It’s time to replace an engine...should you just replace the vehicle?
With all fleets and commercial vehicles, there comes a time you have to decide - do we fix this vehicle, or replace it? At Lake Ridge Automotive in Woodbridge, VA, we’re here to help you figure that out.
It can be tempting to just invest in a new car, truck, or van, and be done with the issues you’re having. There are a number of factors that go into making that decision.
Overall Mechanical Condition - Where are your problems concentrated? If the engine runs poorly, the transmission slips, the steering, and suspension are bad, and various electronics are out, you might be better off replacing the whole vehicle. If the vehicle leaks oil, runs poorly, burns oil, and the engine is noisy, all of these issues will be corrected with an engine replacement. If the issues are concentrated on the engine, you’ll have a good vehicle again once the old one is gone. The right technicians can have you there in no time.
Overall external condition - Is the vehicle rusty or wrecked? It may not make sense to put money into a rust bucket or beat-up old vehicle. However, if the vehicle is otherwise in good shape, it’s got a lot of life left in it. Replacing the engine will keep it on the road for years to come. We can help you determine if your vehicle is ready for a second wind, or needs to be retired.
What’s the cost breakdown? - Fleet vehicles are expensive. If it’ll cost three times as much to fix it as it would cost to replace it, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a new one. However, you can repair a vehicle for considerably less than a new one, and hold on to a vehicle you already know the maintenance/repair/reliability history of.
If you’ve got a vehicle that’s all around on its last leg, we don’t blame you for trading it in. But, if the vehicle is overall pretty nice besides the problems at hand, our technicians will bring new life to it - keeping it on the road for tens of thousands of miles to come.
If you need a second opinion on where your vehicle stands, we’d be more than happy to take a look. At Lake Ridge Automotive in Woodbridge, VA, we’ll help you weigh your options and decide what course is best for you.
Thank you for visiting Lake Ridge Automotive in Woodbridge, VA. Count on our automotive repair technicians to keep your car, truck, suv, or van on the roads longer and safer.