Often the idea of your vehicle needing any kind of engine repair is accompanied with a fair measure of dread at what the expected cost will be. There is no way to sugarcoat it—unfortunately, most engine repairs are not cheap. However, before you panic, it is wise to have a talk with one of our auto technicians about the options, as it may just be more affordable than you think.
The first thing to do is determine if your engine repair could be covered by either the original warranty or an extended warranty. All too often, people forget that some makes and models have engine warranties that go longer than the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Some include 10-year warranties, and there are even some that have been extended to lifetime warranties, depending on the dealership.
The next thing to do is ask us for a quote on the costs involved with the engine repair and then compare the total bill with what it would cost for a rebuilt, used or new engine. Sometimes you can get a rebuilt engine for less than the cost to repair the one you have. In some cases, you might even be able to find a used low-mileage engine from a vehicle that was totaled in an accident, but has no engine damage. These are all options to consider, and one of our auto technicians at Joyce Automotive will be happy to investigate on your behalf.
Even the worst case scenario of buying a new engine is far more affordable than buying a brand new car, and you may have some choices for getting a more fuel efficient or more powerful engine than the one you have. The important part of dealing with engine repair is weighing your options so you get the most for your money.