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Don’t Buy a Used Engine Until You See This

If you’re looking for a used engine for your car or truck, it can be a long and tiring search. Used or recycled engines can save you tons of money on a replacement part and are a great fit for your vehicle, but are usually hard to find. NOT ANYMORE. Thanks to, you can search, compare and buy millions of used auto parts all online, including engines. But how do we do it? One of our Sellers, Caleb Lindquist at Heritage Auto Parts in Mobile, AL explains the process of how he tests and inventories used engines for sale on the PartCycle Marketplace.


When you buy a used engine, it comes as an entire assembly. You are guaranteed to receive the following parts:

  • Long Block
  • Cylinder Heads
  • Internal Long Block Components

Extras that Typically Come With a Used Engine

  • Timing Cover
  • Oil Pan
  • Valve Cover
  • Exhaust Manifold
  • Water Pumps
  • Other Extras

These extra parts save your installation mechanic a lot of time when installing the engine, which saves you money.

search millions of used engine from partcycle.comWHERE DO USED ENGINES COME FROM?

Most used engines are salvaged from wrecked vehicles. This means if a car is totaled, it is sent to an auto recycler who pulls out the undamaged parts and tests them for resale.  If the vehicle can be cranked and run, dismantlers will check the running engine to make sure it works properly. As the car is dismantled, technicians will drain the oil and fluids to make sure there hasn’t been a mixture of fluid, and then do a spin test, leak down test, and check the oil pan for signs of metal. Metal in the oil pan means trouble, and the engine would be recycled for scrap and not resold. Once the engine has been fully tested and is in good working order, technicians will plug the holes in the engine and steam clean it, before placing it on a shelf to wait for its new home.


Once your engine is purchased, they are packed on a pallet and shipped by 18-wheeler or LTL truck.  Typically, they weigh between 800 and 1000 pounds. This is not something the UPS guy can just drop at your door. This means that they need to be shipped to a commercial address or a place that can accept these types of deliveries. The easiest thing to do is to have them shipped directly to the mechanic doing the installation. That way there is no issue with the delivery and you can get back on the road sooner.

search millions of used engines at partcycle.comOnce you receive a used engine, it is good practice to go ahead and replace all of the expendable parts for new ones. This means you will want to change out the water pump, timing belt, and gaskets. These are parts that need to be replaced periodically as routine maintenance on your car, so if you go ahead and change these out while the engine is still out of the vehicle, it will save a lot of time and money. It takes a mechanic just a few minutes to replace a water pump when he engine is out of the vehicle, but it can take many hours to replace it once the engine is back in the car.


Brand new engines come naked, which means it’s just the block and heads with no extra parts. They are also very expensive. Don’t believe us? See this post. Because they don’t come with timing covers, oil pans, valve covers, exhaust manifolds, water pumps or other extras, you have to pay even more to get a complete engine assembly.  Used engines from PartCycle are triple tested, fully dressed with extras, a lot less expensive, and should be the preference from your mechanic as well.

PartCycle Sellers test their engines over and over again. They are available and ready to ship for many different makes and models, sometimes that are unavailable to purchase new. It saves your mechanic time on the install as well, which saves you money. Used engines are half price (or more) of new, and can get you back on the road faster for less. In addition, all parts sold on PartCycle are backed by a 180 day warranty, so you can be sure that you are getting a quality part that we will stand behind. Standard shipping is free on all parts (even 1000 pound engines) so you can be sure you are getting what you need.

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Laura Bethea
Laura Bethea
Laura is PartCycle's Marketing and Social Media Director. She has a husband, three kids, two dogs, and one Toyota Sienna Minivan that she calls Deborah.
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