Buying a used car is always a little more tricky than buying something brand new. However, buying a used car that has a new motor can be even more tricky. It's easy to assume that a new motor in a used car is a good deal, but this can sometimes prove to be a misjudgment. There are a few things you do need to know about buying a car that has had the engine replaced. Here's a quick look at a few of those things you need to know.
The displayed mileage will not be correct for the motor.
When you first climb into a used vehicle with a new engine, you may be a little off-put by the number of miles on the odometer. When a motor is replaced, a dealer cannot technically roll back the mileage on the odometer, as this is a measure of how many miles the entire car has driven, not just the engine. To get a better record of how many miles the engine has, make sure you ask the seller exactly at what point the engine was replaced.
The body of the car can have substantial wear.
The engine is often looked at as the full-on heart of a vehicle. However, a vehicle is like a body; it has other parts that will wear out, besides just the heart. So just like the skeletal system can have problems in an aging body, the frame, undercarriage, and chassis of a car can, too. Even if a car has been outfitted with a brand new motor, it does not mean you have a brand new car. An old person who gets a new heart still has other ailments to contend with because their body is old, and you will, too, if you buy a used car with a new engine.
The transmission can be close to failure.
When a reputable dealer takes in a used car that needs a new motor, they will oftentimes assess the transmission to determine if it also needs to be replaced. This is because if an engine has already failed because of high mileage, chances are, the transmission is also nearing the end of its lifespan. Knowing this, you should make sure you are careful about buying a used car with a new motor, if the transmission has not been replaced, especially if the car has high mileage.
Used cars are often economical investments, just be sure you know what you are paying for.