Should I Buy a New Car or Engine

May 14, 2024

Should I Buy a New Car or a New Engine?

Are you grappling with the decision to replace your car's engine or purchase a new vehicle? Milex Complete Auto Care can help you spot signs it’s time for a replacement and evaluate costs to ensure you make a well-informed decision.

Your car’s engine is the heart of your vehicle. An internal combustion engine is a complex machine designed to convert fuel into motion. Fuel and air mix and burn inside the engine’s cylinders, creating power, pushing the pistons, turning the crankshaft, and driving the wheels of your car.

Regular maintenance is key to preserving your car's engine. Timely oil changes, replacing the air filter, ensuring proper coolant levels, and keeping the engine components clean will extend the life of your car’s engine, even as your odometer climbs. Regular check-ups can prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems.

Signs Your Engine Is in Trouble
Fortunately, there are signs to indicate your engine is in trouble, so you can eliminate the need for a tow and plan for the future:

  • High fuel consumption: If you start to notice you’re spending more money on gas, it could be the start of an engine problem.
  • Excessive smoke: Excessive smoke from the exhaust, especially if it's blue or black, can indicate serious engine issues.
  • Knocking sounds: Unusual knocking sounds from the engine can suggest internal damage.
  • Overheating: Does your car frequently overheat? Your engine block could be cracked.
  • Metal shavings in oil: If your mechanic finds metal shavings in the car’s engine oil, it could be a sign your car’s engine is starting to deteriorate with age.
  • Loss of power: If your car struggles with acceleration or maintaining speed, the engine might be starting to fail.

New Car vs. Engine Replacement
Replacing an engine can be a significant investment, but it might be justified if the rest of the vehicle is in excellent condition. On the other hand, investing in a new car might offer more reliability, better fuel efficiency, and updated safety features.

A rebuilt engine can help cut replacement costs, but it will not last as long as a new or remanufactured engine. Rebuilding an engine typically involves disassembling the engine, inspecting all the parts, and replacing only the components that are worn out or damaged. Common parts that might be replaced include bearings, gaskets, and seals. Remanufacturing an engine is a more comprehensive and standardized process. It involves completely disassembling the engine, cleaning all the components, and restoring them to the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications.

Here’s what you need to consider:

  • Cost: Compare the cost of a new engine, including installation, to the price of a new or gently used vehicle. A new four-cylinder engine costs around $4,000, and a high-performance engine can have a price tag of $10,000, according to J.D. Power. Remember, a new engine doesn't address other potential aging issues with the car. 
  • Vehicle's overall condition: If your car is in good condition apart from the engine, replacing the engine might be more cost-effective. However, investing in a new vehicle might be a better choice if there are multiple issues or if the car is old.
  • Emotional value: Sometimes, a car holds sentimental value, making the decision more than about cost.

 Milex: Your Engine Authority
Regular maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your engine, and Milex Complete Auto Care is here to provide the expert care your car needs to stay road-ready. We offer a range of services, including oil changes and fluid checks, to keep your engine in top condition. We conduct thorough engine inspections to catch and address issues early, and our advanced diagnostic tools help identify potential problems before they become serious issues.

What sets Milex apart is our commitment to quality and customer service. We understand the complexities of car engines and offer honest, transparent advice on whether to replace your engine or invest in a new car. Our technicians are highly skilled and equipped with the latest technology to provide the best care for your vehicle.

Whether you choose to replace your engine or buy a new car, we're here to support you. Find your local Milex to help your car last for the long haul.

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