Toyota Used Parts/Engines/Transmissions/Etc
Sometimes used parts can provide extraordinary savings over new parts. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that there is almost no ability to reliably control for quality. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
You know the problem that you have with your current engine or transmission or whatever? And how perhaps just a short while ago it didn’t have that problem?
If your car had been totaled during that time before engine had failed, the engine would have been sold as a good part—then, a short time later after being installed in another car it would have failed in the same manner as it has in your car.
Also, since most used parts come out of vehicles that have been involved in an accident, when you buy a larger component (like an engine) it’s not uncommon to discover that there are related/attached parts that are broken or cracked.
Sometimes these aren’t discovered until you’ve already installed the engine along with it’s vital fluids; it’s at that point that a leak tells you that something is cracked.
If problems with the newly installed used part aren’t discovered until it’s been installed, most suppliers will only warranty the part. In that case, you end up having to pay the labor again in order to pull the part you just had installed, and then pay to install another used part that has its unknowns as well. This can be partially dodged by purchasing a labor warranty policy from them up front, but even in that case they don’t pay the full labor costs.
We will very occasionally get involved in using used parts. However, because of the above problems, we generally have a strong bias toward repairing your existing engine or transmission, and when we do, we prefer to use new parts.
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