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Choosing a Remanufactured Engine Over a Salvage Yard Assembly

July 12, 2017

“Should I use a remanufactured engine or a salvage yard assembly?”

This one of the more frequent questions we’re asked by our friends and customers, and it’s a crucial one for any project. Unfortunately, like most things in life, the answer is complicated.

At nFLOW, we suggest you use four basic criteria when making this important decision: dependability, longevity, performance and price. Let’s take a close look at each one:

Criteria #1: Dependability

When remanufacturing an engine, companies like nFLOW begin by completely disassembling the engine (see video for more details about this process). This allows us to inspect every individual part and determine what needs to be replaced.

All major components and even smaller components like bolts and washers are examined for wear, cracks, or other visual defects — simply put, if there’s anything wrong with any part of the engine, we’ll identify and fix the problem.

Salvage yard assemblies, on the other hand, typically are not examined this scrupulously.

They’re usually a combination of different engine parts from discarded vehicles, and it’s difficult to know if individual components are worn, cracked, or compatible with the engine of your choice.

Criteria #2: Longevity

How long do you want your engine to last?

If your answer is anything other than “just a week or two,” then you’re always better off with a remanufactured engine.

nFLOW’s remanufactured engines, in particular, are constructed using state-of-the-art CNC equipment and newly purchased premium or stringently remanufactured replacement parts, ensuring long-lasting performance.

Don’t overthink this one. If you want your engine to last longer, without a doubt you should choose a remanufactured engine.

Salvage yard assemblies will not give you the same longevity as remanufactured engines.

With additional advantage, nFLOW’s remanufactured engines come with a 6-month express limited warranty (with the option to extend to 180 days).

Criteria #3: Performance

At nFLOW, we use new, premium purchased components or highly machined and inspected remanufactured parts in all of our: 

  • Rods
  • Pistons
  • Rings
  • Bearings
  • Oil pumps
  • Cam chains
  • Gaskets
  • Oil seals
  • You name it!

We use high-quality parts not because they look prettier (though they certainly do), but because they perform better with both stock and high performance packages. After reassembling the engine, we subject it to a number of quality performance tests.

It’s only after passing these tests that we certify it as a remanufactured nFLOW engine.

Salvage yard assemblies aren’t normally put through these quality performance tests.

Criteria #4: Price

This is where it gets a little tricky.

Although remanufactured engines are considerably cheaper than new engines (up to 50% less), different makes and models will be priced differently with salvage yard engines due to the availability of scrapped engines they possess.

Shops like nFLOW which use premium components have stable and predictable prices.

Since a remanufactured engine increases your vehicle’s future resale value, you might want to examine both the short-term and long-term cost of using a salvage yard assembly.

In conclusion, purchasing a remanufactured engine is always your best choice.

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