#1 - Ordering An Engine Without Checking If It's Been Tested...

This consists of dyno testing, compression testing, oil pressure testing, and leak down.

#2 - Ordering An Engine Without Asking If It's Got A Warranty...

The length of the warranty isn't as big of an issue as making sure you at least have some type of warranty-- even a thirty day. The reason for this is to make sure the engine runs properly after being dropped into your car.

#3 - Not Asking What Shipping Costs Will Be...

Just because you've been quoted a price, doesn't mean that will be the total price. Most companies who sell engines will give you a quote that sounds great, but when actually making the purchase they will tack on another $150 - $400 or more.

#4 - Shipping To A Residential Address...

Shipping to a residential address will be a much higher shipping cost in almost all cases. Always ship your engine to a business address when possible.

#5 - Not Specifying If You Need A Long Block Or A Short Block Engine

Long Block - a long block engine is the actual block with cylinder heads, all accessories from old engine must be used unless otherwise approved by your ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified mechanic. All new and rebuilt engines may require you to use your existing accessories off your old engine (alternator, starter, oil pan, alternator, intake manifold, exhaust manifold, power steering pump, and the air conditioner compressor ) unless you negotiate otherwise during the purchase of your engine.

Short Block - a short block engine is part of the engine block located above the oil pan, but under the head gasket. A flathead engine will have the valvetrain and the cam included. The overhead valve engine will not include the parts mentioned above. A short block is in most cases ordered to ungrade the bore, piston, or water jacket. The assembly will usually include the crankshaft installed balanced along with the main bearing. A short block is no good when it warps or cracks.

#6 - Not Asking If There Is A Core Charge...

Don't be surprised to be hit with a core charge when getting ready to place your order. This is another fee that is seldom brought up until you're ready to place the order. Although this charge is refundable, it may surpass what you can afford. These charges can be $100 to $1,000 or more. The core usually requires the block and heads intact and there is to be no cracks on the blocks or heads.

#7 - Not Asking What The Estimated Arrival Date...

In some cases the company you purchase an engine from could be buying your engine from a different state. Not only can this cost more in shipping fees, but you may be waiting weeks before delivery. Always follow up to track your engine. If they tell you they can't give you a tracking number but it's on the way, be advised: this usually means the engine hasn't been shipped at all.

To avoid these deadly mistakes...Please visit http://www.GotEngines.com and work with people who care!

Brian Hanson
Got Engines Inc.
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