of engines are sold to intermediaries and workshops (regular customers), which speaks to our competitive pricing and high reliability.

Every engine undergoes intensive testing before sale. Inferior or damaged parts are discarded.

We use only undamaged engines from recent end-of-life or accident vehicles. We do not repair defective engines!

Thanks to high sales volumes worldwide, optimized processes, and our unique competitive strategy, we can offer engines at particularly low prices.

Our service

Qualified engine experts

We offer the following services to our customers:

We sell our engines from stock. All parts are checked before they go on sale. Additionally, we sell all our engines with a 12-month warranty.

Our well-stocked warehouses comprise over 1,500 replacement engines. We have the right engine in stock for almost every customer.

With our locations in Germany, France, Spain, Finland, England, and Norway, we ensure that we can offer you, the customer, a high-quality engine at an affordable price, including fast delivery and excellent service.

Certified used engine

We deliver a functional & certified used engine to you:

  • Delivery time: approximately 6-9 business days
  • 12 months warranty
  • Engine with or without ancillary parts
Engine for compact electric cars, agile and perfect for the city.

Rebuilt engine (Overhauled)

We deliver to you a like-new, overhauled engine:

  • Delivery time: approximately 8-11 business days
  • Renewed wear parts
  • Engine revised to 0 km
  • Engine performance on par with new engines
Engines for heavy commercial vehicles, power and capacity for large loads.

Customer Engine Overhaul

We carry out your engine overhaul. We collect your defective engine, overhaul it so that it is revised back to 0 km, and then return the engine to you:

  • Approximately 10-12 business days
Engine for luxury hybrid vehicles, the pinnacle of comfort and efficiency.

Does a replacement engine result in depreciation?

It is often questioned whether a replacement engine leads to depreciation. Generally, installing a replacement engine does not result in a depreciation of your vehicle; in fact, it can even lead to a increase in value by replacing a defective engine. This is because, in such cases, an engine with high mileage is often replaced with a new one with lower mileage. Depreciation only occurs if you own a classic car where maintaining the “matching numbers” of the engine and chassis is important. However, if it’s not a classic car, installing an overhauled engine can often result in a value increase.
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45% of the engines are sold in Germany, 75% in the EU, and 25% outside the EU.

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From Customer to Regular Customer! 70% of our customers are resellers or dealers, who also trust in our quality.

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Shorter storage time also means lower costs for you. No extra costs for extended storage.


Replacement Engines: Affordable & Reliable

We have a suitable engine in stock for 80% of the inquiries.

Unlike other dealers or workshops, we focus not on high profit margins but on high sales volumes. As a globally operating engine wholesaler with high sales figures and optimized work processes, we can offer engines at particularly low prices.

The steady growth of our company since 1993 and our numerous regular customers speak for the quality & reliability of our engines.

What should be considered when purchasing a replacement engine?

When it comes to a replacement engine, several factors need to be considered. Firstly, the condition of the engine to be installed is crucial. Additionally, attention must be paid to the professionalism and qualifications of the chosen workshop. This is important because improper installation by some workshops can lead to future damage. Further points to consider are listed and explained below.

engine code

As it is crucial to acquire the exact engine, you must always pay attention to the engine code. This is a multi-character code consisting of numbers and letters, which is unique for each engine. This ensures that when you request the correct engine code, you will receive the appropriate engine. By paying attention to the engine code, you will receive an engine that exactly matches the old one.


Since private sellers often do not provide a warranty and may not offer reliable information about the replacement engines, it is always advisable to choose an established manufacturer. A warranty is particularly important for used and overhauled engines, as they cannot be tested, and there is no guarantee that the engines will meet their promised mileage.

Why choose us?

Our trading company has been distributing used and overhauled engines since 1993. We have successfully sold and delivered over 31000 engines and transmissions as of April 6, 2021. With the largest online selection of used engines in Germany, we stand for top-quality engines and the best value for money.

Unbeatable prices through highest efficiency and strong sales figures – worldwide

The steady growth of our company since 1993, as well as the satisfaction of our customers and regular clients, speaks for the outstanding quality of our engines.

For 29 years, more than half of our engines have been sold to intermediaries. This speaks to our competitive prices, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

The mileage is based on the readout from the odometer. Reliably proving this is actually not possible. Some dealers send photos of the odometer reading or the VIN number of the donor vehicle as supposed evidence. However, these alleged proofs are often tampered with since forgery is very simple and almost impossible to detect. From our perspective, these forms of evidence are therefore not credible and worthless.

Unfortunately, almost no workshop or engine dealer can substantiate the mileage of the engines with 100% certainty. This is why it is even more important to rely on a trustworthy and reputable dealer.

The trust of our customers is the best proof of Fair Motors’ reliable service. Since 1993, we have been offering our customers the highest standard of engines at an affordable price!

All the engines sold by Fair Motors come from used or accident vehicles. These engines are completely undamaged. This is one of the reasons for the robustness and durability of our engines.

Yes, our engines are inspected before shipping. For the tested used engines, we conduct the following inspections:

  • Compression test (Leakdown test)
  • Cylinder inspection with endoscope camera
  • Oil pan and valve cover are opened
  • Crankshaft / camshaft(s) are visually inspected
  • Oil pump and oil pan are checked for residues


For the refurbished engines, the following inspection processes are carried out:

  • Camshaft and crankshaft are measured, polished, inspected for cracks, and ultrasonically cleaned
  • Cylinder head is measured, machined, and ultrasonically cleaned
  • The block is honed, ground, and measured
  • Pistons are inspected, cleaned, and subjected to UV crack testing

In addition, the refurbished engines have the following engine components replaced with high-quality new parts: 

Valves & valve stem seals, piston rings, connecting rod bearings and main bearings, oil pump, timing chain/belt with tensioner (excluding external ones)

Long block oder short block

Short block

When purchasing a used replacement engine, it is also important to be mindful of the scope of the engine being offered. There are classifications such as short block and long block. A short block includes only the lower part of the engine, comprising the crankcase up to the head gasket, thus excluding the cylinder head and all peripheral parts. These are typically transferred from the old engine. The short block of a used engine represents the more economical option among replacement engines.

Long block

A long block is a more comprehensive version of a used replacement engine. It includes a motor with all components from the crankcase to the valve cover. However, it varies whether the manifold is included in a long block or not. The peripheral parts of the engine must also be transferred from the old engine. Generally, this does not pose an issue, as peripheral parts typically do not suffer major damage during engine failure and can be used for the new replacement engine.

And it pays off!

  • The engine market is particularly susceptible to fraud and shoddy work. However, due to our many years of experience, you can also benefit from our expertise and network.
  • Some engines have type-specific quirks and trouble spots. We are aware of the design flaws of these engines and address them!