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Cost of a car engine replacement

Updated July 19, 2017

With regular maintenance, most cars can last for a long while. Regular oil changes, tire replacement and tune-ups can make a car go a long way. However, engine replacement, unlike types of car work which most people consider to be regular maintenance, is a major repair.

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Many internal engine problems, such as a blown head gasket, cracked head or cracked piston, can be repaired without having to replace an entire engine.


While taking the time to replace an engine may seem labour-intensive and costly, it will add years to a vehicle's life and will save a car owner from the cost of having to buy a new car.


Taking a car to a mechanic and replacing an engine with a used engine can cost between £650 to £1,300 for parts and labour.


Car owners interested in replacing their engines with new ones can expect to pay anywhere between £1,300 to £2,600.


For those interested in doing the engine replacement themselves, purchasing specialised tools needed for the job is a cost to consider in addition to the price of a replacement engine.

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About the Author

Mya Lopez-Sanchez began writing professionally in 2008 and her work appears on LIVESTRONG and eHow. Lopez-Sanchez's professional expertise includes making sales, building relationships and technical support. She graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

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