Difference Between Rebuilt, Remanufactured, Crate, and Used Engines
Engines are machines, or conglomerations with several simple tools that work together in conjunction with one another, that convert energy from one or more forms to motion, also known as mechanical energy. In motor vehicles, engines – also known as motors – light gasoline on fire via spark plugs, which converts gasoline’s high stores of potential energy into mechanical energy; diesel engines compress diesel to the point of self-combustion, which then turns into motion.
We know how important engines are to your motor vehicle, no matter what make, model, year, or edition it is. When you trust us to source a suitable engine for your vehicle, you can choose from one of four types: used engines for sale, remanufactured, rebuilt, and crate engines.
Let’s briefly discuss what you should know about these four engine types and how they compare and contrast with one another.
The basics of crate engines
Crate engines are those that are entirely new and delivered fully assembled to wherever they need to go. Their name comes from the fact that they are hoisted onto sturdy crates after they’re completed. Crate engines aren’t actually removed from those crates until it’s time to install them into whatever vehicle models that need them.
In most cases, crate engines are only used in high-performance vehicles such as race cars, antiques, muscle cars, and other vehicles that are popular among collectors – don’t forget luxury motor vehicles, either.
Also, crate engines are able to be operated without any major fixes, additions, installations, or other changes.
These engines are pulled from used vehicles that are not in working order – in many cases, they come from junkyards – and then transplanted into motor vehicles that are otherwise operating. Used engines are not fixed up any following removal from their original carrier and before being transplanted into their new vehicular homes.
These engines are best for applications in which owners don’t need their vehicles to last very long. They often do not come equipped with warranties, though they sometimes do – but not much longer than 30 days.
You may find that some mechanics will be willing to make a few extra changes to your rebuilt engine that other mechanics won’t be willing to touch without getting paid more parts and labor costs.
Unlike their rebuilt counterparts, remanufactured engines start off as used engines, though they end up being on pretty much the same level of performance as their new crate counterparts. The only bad part about remanufacturing engines is that the process costs a whole lot of money.