Buying Car Engines Online - Specifiaclly Ebay

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  1. I am giving serious consideration to replacing my car engine by this means and am doing my research before taking the plunge.

    What experiences (both good and bad) have people had doing it this way? I am after advice - both positive and negative so I can arrive at a course of action.

    Many thanks

  2. A mate has just sold a Scooby engine for £1200 on eBay. The buyer has got a bargain.
  3. feedback has to be spot on if buying, also making sure that the feedback pertains to engines and not lace doilies

    I have bought/sold a few on ebay and other sites, with no dramas.

    If you are fitting it yourself, then you know the costs involved, else ask me and i will list what you will have to buy on top of the engine.

    Plus you have to face reality, is the car worth it?

    Also dont go for one of these companies that fit in a day, a friend spent 2.2k on an s-line a4 engine to be fitted, needless to say the engine is now out and the issues when stripping it were horrendous ie bolts missing, turbo gasket missing, bell housing plate mangled, intercooler not fitted correctly, the list goes on

    A good thorough fitting and test of the car should take 2 days in my honest opinion, a rush job will be just that
  4. As Bipolar has stated. Also, make sure that if you want the whole lot, you're getting all the ancillaries like injection pumps, manifolds etc.

    I have bought a complete engine and 'box for a ZZ-R600, a Rocket box for and OSF and a couple of turbochargers from eBay with no dramas.

    Mong sellers are usually given away by shite descriptions.
  5. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    If you buy one from a company in west London, get the company number and google it. There is a notorious gang that run under several names such as reconditioned engines or similar. A mate got her car taken there to be fixed, engine replaced etc on a really good deal. Once they had it, the price started bumping up day by day.

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  6. I wouldn't buy a donor engine unless I'd seen it running with my own eyes.
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  7. Albert makes a good point - what is the engine for?
  8. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    I've bought all sorts on eBay. Suspension, transfer box and bits and pieces. But I wouldn't buy an engine on eBay. I would want to look at it and look the man in the eye who I was buying it from. He would be a local scrapper. And I would know where he lives.

    An engine change is major surgery and as has been said, are you getting just the block, or starter motor, alternator, pumps, carbs etc?

    I'd go to a local scrap yard. You can nick all sorts while the Pikey bastards are not looking.
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  9. I'd urge caution there; they have a very strict moral code.

    Obviously depending on which foot is wearing the shoe at the particular time.
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  10. As the above says..try to hear it and see it running
    and ask yourself why is this engine in a breakers in the first place?
    but in saying that I have bought trouble free major components from the like of dronsfield.
  11. I bought a Saab engine off e-bay no problem at all and it is still going strong after 5 years
  12. Just to add that some key electrical items on engine can be uniquely registered to the OE engine management , meaning that it won't run unless put on dealer diagnostic's and reset , this can be overcome by using every sensor and switch from the original engine but often there have been small changes between years of the same model car.
    depends what's up with your engine but odds are the "new" engine is likely to suffer the same issues , also many engines from crash damaged vehicles have suffered hidden damage by impact or by running whilst upside down etc , that said I know people who have fitted S/H engines with no dramas, personaly I wouldn't buy a S/H engine unless I had seen and heard it running for a sensible period of time , also had chance to see it before it had been steamed off and to look t the general condition of the donor vehicle , warrantys from these companys are worth little , if the engine is an exchange unit don't send yours back untill you are happy with the new one.
  13. Firstly dont buy off a private seller as you have no worthwile warranty ,if you buy off an engine specialist check out if they are VAT registerd and how long they have been trading ,what car is it for ? many have owners clubs / forums , join and ask ,depending on what your car is it may be worth asking your main agent , sounds mad but you can be pleasantly surprised occaisionaly .

    If you buy recon ask whats been replaced ie pistons , shells , cam and followers? and also ask what make the components were ie chinese of european made.
  14. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    My dear friend Dekka the Monkey has an elegant solution to a car with a blown motor.

    Jack up the number plates. Slide the car out. Slide the new car in. Replace the number plates.
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