BETHESDA, MD — A “totaled” engine no longer means having to purchase a new car. Today’s car owners have another option according to the Engine Repower Council (ERC) — purchasing a repowered engine. The ERC is working to promote repowered engines as a viable alternative for consumers.
“Repowering” simply means installation of a rebuilt/remanufactured engine by a vehicle service provider, or the process of rebuilding an existing engine and reinstalling it. Both are alternatives to trading in your vehicle, said the ERC.
A rebuilt engine is one that has been remanufactured to prescribed standards and specifications by highly skilled machinists, using state-of-the-art equipment and components. During this process, many new components are installed that meet or exceed original equipment performance standards.
“Although our industry has been providing rebuilt/remanufactured engines for more than 60 years, very few consumers know the quality, value and savings that rebuilt/remanufactured engines offer,” said ERC Chairman Dave Wooldridge.
“Rebuilt/remanufactured engines carry a strong warranty and are built to exacting specifications using the latest in engine rebuilding equipment and technology. Rebuilt/remanufactured engines can in some cases even be an improvement over the original engine as factory design and manufacturing flaws can be corrected during the rebuilding process.”
The cost for a remanufactured part is generally 30 to 50 percent of what a new part would cost, because labor, energy and raw materials are conserved. In general, rebuilt/remanufactured engines offer performance, reliability and a good warranty compared to a used engine, as well as significant cost savings over both used and new vehicles.
The Engine Repower Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating consumers about the economic and environmental benefits of rebuilt and remanufactured engines, as well as facilitating rebuilt/remanufactured engine marketing and sales opportunities for the vehicle service repair outlet. For more information about the Engine Repower Council, visit: www.enginerepower.org.
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